FORMER Horsham basketballer Shaun Bruce believes training with National Basketball League club Melbourne Tigers will be invaluable to his future development.
Bruce, 21 today, will finish a three-day training program with Melbourne Tigers this morning.
The 192-centimetre guard is preparing for his second full season with South East Australian Basketball League club Ballarat Miners.
He enjoyed a fruitful first season with the Miners in 2011, claiming the SEABL Golden Hands award which is calculated by adding a player's assists and steals and subtracting their turnovers.
Bruce, brother of Sydney Kings vice captain Aaron, said it was the second time he had trained with the Tigers.
"In the middle of last year I went down and trained with them before the start of the season and I have had an open invitation since to come down, so I thought I'd make the most of it before going back to Ballarat next week," Bruce said.
Bruce, who has also had interest from the Cairns Taipans, said training with some of Australia's best basketballers would help him continue his development.
"I have had to match up on their import point guard Ayinde Ubaka and the league's leading scorer in Cameron Tragardh has been good to me and offered me advice," Bruce said.
"I got to go up against their full line-up. The game is a lot quicker at this level.
"It's something I have to adapt to and take back to SEABL level."
Bruce, a student at University of Ballarat, said he wanted to join Aaron in the NBL and was determined to improve.
"Every year I want to get better and even everyday I want to do something to better my basketball," he said.
"First and foremost, I want Ballarat to make the play-offs and if I'm winning with them then hopefully something in the NBL will come up."