Former Hawkeye Steve Carfino is Australia’s Version of Gus Johnson

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Here’s a highlight video from Game 2 of the 2011 National Basketball League Grand Final between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers.

The Australian league game went into double overtime and had some very thrilling moments, evidenced by the almost Gus Johnson-esque excitement from the TV announcers.

Who was the announcer of the game?

None other than former Hawkeye basketball player Steve Carfino.

The Hawkeyes team MVP in 1984, Carfino (right) averaged 8.9 points per game during his four-year Iowa career, scoring 1,037 career points. After his collegiate career, the former Hawkeye was drafted by the Boston Celtics but then spent five years playing in the NBL in Australia.

Carfino was a four-time All-Star in Australia before a back injury forced him to retire from basketball. He’s been a sports announcer in Australia since 1992.

Here’s his call that has received attention from & Awful Announcing.

The best parts of Carfino’s call are at 1:00, 2:35, 3:00, and 3:35


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