THE potential to follow in his father’s footsteps and play for Tasmania at the highest level would be a “dream come true” for Tanner Krebs.
And, with the Southern Huskies taking the basketball world by storm with their push to join the NBL, that dream could be closer than ever.
Krebs, one of the state’s brightest prospects, is back with St Mary’s as part of the American college side’s pre-season tour of Australia and NZ.
Today, the Gaels, also feat- uring Burnie product Kyle Clark, will take on the Hobart Chargers at the Kingborough Sports Centre.
Krebs is the son of Dan, who starred in his one season with the Tassie Devils in 1990 as an import, averaging 25.3 points and 12.4 rebounds before going on to coach both the Chargers men’s and women’s side, taking the men to the league championship in 2008.
Tanner has been keeping an eye on the rapid progress of the Huskies since they went public with their plans several weeks ago, and couldn’t be more excit- ed about the possibilities which it could open.
“For me, an NBL side in Tassie would be a dream come true to be honest, I had the opportunity to play for Tassie at the junior level which is always great,” the sharp-shooting guard said. “Representing your state is such a great honour, but to do it at the professional level would just be unbelievable.
“My dad played for Tassie back in the day and to do the same thing would be a dream come true for me.”
Krebs is entering his third season with St Mary’s and is preparing to take on an even bigger presence after an outstanding sophomore campaign.
The 22-year-old started in 29 of his 36 appearances, averaging 27.6 minutes, 7.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 threepointers a match at nearly 40 per cent.
Despite missing the NCAA March Madness Tournament, the Gaels finished last season with their highest win percentage ever and single most wins in program history (30-6).
Whether the college which has produced Australian NBA stars such as Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova can remain a threat could hinge on the output of Krebs, with senior stars Jock Landale, Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar finishing their college careers.
“This tour is a really good way for us to establish new roles on the team, some younger guys are going to have to step up into bigger roles, myself included,” Krebs said.
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