In the lead up to the Schick 3X3 Cup, the Rams would like to provide a team update. Rams Assistant Coach George Robinson will be taking the reign of the Rams 3X3 team at the upcoming Schick 3X3 Cup in Invercargill 12th – 14th November. Alongside his past years of coaching experience with the Rams side, Robinson has coached at various successful high schools, at Fresno State University (USA) and is currently the assistant coach for the Junior Tall Ferns.
Rams General Manager Caleb Harrison commented on Robinson’s appointment saying “We’re excited for George and the opportunity for him to lead the Rams Schick 3X3 team. George has been an integral part of the Rams staff, and we believe this will help his development as a coach and to gain further experience. We have a young team representing the Rams, who we think will thrive under George and his leadership. We’re looking forward to seeing our team in action down in Invercargill.”
George commented on the opportunity saying “I am thrilled for the opportunity from the Rams organization to coach the inaugural 3X3 Rams team. Their ongoing support in my coaching journey has been huge and I’m extremely grateful to represent the Rams organisation. I look forward to working with our younger athletes and continuing their development from the Sal’s NBL Showdown.”
There is a strong North Canterbury representation in the Rams Schick 3X3 squad, with George currently being the Development Manager at North Canterbury Basketball, alongside three of the players being from the region also. Ben Hall has joined the team due to Sam Smith currently rehabbing an injury, along with Jack Exeter and Mason Whittaker who all have North Canterbury roots. Ben Carlile-Smith will round out the Rams 3X3 team, giving Robinson a youthful, energetic team to lead at the Cup.
Due to injury and unavailability for Rams players like Taylor Britt, Max Darling, Jack Salt, Alex Talma, Toby Gillooly and Joe Cook-Green the focus behind the Schick 3X3 Cup team has been developing Rams roster depth. Then providing players like Ben and Mason further professional preparation for their USA college endeavours.
The Rams are looking forward to the Sal’s NBL 2021 season, and preparations are underway as players train with Head Coach Mick Downer over the summer. Get your season memberships for 2021 today and catch all the action at Cowles next year.
The Schick 3X3 Cup schedule has been announced, for all the fixtures check out the below:
Tickets for the Schick 3×3 Cup are available from $8 at Ticketek, and all games will be screened on Sky Sport.