TOOWOOMBA basketball fans had the chance to rub shoulders with NBL stars when the Townsville Crocodiles arrived in the city yesterday.
The likes of captain Russell Hinder and Boomers shooting guard Peter Crawford greeted fans at Grand Central to officially launch the Festival of Basketball.
The Crocs have a big few days ahead, including two pre-season games against the Sydney Kings and special junior clinics aimed at promoting positive life choices.
Townsville's newest import, Curtis Withers, said he was excited to see more of Australia and interact with fans in Toowoomba.
"So far everyone seems really interested in basketball," he said.
"You've got to take every opportunity to make your presence felt, especially with people that love the game."
The Kings will arrive today, with both teams to hold school clinics at USQ from 12.30pm.
The Crocs have also offered Toowoomba players Matthew Ebneter and Charles Dickerson the chance to train with the team during its pre-season camp.
Ebneter said the festival was a great initiative to help generate more interest in basketball.
"It's great to raise awareness about positive life choices and basketball in the community," he said. "Toowoomba Basketball has done a good job to build it up over the last few years.
"Hopefully we get a few more kids involved to improve basketball as a whole."
Tickets for both pre-season games are available from USQ Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre.
Festival of Basketball
- 12.30pm: USQ School Clinics - Promoting Positive Choices
- 5pm: Civic Reception for Crocs and Kings at City Hall
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