Danny Morseu

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Danny Morseu
Personal information
Born (1958-01-01) 1 January 1958 (age 61)
Thursday Island, Queensland
Listed height198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Career information
Playing career1979–1989
Career history
1979–1983St Kilda Saints
1984–1985Geelong Supercats
1986–1989Brisbane Bullets
Career highlights and awards

Danny Morseu (born 1 January 1958 in Thursday Island, Queensland) is an Australian basketball player who played on the Australian national basketball team in the 1980 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics.

International career[edit]

Morseu played for the Australian team at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, where Australia finished eighth, and at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where Australia finished seventh, their best Olympic result to that date.[1] He was the first Torres Strait Islander to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.[2] He also played twelve world cup matches for Australia.

Club career[edit]

A Torres Strait Islander, Morseu was born in 1958 on Thursday Island in Far North Queensland.[2] He spent his childhood in Tamwoy, a mission on Thursday Island, where he grew up without running water or electricity.[3] He started playing basketball at school and despite being cut from his primary school team, he developed into a tall talented teenage athlete.[3] After completing school he moved to Cairns where he played basketball and rugby league for local teams.[3]

Morseu attracted the attention of National Basketball League coach Brian Kerle after playing a match against Kerle's club, the Melbourne-based St Kilda Saints – on tour of North Queensland.[3] Kerle convinced Morseu to move to Melbourne in 1978, where he played in St Kilda's championship winning teams of 1979 and 1980.[3][4] He played 217 NBL games in total, winning another NBL championship with the Brisbane Bullets in 1987.[4]

In December 2017, Morseu was appointed head coach of the Toowoomba Mountaineers QBL men's side, the team he won a championship with in 1991.[5]

Later biography[edit]

In 1984, he completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in recreation from Footscray Institute of Technology.[4] He was employed in a range of activities for state and federal governments in Victoria and Queensland, including working in indigenous health.[3][4] He has acted as a mentor for other indigenous basketball players such as Nathan Jawai and Patty Mills.[3]


Inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame in 2002, Morseu was the first indigenous basketballer so honoured.[6][7] He was inducted into the Victoria University Sport Hall of Fame in 2007.[3]


Morseu is the uncle of Australian Boomers players Patty Mills and Nathan Jawai.[8]


  1. ^ "Boomers Olympic History". www.basketball.net.au. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01. The Australian team has since finished fourth on two occasions; Seoul in 1988 and Sydney in 2000
  2. ^ a b "Danny Morseu". National Portrait Gallery. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Davis, Sam. "Sharing experience: Danny Morseu's life in short". ABC Far North. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d "Danny Morseu inducted into VU Sporting Hall of Fame". Victoria University, Australia. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  5. ^ Toowoomba Mountaineers welcome new coach
  6. ^ "NBL Hall of Famers". National Basketball League (Australia). Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Morseu joins NBL greats". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 April 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2008.
  8. ^ Indigenous basketballer Nathan Jawai shoots for top

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