At 204 centimetres and 104 kilograms, Richmond Football Club did not worry about the fact Canberra teen Ivan Soldo had never played a game of Australian rules football before they signed him on as a rookie this month.
He's the ''difference maker'' for the Australian Boomers - a 2.08 metre, 127 kilogram wrecking ball once nicknamed ''Baby Shaq''.
Australian Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis signalled his intent to chase the country's first medal in men's basketball.
Australian young gun Ben Simmons has missed out on the Boomers squad for the FIBA World Cup.
The Canberra Gunners' mid-season revival has come to an abrupt halt.
He is the Boomers bolter who has exploded in the past 12 months - Cameron Bairstow, following in the footsteps of Australian great Luc Longley in joining the Chicago Bulls.
Ben Simmons credits a chat with LeBron James for helping him handle the hype of being labelled the next big thing.
Life has definitely changed for Dante Exum.
For Dante Exum, sitting beside a Canberra hotel pool is as far removed as it gets from NBA draft day.
Australian basketball great Luc Longley has backed Andrew Bogut's decision to bypass the World Cup, adamant he will be motivated by a desire to get healthy and finish his NBA career on a strong note.