Colac’s Brady Hall will take on Australia’s best young basketballers when he represents Vic Country for the first time next year.
Brady, 12, has earned one of 20 spots as a bottom-aged player in Vic Country’s under-14 boys’ team for the Southern Cross Challenge in Melbourne in January.
The SCC is the first opportunity for elite juniors to get into the state colours at the representative level, coming up against teams from the ACT, South Australia and Western Australia.
The tournament runs from January 19-22 at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.
“They’ll have two games a day, as well as staying together and training together,” Brady’s mother Ange said.
“They have metro and country teams coming from the other states to compete so the standard should be really good,” she said.
Brady’s selection continues an impressive season for the tall guard, who boasts strength, an ability to read the play, and shooting accuracy.
The Elliminyt Primary School Grade Six pupil was among seven Colac representatives who earned selection in Basketball Victoria Country’s Regional Academy Program in April.
The 20-week program involved 6am training sessions at Geelong’s AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
From there, he and fellow Colac basketballers Chloe Hay, Cooper Harty, Millicent Sibley and his cousin Mitchell Hall earned spots at BVC’s Gold Nugget Camp at Ballarat’s Minerdome.
Selectors used the camp to finalise the 20-person Vic Country team for the South Cross Challenge.
See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.