Rising star leaves SW

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
The Slammers men’s program will be without Travis Durnin in 2019.
Camera IconThe Slammers men’s program will be without Travis Durnin in 2019. Credit: South Western Times, Mitchell Woodcock

The Printsync South West Slammers men’s program will be without SBL rising star Travis Durnin in 2019.

Slammers men’s head coach John Triscari confirmed to the Bunbury Herald that Durnin had signed with the Mandurah Magic – and such is the nature of the basketball industry, like-bodied replacements had already been sourced to fill his spot.

“We’ve got a couple of people who have contacted me from Perth wanting to come down,” he said.

“And there’s also a lot of local talent.

“So someone of Travis’ height would be someone that we are looking for – while one door closes, another door opens.

“But we’ve had a couple of guards train with us between 6ft 1 and 6ft 3, who in my opinion could fill that spot.”

In a plus for Triscari, Slammers veteran Michael Lay will spend 2019 as a playing assistant coach, while US import Brian Voelkel has re-signed for another season.

“Michael will be one of our assistant coaches so we will have a set of eyes on the court as well,” he said.

With both imports secured for next season, Triscari is keen for his side to adapt to a new brand of play as the Slammers aim for a return to the playoffs.

“With a new coach and a new style of play, it’s going to take the group a while to come to grips with the stuff I demand and expect,” he said.

“I’m hoping my professionalism will rub off on the guys and they will hopefully be really well prepared for games – through the scouting reports, video sessions and stuff that we will put together.”

Triscari said there would be an emphasis placed on situational basketball and defence during pre-season training as the Slammers gear up for the SBL pre-season blitz tournament in March.

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