Luke Nevill

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Luke Nevill
No. 50 – Wollongong Hawks
Position Centre
League National Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 28)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Kell (Marietta, Georgia)
College Utah (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Utah Flash
2010–2011 Melbourne Tigers
2011 BC Triumph Lyubertsy
2011–2012 Perth Wildcats
2012–2013 Townsville Crocodiles
2013 Kalamunda Eastern Suns
2013–2014 Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards
2014 Kalamunda Eastern Suns
2014–present Wollongong Hawks
Career highlights and awards
  • Mountain West Player of the Year (2009)
  • Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • MWC All-Defensive Team (2009)
  • All-MWC First Team (2009)
  • All-MWC Second Team (2008)
  • All-MWC Third Team (2007)

Luke Alexander Nevill (born 19 February 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Wollongong Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for the University of Utah.

Early life[edit]

Nevill was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia where he played as a junior for the Stirling Senators. In 2002 and 2003, he was an Australian Institute of Sport Junior All-Star selection.[1]

High school[edit]

In 2003, Nevill moved to the United States to attend Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia. As an exchange student in 2003–04, he averaged 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocked shots and 2.5 assists per game.[1]

In April 2004, he signed a national letter of intent with the Utah men's basketball program.[2]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season with Utah in 2005–06, Nevill earned honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference honors. In 29 games (12 starts), he averaged 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.[1][3]

In his sophomore season, he was named to the NABC All-District 8 second team, USBWA All-District 13 second team and all-Mountain West Conference third team. In 29 games, he averaged 16.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.[1][3]

In his junior season, he was again named to the NABC All-District 8 second team, USBWA All-District 13 second team and all-Mountain West Conference second team. On 5 January 2008, in a game against the Air Force, he became just the 19th Ute to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. In 33 games, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.[1][3]

In his senior season, he helped lead the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year,[4] as well as earning all-Mountain West Conference first team and Associated Press honorable mention All-American honors.[5] In 34 games, he averaged 16.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Nevill joined the New Orleans Hornets for the 2009 NBA Summer League. In September 2009, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he was later waived by the Cavaliers on 19 October 2009.[6][7]

In November 2009, he was acquired by the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League. On 3 December 2009, he was waived by the Flash due to visa issues. He was reacquired by the Flash on December 14 after the matter was dealt with.[8] He appeared in 48 games in total, starting 43 of them. In the regular season, he played 45 games and averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He also appeared in 3 playoff games, averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.[9]

2010–11 season[edit]

In May 2010, Nevill signed with the Melbourne Tigers for the 2010–11 NBL season.[10] On 4 February 2011, he was released by the Tigers to sign with BC Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia for the rest of the season.[11][12]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 14 September 2011, Nevill signed with the Perth Wildcats for the 2011–12 NBL season.[13][14] In 34 games for the Wildcats, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.[15]

2012–13 season[edit]

In July 2012, Nevill joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League and the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 18, 2012, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[16] However, he was later waived by the Pacers on 22 October 2012.[17]

On 19 November 2012, he signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the rest of the 2012–13 NBL season.[18] On 30 November 2012, he made his debut for the Crocodiles, helping them win their first game of the season after starting the year 0–10 with a 75–73 home win over the Adelaide 36ers, though he only scored 4 points in just under 14 minutes of game time.

In April 2013, Nevill joined the Kalamunda Eastern Suns for the rest of the 2013 State Basketball League season.[19]

2013–14 season[edit]

In October 2013, Nevill signed with the Taiwan Mobile Clouded Leopards for the 2013–14 Super Basketball League season.[20]

On 8 May 2014, he re-joined the Kalamunda Eastern Suns for the rest of the 2014 State Basketball League season.[21]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 29 September 2014, Nevill signed with the Wollongong Hawks.[22][23]

International career[edit]

Nevill made his international debut for the Australian Boomers at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship where he helped the Boomers to a 2-0 series win over the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Nevill, who was the back up centre to former NBA player David Andersen, averaged 5 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block per game in the series and led the Boomers with 6 rebounds in Game 2 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.[24]

Personal[edit]

Nevill is the son of Peter and Joyce Nevill, and has a twin brother named Sam.[1]

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