WALTERBORO, S.C. – Versatile wing Daniel Poelsma of Melbourne, Australia, has signed a letter of intent to play for USC Salkehatchie and new Head Coach Matt Lynch.
Poelsma, a 6-foot, 6-inch, 196-pound wing, competed on the Under 20 National Team for Victoria in Australia, where they earned a bronze medal with the third-place finish. Throughout the tournament Poelsma averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
"After accepting the job at USC Salkehatchie, Daniel was one of the first calls I made. His ability to shoot the ball in addition to his basketball IQ makes him a no-brainer for our program," said Lynch. "He comes from a great family, and he has high character. I expect him to guard multiple positions and shoot a high percentage from three. He's very consistent with his shot and can pass, which will make him a mismatch for defenses."
Mike Torress coached Poelsma in high school. "Daniel is a great young man. He’s an all-around basketball player who does whatever his team needs. He's a pure gym rat who is always improving his game. He shows up when the game is on the line and is never scared of big moments," said Torress.
Poelsma plans to compete in the NBL1 throughout the summer while also training with Pro Precision, one of Australia's top player development programs, before reporting stateside in August.