The entire Kilsyth Basketball community congratulate Will and wish him all the best as he represents Australia.
The Emus will begin their preparation for the World Championships with a tour of Europe in May followed by a tour of Lithuania in early June, the World Championships then begin in Latvia on 30 June 2011.
Will began playing Basketball at age 12 after a friend convinced him to come and play because he was ‘tall’; he has certainly not looked back since then, he started with domestic team the Wandin Warriors before moving onto Maroondah Magic. Will then began playing Basketball at a representative level playing for Kilsyth Cobras Representative teams the Under 14/1’s in 2005, the under 16/2s in 2006, the Under 16/1s in 2007, the Under 18/1’s in 2008-09, Under 20’s in 2010-2011 and is into his second season with the Workforcexs Kilsyth D-League Cobras.
Will has also been fortunate enough to represent Victoria at three National Championships winning gold for Victoria Metro at Under 16 level, Under 18 level and most recently at the Under 20 Nationals held in Maitland earlier this year.
When asked on his feelings on being selected to represent Australia, Will said he felt a range of emotions, “When the announcement came through that I had made the team I was shocked and excited but above all honoured that I have opportunity to represent my country”.
“Last year I was selected in the Emus squad and that in itself was a huge thill, but I knew that to actually make the team I had a lot of work in front of me, I now have the opportunity to gain valuable experience playing international basketball”.
Will says his aim is to play college basketball in America and hopes that the opportunity to represent his country will help him to do so “At the moment my focus is on representing my country to the best of my ability and I’m hoping that in doing so it will increase the possibility of fulfilling my ambition of going to college and playing basketball”.
Director of Coaching at Kilsyth and Head Coach of the Workforcexs D-League Cobras, Rod Popp, believes Will is going to go places “Like a lot of young big players Will is still a work in progress but he has a very bright future ahead of him”.
Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association are extremely proud of Will and will keep everyone updated with his progress with the Emus World Championship campaign over the coming months.
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