Handy An­der­son

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM SMITH

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.

“I’m go­ing to have to step up and be more of a go-to player this year. I am re­ally ex­cited to come back home and show ev­ery­one how much I have grown as a player.” ASHLEIGH Barty faces an omi­nous task to reach the Cana­dian Open fi­nal for the first time af­ter world No. 1 Si­mona Halep also breezed into the semi-fi­nals in Mon­treal. Barty will play the Ro­ma­nian for the first time af­ter dis­patch­ing Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-1 in less than an hour to ex­tend her per­fect record over the Dutch­woman. The Aus­tralian 15th seed was in com­plete con­trol over Bertens, who en­tered the con­test with con­fi­dence af­ter elim­i­nat­ing top-10 ranked op­po­nents Karolina Pliskova and Pe­tra Kvi­tova. JIMMY An­der­son showed he re­mains a deadly propo­si­tion in English con­di­tions, tak­ing 5-20 as Eng­land bowled out In­dia for 107 on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test at Lord’s. Af­ter the en­tire first day was lost to rain, fur­ther wet con­di­tions forced a de­layed start. Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root even­tu­ally won the toss and put In­dia in to bat. An­der­son, 36, took full ad­van­tage of the con­di­tions with some out­stand­ing swing bowl­ing. It was his sixth five-wicket haul at Lord’s, giv­ing him 99 Test wick­ets at the fa­mous venue.

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