Luke shoots for the stars
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.’’