Representing NZ in July
By Angelo Robinson
Kapiti Basketball Players, Rachel Pike and Moss Whitman, with Atsuya Miyake as a reserve, have been selected for the New Zealand Basketball Academy Age Group Teams to tour Las Vegas USA in July this year.
This is Rachael Pike’s second year being selected for the USA Tour.
All three players put in strong performances at the trials held in 2017 with the final trials (a four day camp) held in January and have been rewarded with securing positions in these top Age Group Teams.
On-going preparation and training camps
Rachel and Moss will fly out in July ready to do their best against the best in the USA.
Reserve Atsuya Miyake will continue to train with the Team as he could receive a call up at any time.
A training camp was held on Sat 24 and Sun 25 February, with three more camps on 7 and 8 April, 13 May and 17 June leading up to the Tour departure on 15 July.
The purpose of the NZBA Tour is to expose New Zealand players to the intensity of the American style of play by competing against some of the best NCAA Club Teams in the USA.
Playing at this level is excellent preparation for anyone with aspirations of gaining a USA University Scholarship. With three Tournaments being played the tour is intense, both for play, training, and compulsory study as students will be away from school at the start of Term 3.
This is an amazing opportunity for these players. The competition at these USA tournaments is fierce, with all the top age group teams from around the USA attending along with recruiting Coaches and Scouts.
The Teams will all be staying on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus (UNLV) during the Tournaments in Las Vegas which also gives the players a feel for university life in the USA.
This will be a wonderful experience for these players and will definitely show them where they need to be to be able to compete and be successful at that next stage and level of Basketball.
Congratulations again to these players – we are all extremely proud of you and your achievements to date.