US Basketballer, Alex Starling, Signed by Swans

Alex StarlingTalented US college basketballer Alex Starling has been signed by the Sydney Swans after testing showed he had the athletic potential to make the switch to the AFL. Starling, 22, is finishing college in Florida but will make several visits to Sydney this year to meet with Swans’ coaching staff and develop his football skills.

He has been signed under the AFL’s International Scholarship Scheme, which will allow him to both  train with the Swans and complete his four year degree at Bethune-Cookman University. If things progress as planned, he will be recruited to the Swans’ senior list as an International Rookie in 2013.

Starling, who is 196cms and 93 kilograms, was identified by the head coach of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy, Paul Roos, during a trip to the US in 2011.

Roos held a two day mini draft assessment camp in Redondo Beach, California, last June, attended by four college basketballers  who were identified through Roos’ network of contacts in the US.

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