Four of Mount Gambier’s elite young basketballers are now firmly in the sights of the USA College coaches after a recent month long ‘USA Basketball Exposure Tour’ by members of the Tenison Woods College Titans Basketball Academy.
The up-and-coming players, Nicola Handreck, Jak Ryan, Jackson Trappett and Matthew Parslow, spent the majority of last month touring 15 states throughout America which saw the talented athletes have the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of College coaches.
Accompanied by Titans Head Coach, Andrew Summerville, Titans Director, Dan Stratford and teacher, Kim Stratford, the annual tour is designed to enable the players to gain exposure to US College coaches in the hope of obtaining a College scholarship.
And the trip seems to have paid off, with Mr Summerville expecting many of the players to achieve their dreams of becoming a student athlete in the USA.
“Nicola Handreck impressed many coaches both at her individual work outs and in tournament play and is looking very likely to receive a scholarship offer from a College in the coming weeks,” he said.
“Jak Ryan also performed well and has legitimate interest from at least three schools while Jackson Trappett had a break out game in Kentucky guiding our team to an overtime victory and impressed the College coaches in attendance.
“Matthew Parslow is also now on many College coaches’ radars and will be watched over in the next 12 months as he enters Year 12.”
The Tenison Woods College Titans Basketball Academy, now in its fifth year, is a two year course which captures the ideals of the student athlete. The course covers the study requirements of Year 12, ensuring students complete four subjects and the research project. Extra components of the course are what basketball students in US Colleges are exposed to, such as weight programs, individual sessions, team work out sessions, and strategy development.
The recent USA exposure tour saw the contingent travel to Los Angeles before visiting Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and California – including six individual visits to College campuses and try outs with College coaches.
The tour takes place in the July recruiting period which is the heaviest recruiting period for College coaches. The students were exposed to a variety of levels from NCAA (Division 1 and 2), NAIA and NJCAA and even the CIS in Canada. The exposure tour is offered every year to interested students, with the Titans Academy also offering an additional month long USA tour for students from Years 9-12 every second year in December.
“This was a great opportunity for the students as they were able to meet elite level coaches face to face, work out on a College court, tour College facilities and meet College athletes,” Mr Summerville said.
Following their College visits the Titans joined a combined team made up of other High School athletes from all around Australia and played in three elite high school recruiting tournaments.
Titans Director, Dan Stratford said for players interested in playing basketball at US Colleges this was the ideal way to get them on the College coaches’ radars.
“The teams played in 15 games in 11 days in front of hundreds of College coaches,” Mr Stratford said.
“The exposure and experience these players gained from this tour is invaluable”.
“The Tenison Woods College Basketball Academy is building an impressive reputation with US College coaches, one that is sure to grow with the high calibre of current and future players in our midst.”
Caption: Nicola Handreck, Jackson Trappett, Jak Ryan and Matthew Parslow are now all on the USA coaches radars after their recent trip to the United States.