Basketballers to get top coaching

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Thursday, April 16

Members of the Waitaki Boys’ High School Basketball Academy will receive coaching from one of the best basketballers in Australasia –¬†former Australian Boomer and New Zealand Breakers point guard CJ Bruton.

Jackson will teach some of the school’s best up-and-coming basketballers during their eight day trip to Australia in from July 2-10.

Waitaki Boys’ High School Basketball Academy coach Ian Cathcart said the boys are looking forward to it.

“The boys will be really excited about that, he’s full of class, on and off the court, and was a fantastic basketballer,” he said.

Cathcart said Bruton was an amazing player and would have plenty to pass on to the boys.

Meanwhile, some of the side’s basketballers have been away at basketball camps ahead of the busy season.

Waitaki Boys’ basketballers excelled at their camps recently, academy coach Cathcart said.

Dominic Shaw, Tom Crutchley and Harry Thorp stood out at the Mainland Eagles Camp, while Max de Geest had a strong camp with the New Zealand U16 squad in Auckland.

The trials took place last week and provided the boys with a perfect chance to test themselves against some of the best best basketballers in the South Island and nationwide.

The Mainland Eagles Camp which Shaw, Crutchley and Thorp were attending features the South Island’s best basketballers as well as some from Wellington at under-17 level. De Geest was also selected for this but attended the New Zealand U16 camp instead.

Cathcart, who coached at the Mainland Eagles camp, said the boys went well.

“They went really well and it was good seeing them test themselves against some of the best from throughout the South Island.”

While Cathcart didn’t get to see de Geest in action in Auckland he said it sounded like he went well.

“Max doesn’t speak a lot and is quite critical on himself, but he told me he went really well, so that’s good to hear.”

He said the camps were perfect preparation for the season.

“We are off to Wellington on April 24 for a couple of game against Wellington schools so that will be really a great test for the boys to see where they’re at.”

The side face Cashmere High in Christchurch on April 24, before they leave, and in Wellington they face teams from Porirua High School, St Patrick’s College and St Patrick’s Silverstream before returning home.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Dominic Shaw, Tom Crutchley and Harry Thorp at the Mainland Eagles Camp they attended last week. The boys used it as preparation to their Australian tour. Thorp and Crutchley along with de Geest will head to America with the team in December.