16 September 2017

Local idols inspire Canberra's Charlie Mellick as he sets sights on States

| BasketballACT
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It was a tough campaign for the ACT Under-16 boys representative side at the 2017 Australian Junior Championships in Western Australia, but Canberra junior, Charlie Mellick made the most of it.

The Ginninderra Rats junior posted a game-high 18 points in a narrow loss against Western Australia Country and 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds against South Australia Metro.

Mellick has been one of the form players in Canberra’s Under-16’s competition this season and his personal performances have reflected his high caliber potential.

“Charlie brings athleticism and versatility to the ACT U16 Men’s Team,” said Basketball ACT Head of High Performance, Phil Brown. “He can play as a post type or as perimeter player as he has the capabilities to defend on the interior and perimeter.”

“He is an accomplished rebounder, both offensively and defensively, and his ability to run the floor, get to the basket or shoot the three-point shot make him a challenging match up for opponents.”

Mellick’s successes have always come off the back of hard work, as the youngster works tirelessly on his ball skills and three-point shooting, while looking up to elite local players for inspiration.

“I definitely look up to Patty Mills and what he has achieved, but someone I see a lot is Daniel Joyce,” said Mellick of the Canberra Gunners’ starting point guard.

The athletic forward has now set his sights on the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, with ambitions of playing in the American college basketball system in years to come.

“I think experiencing different competitions will be great for my development,” says Mellick, as he prepares to make the jump next season to Under-19’s in Canberra’s local competition.

Written by Daniel Graham.

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