Bas­ket­ball

Hoop­ster slam dunks US trial

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

A Broome teenager has bounced his way from the bi­tu­men bas­ket­ball courts of the re­mote Kimberley to the sport’s epi­cen­tre in the US. Ger­rard Ansey, 18, is liv­ing his child­hood dream of be­ing cho­sen to play on the US col­lege cir­cuit for 18 months, where he will be watched by scouts from the NBL Su­per­league. Ansey was se­lected as a cap­tain for the Team Oz Bas­ket­ball 2017 USA Tour af­ter a trial in March and flew to Los An­ge­les on Mon­day last week as the squad’s only WA player and one of only two indige­nous play­ers cho­sen. The 190.5cm teen is no stranger to the sports spot­light af­ter he was named Broome’s 2017 Kullarri NAIDOC ju­nior sportsper­son of the year and won back-to-back pre­mier­ships with the Broome Ti­tans in the Kimberley. His proud mother, Mon­ica Lee, said he con­tin­ued on to play in a premier­ship-win­ning team for Perry Lakes Hawks, an un­der20 Mel­bourne Tigers bas­ket­ball team and was ac­cepted into the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Sport in Mel­bourne this year.

“Gerry al­ways loved bas­ket­ball, it was al­ways his cho­sen sport and his high­est achieve­ment was be­ing vice-cap­tain in the un­der-16 metro team,” she said.

“As a coun­try boy, that was an achieve­ment in it­self.

“He’s a great team player, he has good lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and I think that’s why he gets cho­sen to cap­tain a lot of things — he’s a po­lite team player.

“But if he’s go­ing to go all out then he is deadly with his skills.

“He’s like an elas­tic band — you can have four big­ger guys in front of him and he will weave him­self through and score — he’s got the tools to be­come a great player.”

Ansey is also try­ing to be­come a good role model for WA bas­ket­ballers still at school, hav­ing played WA State bas­ket­ball, won the Black­wood Cup and an award for best bas­ket­baller in 2016 while study­ing on a six-year schol­ar­ship at Christ Church Gram­mer School in Perth.

Pic­ture: Kel­lie McNeill

Ger­rard Ansey.

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