ACT Sport Hall of Fame – Full Member
Eddie Palubinskas began his basketball journey in Canberra, representing ACT at both the junior and senior levels before moving to Melbourne in 1970. Following success in Melbourne, Eddie would receive a scholarship to Louisiana State University and ultimately be drafted to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. A graduate of Narrabundah College, Eddie represented Australia at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics where he would lead the Boomers to their best-ever placing at that time. He was the second leading scorer in Munich averaging 21 points per game, topping that to average 31 in Montreal. His performance in Montreal included a 48-point haul against Mexico, shooting at 83% to carry the Boomers to victory in one of the finest shooting performances in Olympic basketball history. He played for Australia on 23 occasions and was inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2007. Following his retirement from playing, Eddie has for decades continued to influence generations of basketball players in Australia and the US on shooting biomechanics and the science of effective shooting. He is regarded as one of the leading shooting coaches in the world, producing DVDs, articles and presenting at hundreds of clinics, while coaching players from high school to NBA level.