Running with the Wolves – at 12
‘DETERMINED’ HOOPS TALENT
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Cathleah Graza has only been playing basketball with the St Clair Wolves for 18 months but she has already made an impression on the coaches.
The Rooty Hill player has been nominated for a Young Sporting Spirit award.
Wolves head coach Thomas Reid described Cathleah as having a “coachable attitude” which earned her a leading spot on the Penrith Panthers development squad.
“Cathleah started playing under-12s basketball at the club level and illustrated great skills for a beginner,” Reid said.
“Prior to the end of the season she attended Penrith Panthers rep trials for under-14s girls and was se- lected in the development team.
“However, during the preseason, Cathleah illustrated a coachable attitude and hard work. She was then selected on the full squad and is one of the leading players on the roster.”
Cathleah’s mother Catherine Graza said her daughter was “determined”. “One thing I know about her is she never gives up,” she said.
Cathleah said she had played netball at school but having to stand still when she had the ball frustrated her.
“I used to play netball but you can’t really move around the court,” Cathleah said.
“In basketball, you can go all over the place.”
Cathleah, who is usually point guard or shooting guard, said she wanted to be like NBA star Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II.
Cathleah Graza, 12, is a rising talent in basketball.