Sobey set for big­ger role

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JOR­DAN GERRANS jor­dan.gerrans@news.com.au

A cou­ple of years ago Nathan Sobey (above) was a Cairns Mar­lin fight­ing for an NBL job, now he is ar­guably the lead­ing man for a cham­pi­onship con­tender. The 193cm swing­man, who signed a new two-year con­tract with the Ade­laide 36ers in April, is set for a larger role, in terms of lead­er­ship and play, this sea­son fol­low­ing the exit of league MVP Jerome Ran­dle. The reign­ing Most Im­proved Player of the NBL cred­its his time in the QBL with Mar­lins coach and Taipans as­sis­tant Jamie Pearl­man.

A COU­PLE of years ago Nathan Sobey was a Cairns Mar­lin fight­ing for an NBL job, now he is ar­guably the lead­ing man for a cham­pi­onship con­tender.

The 193cm swing­man, who signed a new two-year con­tract with the Ade­laide 36ers in April, is set for a larger role, in terms of lead­er­ship and play, this sea­son fol­low­ing the exit of league MVP Jerome Ran­dle.

The reign­ing Most Im­proved Player of the NBL cred­its his time in the QBL with Mar­lins coach and Taipans as­sis­tant Jamie Pearl­man and learn­ing from cur­rent and for­mer Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5 Ade­laide v Mel­bourne 7:30pm @ Ade­laide Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6 Cairns v Illawarra 7:30pm @ Cairns Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 Snakes for play­ing a role in his rise from de­vel­op­ment player to star.

“I was just wait­ing for my op­por­tu­nity, I was sit­ting be­hind some re­ally good play­ers in Cairns that year we went to the grand fi­nal,” Sobey said at the NBL sea­son launch at Syd­ney v Ade­laide 5:30pm @ Syd­ney Perth v Bris­bane 8:30pm @ Perth Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8 New Zealand v Cairns 3pm @ New Zealand Crown Casino on Mon­day.

“I learnt a lot that year from coach Aaron Fearne, Shaun Bruce and Cam Glid­don, who were play­ing heavy min­utes.

“I just made sure I was ready to go when my name was called.

“Pearls let me just play when I was in the QBL, I did not play much dur­ing the sea­son with the Taipans and jump­ing into the same sys­tem with the Mar­lins, I just wanted to play as much as I could.

“The QBL was very strong as a league, it looks like it has got­ten even stronger since I was there.”

Ade­laide pro­duced mixed re­sults in last week’s NBL Blitz, down­ing Perth Wild­cats be­fore los­ing to Bris­bane Bul­lets and New Zealand Break­ers.

The squad will fly to Sin­ga­pore next week to take on a range of Asian clubs at the Mer­lion Cup.

The Vic­to­rian na­tive does not see his on-court role chang­ing too much this sea­son with­out the ex­ploits of Ran­dle but feels his voice and ex­pe­ri­ence will be called upon more in Joey Wright’s side.

“I do not think my role will change a lot maybe just more lead­er­ship,” Sobey said.

“But, we are los­ing our point guard from the last two years, just know­ing the of­fence and stuff will be on me as I have been around for three years.

“It will be about get­ting all the boys in the right di­rec­tion and or­gan­is­ing what Joey wants.”

The 36ers will kick off the 40th edi­tion of the NBL when they host Mel­bourne United at Ade­laide Arena on Oc­to­ber 5.

Pic­ture: GETTY

KEY MAN: Nathan Sobey of the Ade­laide 36ers in ac­tion dur­ing the 2017 NBL Blitz pre-sea­son match against the Bris­bane Bul­lets.

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