Basketballer selected for team to tour US

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St Kevin’s College basketballer Hamish Robertson will head away on a trip most up-and-coming basketball players would love to take.

Robertson has been invited, as part of the Mark Dickel Basketball Club, to be part of the boys under-19 team heading to America.

They will be joined by an under-18 girls’ side for the trip.

Former Tall Black and Otago Nugget Mark Dickel will be the main coach on the tour.

Robertson, who has been playing basketball since his early days at St Joesph’s School, said it was an honour to have been invited to tour with the team.

“I’m really happy that I received an invite. It should be a good tour.”

His playing abilities had gone through some improvements this season after he made the positional switch to small forward, but he was happy with his form, he said.

“It’s where I want it to be. I’m still learning to play small forward, but have really enjoyed the shift there.”

The 15-day trip is to Las Vegas, and while on the tour, the team will head along to some UNLV games, as well as attend coaching clinics run by UNLV.

Robertson is looking forward to crossing paths with some American basketball players.

“It will be awesome. The basketball they play over there is at a completely different level to over here and it will be fantastic to test myself against some promising players.”

Robertson has played basketball in Australia before, but said America would be a whole new challenge.

“I’ll love it. It’ll be great fun, but hard at the same time.”

His father Stephen is incredibly proud of the 18-year-old.

“He’s doing very well with his basketball, which is fantastic to see, and I know he will do well over there, as some college scouts could be watching,” he said.

“He deserves this trip and will do really well on it.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

US-BOUND: St Kevin’s College basketballer Hamish Robertson will head to the United States in December as part of an invitational team.