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Sims shoots for a new NBL break

AIMING HIGH: Ipswich Force basketballer Daniel Sims is helping the Force in the QBL while looking for future NBL opportunities.
AIMING HIGH: Ipswich Force basketballer Daniel Sims is helping the Force in the QBL while looking for future NBL opportunities. David Nielsen

TO say Ipswich-born National Basketball League prospect Daniel Sims has slipped under the radar is an understatement.

He's been targeted by the Adelaide 36ers as a development player without much fanfare.

However, while waiting for a future NBL break, he's shown his strong connection to the city by returning to play for Ipswich Force in the Queensland Basketball League.

Sims, 21, scored 11 points in 13 minutes in his first QBL game last weekend, helping Force beat Toowoomba 97-79.

The athletic guard is keen to complete his QBL campaign with Ipswich, having just returned from his stint with the Adelaide 36ers.

"It was a great experience," Sims said, benefiting from the leadership aspects at the NBL organisation.

"I think it changed my game a lot.

"I felt like I did a pretty good job, compared to the other development players."

Although the well-travelled Sims didn't go to school in Ipswich, his mum Karen grew up in the city.

The former Logan junior and South West player likes spending time here when not interstate or overseas.

He practiced with Force last year before getting an opportunity to play in his first QBL season.

"It's a great team, it's perfect for me," he said, currently living at Bundamba with his grandmother.

"I want to play my role and just help the team get to the championships, get that playoff spot and go as far as you can go."

Before being scouted by the Adelaide 36ers, he had three years with Peninsula Community College in the United States, based in Washington State.

He's also spent time on the Gold Coast and playing junior basketball at Logan, before representing the Queensland under-18 team.

For someone in his early 20s, he's already packed a lot into his basketball career.

However, that's what he wants to pursue before considering future study options.

"You go through stages in your career where it's a learning process really so I've just got to take in what the coaches are telling me and use it to make the next step," he said.

He'll weigh up courses to study after helping Force.

"I'll have a clear understanding by the end of this Force season," he said.

"It depends on where basketball takes me."

Hopefully that is an NBL opportunity.

Game day

  • QBL tomorrow: Ipswich Force v Bundaberg at Ipswich stadium, Booval. Women's game at 5pm before men's clash at 7pm.
  • State of play: QBL men - Ipswich 7th - six wins, five losses v Bundaberg 9th - five wins, five losses. QBL women: Ipswich 3rd - nine wins, two losses v Bundaberg 11th - three wins, seven losses.

Topics:  ipswich force (basketball) national basketball league queensland basketball league



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