Isabel Palmer defies the moon boot wrapped around her left leg to work on her Maddison Rocci-like handles as a group of unknown rookies with untapped talent shoot threes nearby.
Days later five of the newest graduates of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence line up inside that same training hall for a farewell photo before departing for United States colleges.
These courts are the breeding ground for Australian basketball's future stars.
Now the next generation of prospects will be on show when the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence host the Frankston Blues in the NBL1 at the AIS on Saturday.
It is another chance for the likes of Hunter Clarke and Ashlee Hannan to push their claims as some of the nation's brightest young talents.
And a look at the honour roll suggests it is the perfect place to start - the likes of Patty Mills, Lauren Jackson, Marianna Tolo, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut came through AIS programs.
WNBL life member and former Canberra Capitals star Kristen Veal is at the helm of the women's side in the inaugural season of the NBL1 while Adam Caporn has taken the reins of the men's team.
The men's COE side, bolstered by members of the Canberra-based NBA Global Academy, sits eighth on the ladder with seven wins from 14 games, while their women's counterparts are placed 17th with two wins.
But their position on the ladder does little to determine just what these groups may be capable of.
Look at the likes of Palmer (12.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game), Hannan (4.8rbg), and Lily Scanlon (10.5 ppg) impressing against sides boasting WNBL stars. Among these ranks may well be a future league rookie of the year.
In the men's side, Western Australian product Alex Ducas is averaging 19.1ppg. Then there is Hunter Goodrick, pulling down rebounds like they're going out of fashion in the NBL's feeder competition.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but these rising stars have all the tools.
- Meanwhile, Canberra's New Zealand NBL hopes have fallen flat after no formal bid was put forward by the cut-off date.