Like with so many professional athletes, there comes a point in their teenage years where they are forced to choose one sport over others if they are serious about making a professional career out of it. Bendigo Braves point guard Kevin White is no exception. A talented rugby league, basketball and table tennis player at the age of 16 he had three choices. Continue to push for selection in the NSW School Boys rugby league team, defend his under 17 Australian table tennis title or move to the NSW Institute of sport to continue his basketball development. He obviously chose the latter.
Kevin spent two years at the NSW Institute of Sport under head coach Rob Beverage. The pair have had a long association as player and coach, winning the Australian under 20 Championship with NSW in 2005 they teamed up again last year with the Illawarra Hawks in the NBL and Kevin has recently signed a two year extension on his contract.
Crediting Beverage as assisting him with a college placement, White went on to redshirt (google it) for San Diego in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) due to a dislocated shoulder injury forcing him out of the game only days before travelling to the States. The following year he received a three year scholarship to play for the Seawolf’s in Alaska where he was a member of the team that posted the best record in the university’s history with a 29-6 win loss record.
Since moving back to Australia, White has been busy playing for the Sydney Kings under Shane Heal and with the Hawks in the NBL over the summer and had stints with the Hobart Chargers, Ballarat Miners and the Braves in the SEABL in the winter. At one point he even considered switching codes having been approached several times by the Ballarat Roosters and by the looks of some of his google images he also dabbled in a bit male modelling.
White was named after his famous grandad Kevin Hansen who represented the Australian Kangaroos in several Rugby Tours in the 40’s and 50’s. He also has a cousin that narrowly missed selection for the Rio Olympics in triathlon.
Having lived in many places in the world White credits Bendigo as one of his favourite cities largely due to the people. White spent last week moving his belongings to Illawarra in preparation for the coming NBL season returning without a car. Knowing how vital he is to the success of the team, loyal Braves members Jeremy and Amanda Dettmann loaned him their car for the remainder of his time in Bendigo, a gesture not lost on him.
The starting point guard is very keen to finish the season on a high and bring a championship to Bendigo so jump on line and purchase your ticket to this weekend’s conference grand final and witness a quality NBL point guard right here in your own backyard.
Tickets are available at https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=61736 and are selling fast.
Kevin is proudly sponsored by Burns Air Conditioning and Plumbing