Taranaki basketball trio to attend NBA Asia Pacific youth camp in China
20 Jun 2017
It's every young basketball players dream to make it to the highest level of the sport - the NBA and WNBA.
And three of Taranaki's top young talents will get a taste of the big time when they travel to China to attend the NBA's Asia Pacific camp in China from June 18-21.
New Plymouth Boys' High School's Oscar Robertson, Francis Douglas Memorial College's Matthew O'Connell and Stratford High School's Cameron Trethewey and seven other Kiwis were among the 73 young men and women selected to attend the camp, which was for elite young basketball talent in the region.
The trio will travel to Hangzhou, China, where they will be taken through their paces by current NBA players Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Nicholson (Brooklyn Nets) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento Kings).
Joing them will be former WNBA player Zheng Haixia, NBA assistant coaches Ryan Bowen (Denver Nuggets), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Bob Thornton (Sacramento Kings); and FIBA coach Ronald Cass.
The three flew out of the country early on Friday morning to attend the camp, which will see them run through a variety of activities on and off the court.
Movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication will all feature over the three days.
The invitation to attend the camp is a sign of things to come for the trio who have all spent time as Taranaki Mountain Airs development players as well as featured in a number of age-group national teams.
Kiwis Samuel Waardenburg and Quinn Clinton attended a similar camp last year, and went on to secure scholarships at division one basketball schools in the States - Waardenburg signing with the University of Miami and Clinton with the University of New Mexico.