Luke shoots for the stars

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - SAMHEWAT

Luke Kelemete is part of a bas­ket­ball rev­o­lu­tion at a school best known for its oval-ball codes.

The 15-year-old St Paul’s Col­lege stu­dent has made a host of rep teams and is cur­rently cap­tain of the Coun­ties Manukau un­der-17 side.

Bas­ket­ball has jumped from two teams to four at St Pauls - and could ac­com­mo­date two more - quickly be­com­ing one of the most pop­u­lar sports on cam­pus.

Across those four teams, they’ve lost just one game all sea­son.

Kelemete trav­elled to the United States in De­cem­ber last year as part of a de­vel­op­ment team which got him game time in front of col­lege scouts. That ex­pe­ri­ence has mo­ti­vated him to push fur­ther in his bas­ket­ball ca­reer.

‘‘It was re­ally chal­leng­ing and there were a lot of lessons to learn from that,’’ Kelemete said.

‘‘Play­ing in the NBA is the ulti- mate goal.’’

Di­rec­tor of sports at St Pauls Dave Mc­Der­mott said Kelemete was an ex­am­ple of how much in­ter­est the sport has gar­nered over the past few years, with the school gain­ing both in­door and out­door courts.

‘‘Be­fore school, af­ter school, and dur­ing, there are 60 kids play­ing bas­ket­ball all year round,’’ Mc­Der­mott said.

‘‘I’ll come in when it’s rain­ing and cold and there will be kids play­ing bas­ket­ball.’’

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