Thursday, 3 May 2012

Cairns Taipans sign college stars

Clinton Stiendl has also been recruited by the Cairns Taipans. Clinton is returning from australia at the end start of the 2012/2013 season after completing college at the NCAA mid major powerhouse St Mary's college. Clinton is renowned for being a world class shooter as assistant coach mick downer believes, “Clint has a reputation as being a world class shooter, but I think he will really surprise people with his versatility as a player,’’ Downer said.
Head coach Aaron Fearne is also excited about the prospect “Perimeter shooting is an area of the game that we felt we needed to improve on and Clint’s proven he is amongst the best in college basketball from behind the arc,” Fearne said “He has obviously had a taste of the Boomers program and will be highly motivated to continue his development towards future selections.”
Clinton is also excited about getting back and starting into the Taipans program.
“I’m really excited about everything that’s going on in Cairns, from the team that is being put together, to the club and the amazing support by the community."

The Cairns Taipans have nearly finished with their recruiting for next season having secured
Clinton Steindl, Cam Tragardh, Cam Gliddon, Dusty Rychart, Aaron Grabau and Jamar Wilson as contracted players for the 2012/13 season, with more player announcements expected in the near future it looking to be a decent team with a few new players in the professional basketball arena and the NBL. Cairns still has another import spot but the team as it stands is looking strong.

The Skytrans Cairns Taipans have signed NAIA college player Cameron Gliddon on a 2 yr deal as he finished College. The NAIA league is comparable to a div 2 NCAA league. But Glidden comes into the league with an impressive resume, he was named to the First Team All-American and won the prestigious Chuck Taylor award-the National tournament Most Valuable player. Gliddon came out in the preseason last year and trained with the Taipans so Fearne got a close look at the young Athlete. “He (Gliddon) really impressed me with his ability to shoot the ball consistently from depth and his overall smarts on the court.”
“The fact he had such a fantastic senior year with the (Concordia) Eagles proves to us that he can handle the big stage and is ready to be a contracted as a full time NBL player.”
Fearne commented on what fans should expect from the college star.
“Cam is a straight shooter. If he gets going, he will be pretty hard to stop,” said Fearne.
“He will surprise a few people with his athleticism as well, something that I felt we lacked a little bit with this season.”

Gliddon returns to Australia after a great college career. His team got the chance to play against some NCAA div 1 teams and the managed a few wins and some close losses, losing to UCLA by 1. Standing at 6'5" and able to hit the three point shot it is a great signing by the snakes and i think he will definitly give some surprises next season with his height, athleticism and shooting ability. Iv attached a highlights reel of his MVP performance at the 2012 NAIA national tournament.

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