Basket ball star Euan gets double Scots call-up
A Westburn youngster is courting success with his basketball career.
Last year the Reformer told how St Charles Primary pupil Euan Diatta had been called up to the Scotland under-11s basketball squad.
The P6 pupil has continued to be called up for the under-11s, but he’s also now been named in the under-12s line-up too.
He recently took part in the Surrey basketball festival, helping Scotland finish second in the tournament and being named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) for his efforts by coaches.
His proud mum Pamela was delighted by how well he’s done.
“It was the first time the Scottish under-11s have taken part in a formal competition.
“They came second, out of south-east England, Wales, Sussex and Surrey, and then at the end of the tournament they announce the one player who’s been the most valuable player, and they announced it was the Scotland number six. We were absolutely delighted - everyone on the team had worked so hard, but Euan had been selected. He was really chuffed and got a trophy for it.
“He’s out every night shooting hoops and dribbling the ball - if it’s raining, he’ll be dribbling the ball inside the house. He’s also into football, but at the moment he’s all about the basketball.”
That also led Euan to travel to Andorra recently, while he’s also secured sponsorship from Mitchell Engineering.
She added:“He was in Andorra for five days. That was a great experience, he loved being with the boys all the time and learning to be part of a team at that young age.
“It was a tournament for the under-12s, where they go to Barcelona, then have a bus journey through the mountains to Andorra, and then stay there four nights.
“They play in a tournament, and against the Andorran national team, then on the last day they got to go into Spanish schools, so there was a cultural aspect as well.”
The Future Starz programme is aimed at developing Scottish basketball in the long-term, and Pamela reckons Euan is already benefitting tremendously.
“They’ve had such a high level of training from Basketball Scotland that they all know it’s a team game, that they have to pass the ball around.
“The training has been so fantastic, of such a high standard. Even just this year, I can see a difference in what he’s able to do and how he understands the game.”
Hoop dreams Euan Diatta playing for Scotland
On the move Euan in action