Glen Saville

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Glen Saville
Personal information
Born (1976-01-17) 17 January 1976 (age 41)
Bendigo, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Listed height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1995–2013
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Career history
1995–2007 Illawarra / Wollongong Hawks
2007–2008 Sydney Kings
2008–2013 Wollongong Hawks
Career highlights and awards

Glen Saville (born 17 January 1976) is an Australian former professional basketball player who played the majority of his career for the Wollongong Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL).

NBL career[edit]

Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Saville moved to Canberra in 1993 to attend the Australian Institute of Sport on a two-year basketball scholarship.[1] In 1995, he competed for Australia at FIBA Under-19 World Championship where he helped the team finish second. That same year, he debuted in the National Basketball League for the Illawarra Hawks. Saville set the league alight early on in his career with his versatility and athletic style of play, quickly becoming a Hawks fan favourite.[2]

In 1996, Saville played in the NBL's Future Forces Game, and went on to play in the 1997 NBL All-Star Game. Between 2000 and 2003, Saville was the Hawks' co-captain alongside Mat Campbell, and he won the Hawks team MVP in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2001, he guided the Hawks to their maiden NBL championship, as Saville earned Grand Final MVP honors. In 2003, he won the NBL Best Defensive Player Award and finished third overall in the voting for the NBL Most Valuable Player Award. The following year, he finished fourth in MVP voting.[3]

Saville had a career-best season in 2004–05, as he was a key factor in the Hawks push to the Grand Final, averaging a career-high 17.8 points per game during the regular season, as well as 9.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He subsequently finished fifth in 2005 NBL MVP voting.[3]

For the 2007–08 season, Saville joined the Sydney Kings. He helped the Kings reach the 2008 Grand Final where they were defeated 3–2 by the Melbourne Tigers in the best-of-five series.

After the Kings folded following the 2007–08 season, Saville returned to Wollongong for the 2008–09 season. He was fourth in the NBL in defensive rebounds, tenth in total rebounds, and fifth in steals in 2008–09.

In 2009, Saville had his iconic No. 12 singlet retired by the Hawks.[4] He is one of only five Illawarra/Wollongong players to have had their jersey retired.[5]

On 31 January 2013, Saville announced his retirement from professional basketball after sustaining a season-ending knee injury.[6][7][8] He completed his career as the all-time games record-holder for the Hawks (527), and fourth all-time in the NBL (563) – with only Tony Ronaldson, Andrew Gaze and Leroy Loggins to have played more.[7]

In 563 NBL games, Saville averaged 12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.[9]

National team career[edit]

Saville played for Australia at the East Asian and Goodwill Games 2001, and on the tours to China and Europe in 2002.[3] He excelled on the international stage, representing the Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He was selected for the 2006 Commonwealth Games but missed through injury.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Athletes". ausport.gov.au. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Glen Saville Retires". cantbuyabasket.com. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Glen Saville NBL Player Profile". NBL.com.au. Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Profile – Glen Saville". HawksHistory.com.au. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "RETIRED NUMBERS". Hawks.com.au. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Basketball Farewells One of the Greats". NBL.com.au. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Glen Saville announces his retirement from the National Basketball League". NBL.com.au. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Glen Saville Retirement Press Conference". YouTube.com. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Player statistics for Glen Saville". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Glen Saville Hawks Player Profile". Hawks.com.au. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

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