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HALL OF FAME

Adelaide Giants

Inga Freidenfelds learned to play basketball in a Displaced Persons Camp in Europe in 1946.

After immigrating to Australia as a fifteen year old in 1950, he made his senior debut for South Australia as a 19-year old in 1954 and following the 1955 Australian Championships he was selected to the 1956 Olympic Games team as Captain. At 21 years of age, he is still the youngest captain of an Australian Olympic Basketball Team in our history.

A true gentleman of the game, he was the South Australian Basketballer of the Year three times during the 1950s and remained in highest esteem up to and beyond his retirement in the mid 1960s as an outstanding ambassador for the game.

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Adelaide Giants

Known as ‘Big George’ in his playing days he was a pioneering player in Australian international basketball. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games he was a member of the first Australian team to ever compete in an Olympic basketball competition.

As a player, he was an unstoppable 200 centimeter giant of the game. He played an impressive 11 official games for Australia including the pre-Olympic tournament in Rome in 1960.

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Noarlunga City Tigers

When you look at the WNBL record book, the name Julie Nykiel jumps out at you straight away. Despite finishing her career in 1990, Julie still has the second highest points per game average as well as the equal fifth highest field goal percentage in the history of the league. Her single-game record of 53 points, set in 1982, stood for over 20 years and was achieved without the benefit of a three-point line. She also holds the record for the most shots attempted in a game (40, in 1986.) All this was done for a Noarlunga Tigers (now Southern Tigers) team that only reached the Grand Final once, suffering a heart-breaking 73-71 loss to Coburg in 1985.

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Noarlunga City Tigers

As a four-time Olympian, five-time World Championship athlete and three-time Australian captain, Phil Smyth has represented Australia with distinction as a player.

He represented Australia at the 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics, and has captained Australia more times than any player in history. In his time he was recognised as one of the premier point guards in the world.

Smyth’s success in the National Basketball League is unprecedented with six Championships to his name as a player and a coach.

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Noarlunga City Tigers

Unquestionably one of the best bigs this country has ever produced, Mark Bradtke burst onto the basketball scene as an 18-year-old at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His international career was a decorated one: representing Australia in 205 games over 14 years, Bradtke participated in four Olympic games and two FIBA World Championships, claiming two Gaze Medals as Australia’s International Player of the Year.

His NBL career was equally impressive. In 1989 he took out the award for Most-Improved Player while playing for Adelaide, but Hogey’s career blossomed after he moved to Melbourne in 1992. He helped the Tigers win championships in 1993 and 1997, claimed the 2002 Most Valuable Player award, and in total, earned 10 All-NBL First Team honours.

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Andris Blicavs

Adelaide Giants

Blicavs played for the Australia men's national basketball team during the 1970s. He competed for Australia at the 1974 World Championship in Puerto Rico and the 1978 World Championship in the Philippines. Blicavs also represented Australia at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Blicavs is married to former Opals player Karen Ogden, who represented Australia at the 1983 World Championship held in Brazil.[3] Their son, Mark Blicavs was drafted by the Geelong Football Club in 2012, while their daughter, Sara Blicavs has played basketball for the Australian Insitiute of Sport and Dandenong Rangers.

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