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About The NBA Global Academy

NBA Global Academy is an elite basketball training center at Basketball Australia’s (BA) Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, Australia. NBA Global Academy is a partnership with BA and serves as the NBA’s hub for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Up to twelve elite athletes attend NBA Global Academy each year and train under the supervision of NBA-hired coaches and in collaboration with BA’s Centre of Excellence team and coaches.
The AIS campus is home to world-class, elite high-performance facilities and leading sports practitioners in the fields of sports science, sports medicine and coaching. AIS is a world leader in high-performance and is the flagship of the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Government’s sports agency. NBA Global Academy athletes attend a local private school with all other AIS athletes.
BA’s Centre of Excellence has produced many current and former NBA players, including Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Luc Longley and Patty Mills.

Coaching Staff

Technical Director
As the technical director of NBA Global Academy, Marty Clarke oversees all aspects of player development and coaching for top high school-age prospects from around the world. Clarke spent several years as the head coach of the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). During that time, Clarke also served as an assistant coach of the Australia Men’s National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games before moving to the U.S. to become the associate head coach at St. Mary’s College. The Gaels won 88 games in his final three seasons, after which Clarke returned to Australia to take up his current role with NBA Global Academy. A former Australia Junior National Team captain and NBL player, Clarke returned to the Australian Institute of Sport in 1998 as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach. In that role, he was instrumental in the development of many of Australia’s NBA and national team players, including Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes. During that tenure, Clarke was also the assistant coach of Australia’s U19 national team that won a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships, before serving as the team’s head coach for the 2007 and 2009 World Championships.
Player Development Coach
As a player development coach at NBA Global Academy, Robbie McKinlay supports the day-to-day development and coaching of top high school-age players from around the world. McKinlay brings a wealth of player development experience to the role, both at a collegiate level and with elite junior programs in Australia. Prior to his current role, McKinlay coached professionally with the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings. He was the lead assistant on Australia’s U19 Men’s National Team and served as an assistant coach for the Australia U17 Men’s National Team that claimed gold medals in the 2017 FIBA Oceania Championship and the 2018 FIBA Asia Championship. McKinlay also spent five years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Augusta State University in Georgia, where he helped transform the team into a perennial powerhouse, advancing to four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and two Final Fours. A two-year starter at Belmont Abbey College, McKinlay holds a masters in Physical Education. He is also an FIBA-accredited coach educator and holds a Performance Coach (Level Three) accreditation through Basketball Australia.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
As the strength and conditioning coach at NBA Global Academy, Shane Connolly is responsible for enhancing athletic performance, improving player health and reducing the risk of injuries for top high school-age players from around the world. Prior to his current role, Connolly served as the strength and conditioning coach at NBA Academy Shandong in China. Connolly spent four years as the director of strength and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at St. Mary's College. While at St. Mary's, he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus on coaching. Connolly is an NSCA (CSCS) and ASCA (ASCA 2) accredited strength coach and holds a USA Basketball Gold License. He played college basketball at St. Lawrence University.

Current Roster

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
TARAN ARMSTRONG g Australia 19 6'3
YONGXI "JACKY" CUI g China 18 6'5
DYSON DANIELS g Australia 18 6'2
BOL DENGDIT f Australia 18 6'8
BENJAMIN GOLD g/f New Zealand 18 6'6
JACK MCWILLIAMS c Australia 17 7'0
FELIPE MOTTA f Brazil 18 6'5
TYRESE PROCTOR g Australia 17 6'3