Warwick player Eugene Bradshaw leaps high at the recent Queensland Secondary School Basketball Championships at Auchenflower.
Warwick player Eugene Bradshaw leaps high at the recent Queensland Secondary School Basketball Championships at Auchenflower. Supplied

Young dribbler plans future in US

EUGENE Bradshaw has been selected as a shadow player for the Queensland Secondary Schools Basketball team in just his third year of “serious” basketball.

Despite only taking up the sport four years ago, 18-year-old Bradshaw has dominated basketball and is determined to make it his career once he finishes Year 12 at the School of Total Education this year.

“I only started playing seriously two years ago... I just went down and started playing for the local competition,” the 199-centimetre-tall Bradshaw said.

“I want to play professionally, I want to go to America and play college basketball. Next year I'm going to just play in Brisbane and I've got some contacts in America.”

In other basketball news, Warwick Basketball Association president Duncan McKenzie is eagerly awaiting the release of the draw for the Ag Requirements Regional Basketball League (ARRBL).

“The talk is that (the ARRBL) is going to start at the end of August... hopefully in the next couple of days we will have the draw,” McKenzie said.

Last year was the most successful yet for the Warwick teams, with the A-grade men's team and under 19s winning their grand finals, and the ladies A-grade side losing the grand final to finish runners-up.

“We ran a really good competition last year and took it out to a couple of regional areas. The crowds were fantastic, for the grand final we had about 400 people in the Scots PGC College arena - you couldn't hear yourself think,” McKenzie said.

“We hope to see (the crowds even bigger this year), we've got a couple of ideas up our sleeves to generate even more interest for the regional games.

“Last year I think (the competition) really sort of stepped up from previous years.”

Several new teams will join the ARRBL in the men's and women's divisions this year but the U19s competition has been scrapped to make way for a reserve grade.

However, a new Junior Regional Basketball League competition has been set up by Academy Basketball.



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