Green Valley basketball coach Dylan Ellul has a simple coaching philosophy.
"I want to help players that I am coaching succeed but also fall in love with the sport as well," he said. "Especially for the younger players, who might not have been around the sport for as long, I want to make sure they love the game as much as I do."
The 23-year-old heads to Milwaukee and Chicago on July 5 as part of a three-week AUSA Hoops tour which will involve games against American high school players.
The former Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield student is working with the best young basketball talent in the country realise their dream of playing college basketball. "I have already been working with some of the players going and they are really hungry and driven to have success over there," said Ellul, who credits Patrician Brothers' coach Bill Bourke for introducing him to the game.
"The opportunity to go to America - the Mecca of basketball - and see that high level is really exciting and good for me as a coach to bring the things I learn back."
Ellul, who started coaching at the local Hoopsters competition that's run out of Michael Wenden Centre and James Busby High School, was captain of the Bankstown Bruins youth league team before an ankle injury ended his playing career.
"I started helping some ex-teammates in the off-season and it just went from there," he said.