Player’s sights set high

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She is a tow­er­ing 192cm tall but Maia Wil­son says she hasn’t fin­ished grow­ing yet.

That’s a worry for her op­po­si­tion on the bas­ket­ball court.

‘‘I like to use my body to my ad­van­tage, I love the phys­i­cal stuff,’’ she says.

‘‘I guess that’s why my team­mates tell me they hate play­ing against me at train­ing.’’

Maia has wasted no time es­tab­lish­ing her­self as a feared power for­ward/cen­tre.

The 16-year-old bas­ket­ball star at­tends Mt Al­bert Gram­mar and has played for Waitakere West Auck­land right through­out the age groups, mak­ing nu­mer­ous sto­ries along the way.

In the un­der-17s na­tional fi­nal last year she scored 20 points, 10 re­bounds and five as­sists to help lead her team to

suc­cess the ti­tle over North Har­bour.

Her per­for­mance also earned her the MVP crown for the tour­na­ment.

‘‘That was the cherry on the top,’’ Maia says.

‘‘Usu­ally the point guards get the glory so it was some­thing spe­cial.’’

She has played for the Ju­nior Tall Ferns but in­jury forced her out of the FIBA Ocea­nia World qual­i­fiers last year.

‘‘I’ve had some trou­ble with my left an­kle and rolled it twice lead­ing up to the tour­na­ment,’’ Maia says.

‘‘From that I in­jured my achilles ten­don on my other foot and it was a run of bad luck at the wrong time.’’

Maia’s tal­ents there.

She’s also a force on the net­ball court, mak­ing the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools team and win­ning the na­tional ti­tle with the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School side last year.

‘‘Bas­ket­ball is more of an in­ter­na­tional sport but net­ball has more fund­ing here. My goal is to be a dual in­ter­na­tional for New Zealand, which is a lot harder to do th­ese days. But a de­ci­sion will have to be made about which sport I favour even­tu­ally.’’



High hoops: There are some big de­ci­sions ahead for Maia Wil­son from Hills­bor­ough.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­ and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of reporter Ju­lian Raethel tak­ing on Maia Wil­son in a bas­ket­ball match.

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