The next Josh Giddey or Lauren Jackson could emerge from the Australian Basketball Schools Championships later this month — and News Corp subscribers will have a front-row seat.

For the first time, News Corp will exclusively live stream the country’s top schools tournament through KommunityTV and will bring fans some of the best action from the five-day event.

Schools from all corners of Australia will compete from November 28 to December 2 at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara.

Teams will compete across three age groups (U15, U17 and U20) as well as the elite Championship division, with games set to start at 8am (AEST) and, on some days, continuing well into the night.

News Sport Network managing director Michael Wilkins said KommunityTV was proud to partner with Basketball Australia to live stream the event.

“This tournament is the pinnacle for school-aged basketballers and has featured some of the nation’s top stars in recent years,” he said.

“The KommunityTV live stream provides an opportunity for basketball fans across the country to get an up close look at the future of the sport in Australia.

“We have forged a strong partnership with Basketball Australia to showcase the great talent it has in junior ranks. It further proves the strength of News Corp Australia’s ties with the sport which includes our unmatched coverage of the NBL and WNBL.

“It also follows on from KommunityTV’s successful live stream of the Basketball Australia U14 Club Championships in September.”

The tournament has been the playground for some of Australia’s most internationally renowned talents including Patty Mills, Lauren Jackson and Josh Giddey — and there will be no shortage of talent scouts courtside in search of basketball’s next big thing.

Basketball Australia chief executive officer Matt Scriven said: “We are very excited to partner with KommunityTV as our streaming partner for the Footlocker Australian Schools Championships.

“We have over 1500 athletes competing in 145 teams, making it one of Australia’s largest school sporting events.

“Our partnership with News Corp ensures that the games will be available for the fans to watch live and on replay through KommunityTV.”

In the men’s championship, Brisbane SHS, Lake Ginninderra College, Newington College, Rowville Secondary College, Trinity College and Willetton SHS will compete, with Adelaide’s Concordia College and The Southport School entering as wildcards.

The women’s championship division includes Hillcrest Christian College, Immanuel College, Lake Ginninderra College, St Luke’s Grammar, Templestowe College, Willetton SHS, with Rowville and Brisbane SHS entering as wildcards.

Originally published as Australian Basketball Schools Championship live stream: KommunityTV to show games from all five days

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