Former Billiken Basketball Player Heading to the Olympics
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Former Saint Louis University men’s basketball star Kevin Lisch
is headed to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the upcoming Summer Olympics as a member
of the Australian men’s basketball team.
Lisch, a native of a Belleville, Illinois, who played for the Billikens from 2005 to 2009, recently received Australian citizenship. He has played professionally
in Australia, and his wife is an Australian native.
The Boomers (Australia’s team nickname) announced their 12-man roster following an
18-man camp earlier this month.
Lisch played two years for head coach Brad Soderberg and two for head coach Rick Majerus
and is the Billikens’ sixth-leading scorer (1,687 career points).
He is a recent selection to the Saint Louis men’s basketball All-Century Team and
the Billiken Hall of Fame. Lisch is a three-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection
and was an Academic All-American in 2009.
After graduating from SLU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and
an MBA, Lisch played professionally in Australia for the Perth Wildcats, winning a
championship in 2010 and an MVP honor in 2012.
After stints in Puerto Rico, France and Spain, Lisch returned to Australia last season
as a member of the Illawarra Hawks and captured another MVP award. He is signed to
play with the Sydney Kings next year.
Lisch will be the first Billikens men’s basketball player to compete in the Olympics
since Pete McCaffery won gold for Team USA in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Former Billiken Dick Boushka also won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1956 Olympic
Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Lisch recently shared his thoughts about making the Olympic team with his hometown
newspaper, the Belleville News Democrat.