Gatlin completing 1st year in Australian basketball league

Former Navarro and Sam Houston State University basketball player Demarcus Gatlin is completing his first professional season with the Geelong (Victoria) Supercats in the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL).



Gatlin, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 14.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists for the 15-9 Supercats — an organization established in 1977.  He was selected to play Down Under after scout David Herbert termed Gatlin “the most high pressure defensive player” he saw on an USA trip.

Gatlin has been a key figure to lead the coach Leon O’Neill’s Supercats into the league quarterfinals Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Albury Border Bandits.  Albury’s last-second 84-82 win in the South Conference Elimination Finals snapped a four-game winning streak for the ‘Cats — a team that had won six of its previous seven contests.

About one month ago, Gatlin scored a season-high 37 points in a 98-87 win over the Mount Gambier Pioneers.

One week ago, Gatlin poured in a team-high 24 points during a 115-93 win over Melbourne.

Gatlin averaged 6.8 points on coach Johnny Estelle’s 2010 Navarro basketball team before transferring to Sam Houston State where he scored 839 career points and dished out 196 assists.  He averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds during a 26-9 senior season in 2014-15.