Four home-grown Wyndham athletes will take their talents internationally this year after signing with three United States Colleges.
Makur Jongkuch, Kobe Pearson, Aaron Dolny and Kane Hynes are part of Wyndham’s 2021 Big V Senior Championship collective.
The team currently sits second on the ladder with eight wins and two losses for the season, equal with top of the table leaders Keilor Thunder.
To receive a place to study and play basketball in the United States is a cut throat and competitive process. These player signings are a testament to the hard work of Wyndham Basketball Association.
MAKUR JONGKUCH (signed with Navarro College)
His height and constant smile has made Jongkuch a key player to Wyndham’s presence in the Big V competition, both on and off the court. In the top scorers for his team this season, he is averaging 14.75 points, 5 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Navarro’s basketball program is in the midst of a revamp after they appointed new head coach in Grant McMillan to the men’s teams.
From the player:
“It’s feels good, another step closer to my dream. I chose Navarro College because it will help me develop more and get me ready for the next step after that.
“I’m hoping to keep getting better and add to my game. My Big V experience has been good, keeping me in shape and playing high level basketball against good competition.”
KANE HYNES (signed with Umpqua Community College)
Kane Hynes has big aspirations, and is confident that his college signing will aid him. Well known to Wyndham Basketball locals, ‘Hynesy’ brings his own brand of athletic intensity. Anyone who followed Kane's junior career through Wyndham's domestic competition and VJBL know he is destined to become a force on court at the senior level. His experience with Victoria’s Under-20 Men this year at the Australian Junior Championships elevated his skill. He is a goal orientated team player who will be a valuable asset to Umpqua.
From the player:
“Up until recently, I had given up on the prospect of ever playing college basketball. I have to credit some exceptional coaches that have reignited this dream and made it all possible! It truly feels like a blessing and something I can do to make my club, family and friends proud!
“The environment [at Umpqua] seemed perfect - I'll have two other Aussies there (one being a longtime teammate of mine), and add to it the coach is an Aussie too. Mainly I'm hoping to bring a unique competitive edge to the team that results in a winning environment.
“I'm hoping to come back an entirely different player with a lot more confidence and strength in my abilities, and get a foot in the door to hopefully playing in the NBL one day.
“My experience playing Big V has been nothing short of amazing. I've created some of my strongest friendships with current and former teammates and often turn to them for advice. The competition has really prepared me for what I will face, and for that I'm extremely thankful to Wyndham for this opportunity!”
KOBE PEARSON (signed with Cuesta College)
A new face to Wyndham’s Champ Men in 2021, Pearson has made a bright start and replicate his form in front of a vocal home crowd week in, week out. Enthusiastic and energetic, Pearson has added an important element Wynhdam, averaging 6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
Cuesta College is located at the heart of San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent education programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. We are excited to see how Pearson grows in his college experience, and we expect him to return to Big V more invigorated than ever.
AARON DOLNY (signed with Umpqua Community College)
Having played all the way through his junior career with Wyndham, Dolny transitioned from Youth League into the Champ Division this season. He works hard in the gym, has a high basketball IQ and is notorious for making buckets from the perimeter. He will join Hynes at Umpqua and build upon his current averages. We expect he will become a key scorer for Umpqua and contributes some big statistics across the board. His 12.3-point average this season has been a big help for his side.
Good luck to these athletes and we can’t wait to see what’s next!