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Harry ‘RealHvzn’ Spierings earns NBL Oz Gaming contract for 2023 NBA 2K League

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Harry ‘RealHvzn’ Spierings is officially a pro. 

The 21-year-old created history, becoming the first member of the NBL Oz Gaming team after an impressive showing at the NBA 2K League Invitational in Melbourne last week. 

The point guard out of Melbourne will relocate to the USA to compete in the 2023 NBA 2K League season, earning a base salary with the chance to win his share of up to $2.5 million in prize money. 

“About two years ago I won the APAC invitational and won MVP. From then on, I realised I could make the league and turn it into a job,” RealHvzn said. 

“[It feels] a bit surreal. … I don’t think it has hit me yet. I’ve never been to another country before, so this seems pretty crazy. Going to live in the USA and get paid to do something I love is pretty special and even better that I get to play for an Australian team in a global league.”

RealHvzn will trade his current day job of working at a horse racing track in Cranbourne for the bright lights of the NBA 2K League.

“Right now, I work at a horse racetrack. … I work there every day and then when I get home, I play 2K,” RealHvzn said.

“I prepare the track for race days, whether that’s mowing grass or moving the rail, whatever needs to be done. My dad is the track manager. He used to tell me to get off the game until about three days ago and now he is all for it.”

Last week’s NBA 2K League Invitational in Melbourne saw Australia’s best NBA 2K players go toe-to-toe for their shot at earning an NBL Oz Gaming contract, with RealHvzn’s squad ‘No Way Out’ dominating the event with an undefeated record, earning $5,000 in prize money. 

RealHvzn led the tournament in assists with 8.9 per game to go with 15.7 points (third in the tournament). He also knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer in Game 1 of the Grand Final.

RealHvzn, who also earned MVP honours in 2021 after taking out the APAC Invitational, has been draft eligible for three years and will look to follow in the footsteps of Meason ‘xMilo—’ Camille, who was the first and only Aussie to be drafted to the NBA 2K League after being selected by Pistons GT in 2021 with the No. 62 pick in the draft. 

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“To be from (Australia) and have an opportunity like this, it opens it up for others in the future and makes people think they have a chance,” RealHvzn said.

“That’s one of the biggest parts for me is opening it up for others. There is a lot of people here who see that as a goal for them, so if I can help with that, it would be a good thing for the whole nation.”

The NBL Oz Gaming squad is beginning to take shape with their first player signed just a few days after announcing Mitchell ‘Mootyy’ Franklin as head coach.

“We are so excited to have RealHvzn leading NBL Oz Gaming into next season as our point guard,” Mootyy said.

“We were blown away by his talent, confidence and composure at the first-ever Australian Invitational. He stepped up in the clutch moments and wasn’t daunted by the big stage.

“He epitomises everything we want in an NBL Oz Gaming player, from a skillset and a character perspective.

“We are looking forward to getting him over to America and getting the best out of his abilities and potential.”

NBL Oz Gaming is just the third expansion team from outside North America, joining the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai (China) and DUX Infinitos (Mexico), with their roster set to grow with the NBA 2K League Expansion draft on November 10.

You can watch the NBA 2K League expansion Draft, live streamed on Twitch.


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