Kellyville shooting guard threads the needle for NSW U18s

JAYDEN Prakash is in the NSW Metropolitan under-18s. The 15-year-old basketballer from Kellyville will compete in the Under 18 National Championships in Canberra in April.

"I am very excited to be selected because there are many talented athletes in this age group," Jayden said.

He will be joined at the championships by his teammates Mitch Evans, 16, of Baulkham Hills, and Elijah Boateng, 15, of Riverstone, and their assistant coach Daniel Triklis, of Castle Hill.

To qualify, the boys competed in a series of trials starting in September, and ending with the three-day East Coast Challenge at The Hills Sports Stadium, Castle Hill, this month.

The NSW squad of 20 was reduced to a final team of 10 after this tournament.

Teams from South Australia, Victoria and the ACT also competed in the East Coast Challenge for spots in their state teams.

"I started playing basketball at 10 years old," Jayden said.

"My older brother introduced me and I have been playing at the Hills [Hornets Basketball Association] ever since.

"I have been fortunate enough to be selected for the state team for the last two years at the under-16s level [as has Mitch] and I'm very humble to be sharing the captaincy for the second year.

"I aspire to play for my country and possibly overseas."

Mitch said he too hoped to play professionally some day, and possibly in NCAA college system in the US. He began playing basketball aged six.

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