Craig Moller

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Craig Moller
No. 9 – Melbourne United
Position Power forward / Small forward
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1994-08-22) 22 August 1994 (age 23)
Sutherland, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Listed height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Career information
High school Lucas Heights Community
(Barden Ridge, New South Wales)
Sydney Boys
(Sydney, New South Wales)
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
20162017 Sydney Kings
2016 Sutherland Sharks
2016–2017 Ballarat Miners
2017–present Melbourne United
2018–present Hobart Chargers
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEABL First Team (2017)

Craig Moller (born 22 August 1994) is an Australian professional basketball player and former professional Australian rules footballer. He played football and basketball at both Lucas Heights Community School[1] and Sydney Boys High School.[2][3] He spent three years in the Australian Football League (AFL) with the Fremantle Football Club, before changing codes in 2016 and joining the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL). In April 2017, he joined Melbourne United on a three-year deal.

Football career[edit]

Craig Moller
Personal information
Full name Craig Moller
Date of birth (1994-08-22) 22 August 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Sutherland, New South Wales
Original team(s) Sydney Uni (NEAFL)
Draft #46, 2013 Rookie Draft, Fremantle
Height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2013–2015 Fremantle 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

As a junior, Moller played football for the Cronulla Sharks Junior Australian Football Club and was part of basketball's national junior development program and considered a future NBL player capable of representing Australia. At age 14, the Fremantle Football Club began developing Moller via the New South Wales AFL Scholarship Scheme.[4] Joining Fremantle on a three-year scholarship, Moller travelled to Fremantle twice a year and went on three training trips to Melbourne.[1] At the under-16 level, he began playing for the Sydney University Australian National Football Club in the North East Australian Football League, and in 2012, he spent part of the season playing for the GWS reserves.[1] In December 2012, he was officially drafted by Fremantle in the 2013 rookie draft.

After spending most of the 2013 season playing for Peel Thunder in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), Moller was elevated to the Fremantle senior list prior to the final round of the 2013 AFL season for the team's game against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.[5] He was then a late inclusion in the side as the substitute player when many senior players were rested ahead of the finals.[6]

Moller continued on with Fremantle in 2014 and 2015, but did not manage another AFL game, playing out both seasons in the WAFL with Peel Thunder. Following the conclusion of the 2015 AFL season, Moller was delisted by Fremantle.[7]

Statistics[edit]

Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2013 Fremantle 40 1 0 0 1 4 5 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Career 1 0 0 1 4 5 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 3.0

Basketball career[edit]

In early January 2016, Moller began training with the National Basketball League's Sydney Kings.[8] He and fellow Australian centre Jordan Vandenberg were brought in for tryouts by the Kings as potential injury replacements for Julian Khazzouh. Moller ultimately lost to Vandenberg for the spot but stayed on with the team as a full-time training squad member.[9] With an injury to back-up forward Jeromie Hill in early February, Moller was elevated to the Kings' playing roster for their February 10 clash with the Perth Wildcats in Sydney, the second last game of the Kings' 2015–16 season. He made his NBL debut in that game, entering the contest for the final one minute and 47 seconds of the last quarter.[10]

In March 2016, Moller joined the Sutherland Sharks for the start of the 2016 Waratah League season.[11] On 22 April 2016, after averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in six games for Sutherland, Moller signed a short-term deal with the Ballarat Miners of the South East Australian Basketball League.[12] He was retained by the Miners for another month on June 16.[13][14] In 13 games for the Miners, Moller averaged 10.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.[15]

On 21 September 2016, Moller signed with the Sydney Kings as a development player for the 2016–17 NBL season.[16] In the Kings' season opener on 8 October 2016, Moller played 13½ minutes off the bench and recorded four rebounds and one assist in a 77–73 loss to the Brisbane Bullets.[17] Moller was promoted to the full-time team midway through the season following the departure of American import Steve Blake.[18] He appeared in 13 games for the Kings in 2016–17, averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

On 23 November 2016, Moller re-signed with the Ballarat Miners for the 2017 SEABL season.[19][20] On 11 April 2017, he was named SEABL Player of the Week for Round 3.[21] On 19 June 2017, he was named SEABL Player of the Week for Round 11.[22] In 22 games for the Miners, Moller averaged 17.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.[23]

On 13 April 2017, Moller signed a three-year deal with Melbourne United.[24][25]

On 5 January 2018, Moller signed with the Hobart Chargers for the 2018 SEABL season.[26][27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carayannis, Michael (20 December 2012). "Dockers draft Craig Moller". The Leader. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Basketball". Sydney Boys High. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Croker, Graham (16 May 2011). "Moller bags five on debut". Sydney Uni. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (21 June 2012). "Freo's giant draft coup". The West Australian. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Moller and Howson elevated". Fremantle Football Club. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Rynne, Nick (30 August 2013). "Lyon defends weakened team". The West Australian. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Duffield and Crowley to depart". FremantleFC.com.au. Bigpond. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Former @freodockers Craig Moller set to be..." Twitter. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Robinson, Chris (10 January 2016). "Former Fremantle Dockers ruckman Craig Moller is confident of securing NBL gig". Perth Now. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kings vs Wildcats". FIBALiveStats.com. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Player statistics for Craig Moller – Waratah". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Brehaut, David; Wrigley, Brendan (22 April 2016). "SEABL: Moller signs to cover Smith injury". TheCourier.com.au. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "SEABL: Moller gets another fill-in role for Ballarat". TheCourier.com.au. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Moller Returns to Miners". BallaratBasketball.com. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Player statistics for Craig Moller – 2016 SEABL". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "SYDNEY KINGS SIGN A FORMER FREMANTLE DOCKER". SydneyKings.com. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Kings vs Bullets". FIBALiveStats.com. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "MOLLER MAKING HIS MARK ON THE BASKETBALL COURT". NBL.com.au. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  19. ^ Brehaut, David (23 November 2016). "Craig Moller returns to Miners for 2017 SEABL season". TheCourier.com.au. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Moller Returns". BallaratBasketball.com. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "ROUND 3 MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK- CRAIG MOLLER". SEABL.com.au. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "ROUND 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK- CRAIG MOLLER". SEABL.com.au. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Player statistics for Craig Moller – 2017 SEABL". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "FORMER DOCKER CRAIG MOLLER JOINS MELBOURNE". MelbourneUtd.com.au. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  25. ^ Uluc, Olgun (13 April 2017). "NBL: Craig Moller signs three-year deal with Melbourne United, forward leaves Sydney Kings". FoxSports.com.au. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  26. ^ Stubbs, Brett (5 January 2018). "Chargers land big signing as championship push looms"Paid subscription required. themercury.com.au. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  27. ^ Hobart Chargers (5 January 2018). "The Telstra Hobart Chargers are thrilled..." Twitter. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 

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