MELBOURNE, Australia - Former Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball student-athlete Damon Bozeman has been invited to play for Melbourne United when the team takes on the Chinese National Team on Sunday, July 16.
Melbourne United is a member of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL), the pre-eminent men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. It boasts seven teams from Australia and another from New Zealand. Bozeman will be added to the team's roster for its preseason schedule as well.
Bozeman has been outstanding in his first 16 professional games playing for the Bulleen Boomers in the team's D1 Men's league. He leads the league with 31.88 points per game, also averaging 8.81 rebounds per contest. He is hitting on 49.07% of his shots from the floor and 39.82% from three-point range while playing in 34.68 minutes per game.
Damon had a stellar four year career for the Cardinals, which was capped-off in the 2015-16 season with the team's first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament. That appearance finished with the program's first ever midwest regional championship and a trip to the Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas.
In his career, Damon scored 1,401 points in his 113 career games played. He added 495 rebounds, 146 steals and 103 assists while starting 88 games. Bozeman's 113 games played rank sith all-time in program history while his 149 three-pointers also rank sixth. His 328 career free throws put him at seventh in the all-time list and his 146 steals are 10th all-time.
SVSU Head Coach Randy Baruth on Bozeman and his opportunity to play in the game...
"Damon Bozeman was one of the first people to commit to the SVSU program six years ago. To see what he has accomplished on and, more importantly, off the court, is pretty remarkable. An opportunity to play with the highest level of Australian Professionals versus the highest level of players from another country in Team China is what happens when you work hard and do things the right way."
Click the video below to watch some of Bozeman's highlights in Australia