Daryl Corletto (born 24 August 1981) is an Australian-British professional basketball player.
|Western Port Steelers|
|League||Big V Division One|
|Born||24 August 1981|
|Nationality||Australian / British|
|Listed height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|High school||Laverton Secondary College|
|2011–2014||New Zealand Breakers|
|2014||Super City Rangers|
|2019–||Western Port Steelers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early life and careerEdit
Growing up in Altona Meadows, playing for the Werribee Devils, Corletto's key influence in his life as he chased his dreams of playing professional basketball was his father. Corletto noted in November 2014, "Dad always told me that if I worked hard I could reach my goals. He was the one waking me up at 6am and driving me to training. He was even still waking me up when I was old enough to drive myself."
It wasn't until he joined the Melbourne Tigers junior squad at age 16 that Corletto's career really started to blossom. Corletto was a member of the Victorian Championship State Team in 1996 and 1998, and was selected to join the all-Australian youth team in 1998 and 2000.
Melbourne Tigers (2001–2011)Edit
After playing in the Big V State Championship division for the Werribee Devils in 2001, Corletto joined the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League (NBL) for the 2001/02 season. Over his first two NBL seasons, Corletto appeared in just 13 games. During this time, he continued on in the Big V during the NBL off-season, playing for Werribee in 2002 and Ringwood in 2003—the 2003 Big V season saw Corletto average a career-best 33.5 points per game.
Corletto's third season in the NBL, the 2003/04 campaign, saw him play in 27 games for the Tigers while averaging 2.1 points per game. He became an important cog for Melbourne from the 2004/05 season onwards, as he averaged 7.0 points in 34 games that year before going on to average 11.2 points per game in 2005/06 (an NBL career high for Corletto), 10.4 points per game in 2006/07, and 9.0 points per game in 2007/08. During this three-year run, Corletto appeared in 37 games each season and helped lead the Tigers to three straight NBL Grand Final series, winning championships in 2006 and 2008. The Tigers went on to reach the 2009 Grand Final as well, where they were defeated 3–2 by the South Dragons.
Between 2004 and 2009, Corletto played in the Big V for Melbourne's junior team, where he won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. The 2008 season saw him earn Big V All-Star Five honours and the Golden Hands award, while also being named Grand Final MVP. For his performance at the 2008 Australian Club Championships, he was named in the All-Star Five.
Following the 2008/09 season, the NBL reduced from 10 to eight teams and moved from the 48-minute game to the 40-minute game format. In the first two seasons of the new NBL era, the Tigers missed the playoffs both years. Corletto appeared in all 56 games for the Tigers during this two-year period and averaged 10 points per game. He also returned to the Ringwood Hawks for the 2010 Big V season and continued on with them in 2011.
New Zealand Breakers (2011–2014)Edit
In September 2011, Corletto signed a one-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers. Corletto moved to the Breakers after the Tigers were forced to cut one player from their roster to make room for NBA guard Patty Mills—Mills signed with Melbourne until the end of the NBA lockout. In his first season with the Breakers, Corletto helped the team win their second consecutive championship. In 33 games in 2011/12, Corletto averaged 9.8 points per game.
On 9 March 2012, with the 2011/12 NBL Finals still in progress, the Breakers confirmed the re-signing of Corletto on a two-year contract. The Breakers collected their third consecutive title in 2012/13, while Corletto remained consistent with 9.6 ppg in 32 games. The following season however saw the Breakers miss the playoffs, while Corletto averaged 7.8 points per game—his lowest mark since he averaged 7.0 ppg in 2008/09.
Following the conclusion of the 2013/14 season, Corletto joined the Super City Rangers for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season. However, in June 2014, he left New Zealand and parted ways with both the Breakers and the Rangers.
Melbourne United (2014–2015)Edit
On 13 June 2014, Corletto signed with Melbourne United for the 2014/15 NBL season, returning to the revamped club for a second stint. In his lone season for United, Corletto appeared in all 28 games and averaged 6.4 points per game—his lowest mark since the 2003/04 season.
In 397 NBL games over 14 seasons, Corletto averaged 8.3 points while shooting 43.4% from the field, 36.7% from three-point range, and 85.1% from the free throw line.
Plymouth Raiders and Melbourne Tigers (2015–2017)Edit
On 8 May 2015, Corletto signed with the Plymouth Raiders for the 2015–16 British Basketball League season. After the Raiders went 0–3 to begin the season, the club named Corletto player-coach, replacing the outgoing Jay Marriott.
On 2 March 2017, Corletto re-signed with the Melbourne Tigers for the 2017 SEABL season.
Western Port Steelers (2019–)Edit
- Walsh, Caitlin (29 November 2014). "IT'S BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR CORLETTO". MelbourneUtd.com.au. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Daryl Corletto – Werribee Basketball Association". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Player statistics for Daryl Corletto – NBL". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Player statistics for Daryl Corletto – Big V". SportsTG.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "That's a wrap - Championship Men 2008". BigV.com.au. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Deane, Steve (15 September 2011). "Basketball: Breakers sign Aussie vet as Webster awaits drug ruling". NZHerald.co.nz. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Windley, Matt (20 October 2011). "Daryl Corletto lets fly at Melbourne Tigers". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Basketball: Corletto signs two year deal". NZHerald.co.nz. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Rangers Sign Corletto
- Corletto signs for SuperCity Rangers
- BREAKERS PART WITH SHOOTING GUARD CORLETTO
- Rangers Release Corletto
- Daryl Corletto lands with Melbourne United
- SENSATIONAL DOUBLE SWOOP FOR PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY RAIDERS
- Corletto embarks on new adventure
- Daryl Corletto Appointed as Raiders' Player/Coach
- Plymouth Raiders name Jonathan White as head coach to work with Daryl Corletto
- Daryl Corletto discusses new role at Plymouth Raiders
- Daryl Corletto Returns for SEABL 2017
- "Steelers add NBL veteran". BigV.com.au. 3 December 2018. Archived from the original on 3 December 2018.
- "Julie Corletto – Biography". JulieCorletto.com. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014.
- "GBR – Brits name 24-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket". FIBA.com. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.