The Auckland Huskies are delighted to announce the appointment of Aaron Young as Assistant Coach for the 2020 Sal’s National Basketball League season.

Hot on the heals of the announcement that Kevin Braswell will be the Huskies Head Coach, Huskies GM Matt Lacey wasted little time in securing the services of one of New Zealand Basketball’s brightest young coaching talents.

“I’ve coached with and against Aaron and admired his understanding of the game. Possibly the foremost video analyst in the country he is a great addition to our coaching team.”

“During his time on the coaching staff at the New Zealand Breakers Aaron developed a strong working relationship with many of the country’s top players. I know the Huskies players will enjoy working with Aaron.

“He is the ideal person to help develop the Huskies culture.

Young is currently assistant coach of the Junior Tall Blacks, Director of Basketball at St Kentigern College where he is Head Coach of the School’s Premier team – the reigning Schick National Champions and is also coach of the Auckland U17 Boys’ team.

He spent five seasons at the Breakers from 2014 to 2019 as video analyst, a period that included Braswell’s tenure as head coach at the club.

Linking up with two people he knows well was a key motivator for Young.

“A major reason I’ve jumped on board is to work with Kevin and Matt.

“KB and I worked together at the Breakers and reconnecting with him will be fun, we’ve always had a good relationship.”

The compressed nature of the 2020 Sal’s NBL fixture list and the short lead-in time doesn’t concern the 28-year old.

“It’s a unique situation but I like to be given different challenges.

“There will definitely be challenges from the coaching perspective so we will have to make the most of the short preparation time. That little mini-camp before the first game will be really important to get across as much information as possible and drive in some key concepts and terminology.

Young is also full of praise for the Sal’s NBL administrative team for the initiative they have shown in trying circumstances.

“It is vital at this time to give players and fans an outlet, it is really important with the current lack of sport and entertainment.

“I think the NBL are making the most of the situation. Obviously, it’s not ideal and it’s going to be a short season but they are trying to be innovative and give opportunities for those players who want to play. I’m sure it’s going to work out with the buy-in we have,” added Young.

“I stated previously that the Huskies will be built around local staff, coaches, players and community partnerships and this is a great example of the path we are treading” said Lacey.

The Auckland Huskies will be announcing more key appointments ahead of the Sal’s NBL start date on June 23rd