Sporting swap is paying off
BASKETBALL prodigy Brodie Riach is heading to America after securing a college scholarship just four years into playing the sport seriously.
The 19-year-old former Warwick Senior High School student, who originally played Australian Rules Football, has been accepted into the basketball program at Sheridan College in Wyoming.
Riach said after picking up a basketball at 15 years old that he had to learn the sport quickly, although the transition wasn’t “too hard” because AFL and basketball had some similarities.
“My passion for basketball developed quite quickly because I had an overall passion for sport in general,” he said.
“As I got further involved in the game of basketball, I realised the future I could potentially have, providing I was willing to put the work in.”
Riach played for the Perry Lakes Hawks before moving to Melbourne, where he spent two years playing for the Altona Gators in the Big V competition.
While playing for the Gators, he graduated from the Australian College of Sport under coach Alan Westover a former championship coach of the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL.
Reflecting on his short career, Riach said he credited his coaches for giving him the impetus and structure needed to propel him on to the interstate and now international court.
“The coaches down at Perry Lakes did a tremendous job in giving me the attention I needed in order to get where I wanted to go,” he said.
“Highlights during my short time playing basketball definitely include the destinations where basketball has taken me.
“I have travelled to the United States twice to compete in college showcases in front of about 250 scouts and coaches across multiple levels, and competed against the best the US has to offer.”
Riach said his overseas experience in 2016 showed him what was required of him to compete internationally and fulfil his dream of playing for a college team.
“It was a real eye-opener for me to recognise where I was at and where I need to be in order to accomplish my goals of receiving a full scholarship to play college basketball,” he said.
“Twelve months later I was fortunate enough to receive another opportunity to travel across to the US and once again compete for one of those precious scholarships.”
“Both Australia and America just have their own styles that they play to.
“The US is a fast-paced game where as in Australia it’s very physical.”
Now living between houses in Alkimos, Greenwood and Churchlands, Riach will begin his two-year US scholarship in August after leaving Perth in July.
Brodie Riach has received a basketball scholarship to the US.