ON COURT: James Legan, pictured in Wildcats action, will be at Warwick High today.
ON COURT: James Legan, pictured in Wildcats action, will be at Warwick High today. Kevin Farmer

Vision to start a Friday night social basketball competition

JAY Clark has a vision to start a Friday night social basketball competition in Warwick for players, aged 12 to 25.

The Warwick Basketball Association and headspace Southern Downs have joined forces to start a Friday night social competition at WIRAC from 6-8pm.

Clark will co-ordinate the social competition.

"We want to play on Friday nights during school terms and the aim is to attract players from all secondary schools and the community," he said.

Today, Toowoomba Mountaineers Queensland Basketball League star James Legan will be pushing the Friday competition in coaching sessions at Warwick State High School from 11.15am.

Legan was the leading scorer as the Warwick Wildcats won the 2011 Ag Requirements Regional Basketball League and will also be at Warwick High on Friday week to pass on some of the finer points of the game he first learnt while playing college basketball for East Carolina in the United States.

He scored 25 points in the Mountaineers victory against the Gold Coast Rollers on Sunday and said he was loving life on the Darling Downs.

"It is good to get away from the big city lights and be heavily involved in the community," he said.

Headspace team leader Sophia McLucas said the social basketball nights would be free with the emphasis on getting young people involved.

"We are also keen to do something with other sports and have had discussions with WIRAC about a come-and-try and the Redbacks Aussie Rules club about the possibility of bringing Gold Coast Suns player and headspace ambassador Campbell Brown to Warwick in September," she said.

Each Friday night, Michael McDaniel, who trialled with the Dallas Mavericks in the United States, will be at the social basketball competition to pass on some helpful hints to the players.

Some members of the headspace youth advisory committee will be at the basketball on Friday.

All welcome tonight and next Friday from 6-8pm at WIRAC.



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