A strong showing from Sydney's Alex Toohey has led the way for the NBL Next Stars contingent in Round 7.

13 Nov
By Dan Woods for

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Sydney’s Alex Toohey impressed in the Kings’ narrow win over Brisbane, and head coach Mahmoud Abdelfattah has labelled the Centre of Excellence graduate as one of the top draftable talents he has ever seen.

Toohey recently rose to number 83 in ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony’s most recent 2024 NBA Mock Draft, and continued his exceptional contribution to Sydney’s strong season with 12 points and three rebounds in over 20 minutes as a starter.

He also ended the contest with a game-best plus/minus score of +27.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">+27 and some lockdown D on a tough Brisbane lineup ?<br><br>Mahmoud Abdelfattah was all praise for Next Star Alex Toohey and his winning plays post-game.<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBL24</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBL (@NBL) <a href="">November 12, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

“His basketball IQ is through the roof,” Abdelfattah said of Toohey. “If you came to coach him you’d think he’s been in the league and been a pro for the last ten years with some of the things he does.

“There are things he does that won’t get charted, there’s no stats for it, but he’s made winning plays for us and is a big reason why we win the close games.

“The way he plays, his ability to guard one through five, I’m not sure who else can do that.

“He’s as talented as I’ll get at.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Alex Toohey has pulled the Kings back to within one to open the second half ?<br><br>Catch the action live on ESPN via Kayo Freebies | 10 Peach and 10 Play ? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBL (@NBL) <a href="">November 12, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Toohey’s opponent on Sunday – Brisbane’s Rocco Zikarsky – experienced limited burn in the face of Sydney’s shooting-happy unit of bigs, but impressed in his limited time on the floor.

The 17-year-old ended the game with six points in just over seven minutes of action, including a put-back dunk that showcased his sheer length and athleticism.

With fellow Bullets center Tyrell Harrison suffering a calf injury in the defeat, Zikarsky could be primed for an increased role in coming games.

“One of Rocco’s developments is against shooting bigs and they put a lot of shooting on the floor. Part of Rocco’s development this year is not to throw him in the deep end and put him in a position that doesn’t give him some success,” Brisbane head coach Justin Schueller said post-game.

“He did his job tonight, in his minutes we were happy with him and when there was opportunity to go back to it we liked the balance we had.

“He’ll continue to challenge me to put him out there.”

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Adelaide’s Trentyn Flowers continued to play his sparkplug role from the bench for CJ Bruton’s side, and scored eight points in almost 14 minutes of action against a defensively stout Tasmania.

Flowers looks to have found a niche as the 36ers’ energy injection from the bench, and pulled together an exceptional final minute of the first quarter, where he scored four points and registered a steal and a rebound.

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Trentyn Flowers defends Sean Macdonald in Adelaide's Round 7 defeat to Tasmania.

After feeling the pinch earlier in the season the Perth Wildcats have rebounded from their early season struggles to win their last three games.

Alexandre Sarr has embedded himself as a crucial part of the rotation during the successful run, but was effective if not a little quiet in the Wildcats’ 18-point win over New Zealand.

He registered over 12 minutes of action, with three rebounds.

New Zealand’s Mantas Rubstavicius registered a DNP in the same game.

Melbourne’s Ariel Hukporti maintained his place in Melbourne United’s lineup, despite suffering a minor knee injury last week.

United’s frontcourt stocks were clogged due to the return of injury replacement player Rob Loe into the lineup, but was still injected into the game for almost ten minutes of playing time.

He pulled down three boards, but showed his impressive abilities outside the paint with a great assist to Chris Goulding late in the third quarter.

Illawarra’s AJ Johnson has continued to work for his minutes at the Hawk. He scored two points and added a rebound in under five minutes of action in his side’s loss to Cairns.

Taipan Bobi Klintman is continuing his recovery from a hip injury.

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