Welcome to Airtime Australasian Scouting!
Over the last decade, we have seen an unprecedented number of collegiate and NBA talent come out of the Oceania region. Current success stories such as Ben Simmons, Steven Adams, Dante Exum, Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels represent only the start of an incoming wave of basketball talent from this part of the world, however a lack of exposure means many Australian and New Zealand prospects end up under recruited.
With this in mind, we have started this service with an aim to bolster the opportunities of prospects across Australia and New Zealand, and in turn help give college programs the extra edge that international recruitment provides.
Having informally facilitated pathways for Australian and New Zealand players through conversations between players and programs over recent years, we came to a conclusion that developing a formalised scouting service would revolutionise recruiting across Australia and New Zealand, allowing the full breadth of basketball talent in this area of the world the ability to gain a scholarship, contribute to an NCAA program, and maximise their basketball futures.
We’re both excited by the potential benefit of this service for both players and coaches, and are committed to providing valuable information to our clients.
– Michael Houben and Stevie Cozens, Airtime Australasian Scouting
This scouting service has been approved in accordance with NCAA bylaws, policies, and procedures. NCAA Division I basketball coaches are permitted to subscribe to this scouting service.
Michael Houben is a freelance Australian basketball journalist and scout. He writes predominantly for The Pick and Roll, though his work has also appeared in on NBL.com, NBL1.com, NBA Australia and in national newspaper publications.
Whilst his work and connections span the NBL, NBA and other internationally-based professionals, he is known for his particular interest in covering junior prospects within Australia and tracking the high school and college careers of amateur Australian athletes playing in the United States. He has also advised Basketball Australia, helping them with their own database of junior talent.
Over the last year, Michael has also provided scouting work for multiple NBL and NZNBL teams.
Stevie Cozens is an independent scouting and recruiting professional from Wellington, New Zealand, with a varied business and media background.
He had work featured on platforms such as Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated in his 2 years covering the Portland Trail Blazers, while also being at the forefront of international prep and college placements for New Zealanders in the USA and Europe, and doing local scouting with NZ NBL teams.
Stevie provides pathways, media and marketing expertise for Australasian-based teams and businesses such as HoopNation.