Basketball: Australia proving fertile talent pool for US

If you ask Australian teens who their favourite basketball player is, US superstars like LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz. But it is local names like Ben Simmons, Patty Mills , Dante Exum and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker who have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians as they compete with hopefuls from Europe and elsewhere for a career in the sports most lucrative league.