Bas­ket ball star Euan gets dou­ble Scots call-up

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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