Basketball is the most popular sport at Sydney Boys High School, the program caters for boys of all talents and sizes. The basketball program has undergone intense development over the past decade, having culminated several GPS premierships including both the First and Second Grade premierships in 2015 and an undefeated GPS First Grade championship in 2014. Sydney High was named Champions of the Australian All-School Championships in 2010 and 2011 and has finished in the top 4 out of all Australians schools over the past six years. No other school has consistently maintained a top 4 rank. Sydney High is competitive in all age groups, having won the 15 years state CHS knockout competition in 2007-2009, 2011 and 2012. The Opens Basketball team have been undefeated CHS State Champions 2010-2012 and 2014-2015. Our winning percentage is consistently high in all competitions, although the focus is on success as opposed to winning. (As per traditions below)
Sydney High basketball teaches students to commit to the ideals of dedication, hard work, resilience, intelligence and camaraderie. There is a unique communal atmosphere surrounding basketball at Sydney High, not only from the students attending school but also those who have attended it in the past. Everyone involved feels they are a part of the positive culture.
Our program, led by Master in Charge Mr Hayman caters for all levels of ability. Mr Hayman has over a decade of senior representative playing experience in the Waratah league; the highest level in NSW. He has ongoing relationships with many US colleges and has developed players who now play in the United States, who have gone on to the Australian Institute of Sport or the National Basketball League, who have been selected as an Australian Boomer (Australian national team), who have played in Europe, and players who have played professional in other sporting codes. Mr Hayman has vastly improved the basketball program over his years of coaching at High together with the committed support of Old Boys and parents to ensure the success that the basketball at Sydney High currently enjoys.
All A and B grade teams are provided with experienced high-level coaches to further their ability; the lower grade teams are coached by Sydney High Old Boys who have developed an extensive knowledge of basketball throughout their time at High. Having learnt so much from Sydney High basketball they return to help build a communal culture throughout the school that encourages boys to be involved in the highest standard of basketball they can. For elite players, this means both within the school program and in the Basketball NSW program. Basketball games are played on Saturday mornings at home and away against the other GPS schools. Where possible, games are played indoors in first rate facilities, including at home in Sydney High’s two court indoor gymnasium.
Parental support is an essential part of the program and has been so for a number of years. Not only in supporting their boys at games but also in becoming members of the Basketball Committee which is an excellent way to help shape the development of the basketball program for the purpose of improving all the 340 boys’ enjoyment of basketball at High.
All parents and old boys are encouraged to be actively involved in the constant improvement in the program, notably Bruce Gordon who has continued to volunteer with the 1sts and 2nds several years after his son's graduation. Old boys such as George Krastev (2004), chair of the parents' committee, and Nima Sedaghat (2004), Treasurer, remain active over a decade after graduating.
Training takes place in age groups on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during school under the supervision of experienced and talented coaches including Tom Neal (former Waratah league player, NBL’s Sydney Kings and West Sydney Razorbacks squad), Andrija Dumovic (Australian Boomers, NBL Townville Crocs plus see next paragraph) and Tim Purcell (Sydney Kings squad, West Sydney Razorbacks Squad, Norths Basketball Association Life member).
Many of our athletes play representative basketball at NSW, and National level. As a school we encourage success in sporting endeavour both from within our program - eg, Spencer Llewellyn (Australian School Boys 2008, full scholarship holder Pacific University, California) – and in the student’s commitments outside of school. Many of our students have accomplished great feats with their basketball: Emmett Naar (Australian U19 team, 2010 Oceania Champions; 2011 NSW Metro Australian U18 Champions, scholarship holder, St Mary’s College, California), Andrija Dumovic (2013 Australian Boomer’s squad, 2011 Australian Emus at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia (6th); 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships in Germany (6th); 2010 Australian U18 team, FIBA Oceania Champions; 2010 NSW Metro Australian U18 Champions), Geoff Gerlach (2012 NSW Metro Australian U18 Champions; 2015 scholarship holder Concordia University, California), Craig Moller (2016 Sydney Kings). Christian Jurlina: 2014 Washington Scholarship Holder. Other school basketball athletes have gone on to professional representation in other sports, including Lloyd Peris (AFL – Sydney Swans) and Craig Moller (AFL – Fremantle Dockers; Craig has now played basketball and Australian Rules football professionally). Boys are encouraged to attend Talented Athletic Programs (TAP), National team commitments, NSW state commitments and Intensive Training Camp Programs (ITCP) even during school time.
Sydney High Basketball tradition
The High basketball tradition revolves around
Success comes from those who can focus on the moment, those who are able to ‘play one play at a time’ rather than those who focus on what might happen.
A group who can handle adversity:
An assertive group:
A great defensive team:
A ‘WE’ squad:
Fixture locations and maps are available for each week in the Upcoming Events section on the front page of this website.