Will McDowell-White keen to make an ‘impact’ against the Brisbane Bullets

Will McDowell-White keen to make an ‘impact’ against the Brisbane Bullets
  • PublishedOctober 6, 2023

Had the Brisbane Bullets had their way, Will McDowell-White would have been playing for, not against, them in Auckland on Thursday.

The son of Brisbane Lions triple-winning AFL premiership legend Darryl White, McDowell-White was wanted by Bullets coach Justin Schueller.

“To see where he is today, as an opposition coach, is something that you kind of enjoy,” Schueller said of McDowell-White as soon as he was appointed Brisbane coach in February.

“Definitely someone like that who can influence the game that way would be pretty important for this club.

However despite having coached McDowell-White at national youth team level, Schueller could convince the 25-year-old guard to leave the New Zealand Breakers.

And as a result, McDowell-White will on Thursday night be intent on lowering the colours of the team he supported as a boy.

“I just want to make sure that I have an impact on that game … the stats don’t really matter against them,” said McDowell-White, who admitted to Newshub that he had been tempted to return to Brisbane.

“For sure (it was close). Even the coach (Schueller), I’ve had a lot to do with him growing up.

“They guys on the team, I’ve played with them a lot as well. Family is a big thing, but I’m comfortable away from home.”

The Breakers were sweating on the fitness of McDowell-White, who missed his side’s season-opening 98-87 win over Cairns last Saturday because of a hand injury.

However, he’s set to play against the Bullets side that also started its season in style by beating the Adelaide 36ers 86-71 at Nissan Arena last Friday.

Schueller said: “Now that’s out the way, our job is to continue to grow and build on what we’re doing.

“There are a lot of areas we’ve got to be better … but we’ll definitely reward the things we did well and best prepare for how we go into (the game in) New Zealand, and go get a win there.”


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