Crosswell to keep playing at 36ers

BALLINA-born basketballer Nathan Crosswell is set to continue his NBL career, with the journeyman signing a two-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers last week.

The 32-year-old veteran of 313 NBL games will play at his fifth club and take on a leadership role with the young playing group.

“I'm getting towards the twilight of my playing career, so to have a contract for another two years is fantastic,” said Crosswell, who won an NBL championship with Melbourne Tigers in 2008.

“They want me to be a leader on and off the court.”

Last season Crosswell averaged 5.6 points, two assists and 16 minutes per game at Townsville Crocodiles.

And he expects more of the same at the 36ers, with a possible move into a coaching role after his two years are up.

“It's not all about the court time for me, I'd love to move into a full-time coaching position,” he said.

“They're going to help me out and let me sit in on coaches meetings to get a feel for it.

“It's hard to get a fulltime coaching job because there are only nine teams in the NBL.

“But I'd love to move into a junior development role and work with kids.

“I've got to live in some wonderful places and basketball has done a lot for me, so it would be great to give something back.”

The utility guard believes it is a great time to be a basketball player in Australia.

“It's going to take time to rebuild the sport, but I think we took some positive steps last year,” Crosswell said.

“Getting the games on free-to-air television was a smart move.

“Attendances also went up and I think in three-five years the sport will be back on the map.

“There is room for expansion in New Zealand and it would be great to see a team back in Brisbane.”

The NBL season starts in October.



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