Tim Pickert has accumulated a lot of accolades across his 16-year, 299-game career with the Horsham Hornets.
He has notched six club MVP awards, four All-Star Five appearances, one-league MVP award and five championships.
Pickert will become the first Horsham Hornet to become a 300-game player on Saturday night when the team takes on the Warrnambool Seahawks.
“I think it’s something when I’m finished I’ll be able to look back on and be pretty proud of,” Pickert said. “It’s a lot for one club, especially when you’re only playing maybe 20 games a year.”
Pickert, 32, started playing senior basketball with the Hornets at 14. He took two years away from the club to play football and spent one year playing in Adelaide, but apart from those brief departures he has always dedicated his career to the Horsham-based club.
“I think playing for the Hornets has always been where I wanted to be,” Pickert said.
Pickert has more recently developed into a veteran presence on the team, and said he has loved seeing talented juniors such as Jeremiah McKenzie come through the ranks.
“Playing with Jezza now, that’s probably the highlight of my year,” he said.
“The way he has come along in the last 12 months – I’ve played with a lot of good players over my time and he’s definitely right up there now as one of the best.”
Pickert has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years. He won the league MVP last season on the championship-winning Hornets team, and has been averaging 20 points per game this season.
Pickert said he was happy to keep playing as long as he was contributing to the team.
“I’m not thinking too far ahead,” he said.
“I’m not going to be an old guy running around who is a bit past it, that’s not what I want to be. I’ll just keep going until the body says that’s enough.”
Against the league’s bottom-placed team on Saturday night, Pickert could be forgiven for playing a bit more selfishly than usual. But he said he was sure his long-time team-mate and now coach Cam Bruce would not approve.
“I wouldn’t think so, Cam would probably drag me if I played like that,” he joked.
Pickert won’t be able to celebrate the achievement for too long on Saturday night, with a big match against Bellarine Storm waiting on Sunday.
“We haven’t played them yet, but they’re meant to be the third best-side in the league,” Pickert said.
“I love playing the tough hard games so I’m definitely looking forward to playing them to see where we are at.”