Following an impressive performance at the NBA Global Academy Games & Prospects Camp earlier this year, local talent Harry Matthew has been invited to take part in Basketball Australia’s Development Camp this weekend.
Matthew will suit up alongside fellow ACT junior, Alex Toohey, as the pair take part in the intensive four-day camp to be held at the AIS.
Matthew, who has been training with the Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence squad says he’s looking forward to the experience.
“I’m very excited to be able to test my abilities against kids my age at the Australian level, not just ACT,” Matthew said.
Beginning with an invitation to take part in the NBA Global Academy and the recent opportunity to play for the Illawarra Hawks in a preseason game, Matthew has gone from strength to strength this year.
Matthew says he’ll be looking to get as much experience as possible out of the four-day camp.
“This will be my first time at an actual Basketball Australia camp so it should be a good experience,” said Matthew. “I’ll be watching the best players in the age above just to see what they do and see if I can put it into my own game.”
Fellow junior Alex Toohey will be looking to Matthew for leadership and inspiration as he takes part in his first major development camp and says he was shocked to receive the invitation.
“I was not expecting to be invited to the camp but I had the thought in the back of my mind seeing the scouts in the crowd at Nationals,” Toohey said. “I am most looking forward to the camp just for the fact I get to show off what I’ve got and gain extra experience that I can utilise at Nationals as a top age.”
Toohey hopes the camp will provide a pathway for him to represent Australia and lay the platform for a successful college career, following in the footsteps of his older brother and former Gunner James Toohey.
The camp, which runs from September 22-25, will feature athletes from able-bodied programs and wheelchair basketball programs with Canberra talent Annabelle Lindsay also invited to take part in the camp but unable to attend due to her college commitments.