Friday, 29th November, 2013
By Ethan James
Four Broken Hill basketball players are heading to the USA for the trip of a lifetime.
High school students Whitney Smith, Andrew Donnelly, Harrison Petkovich and Logan Crimp are part of the South Australian Country squads that will fly to Dallas tomorrow for a two-week tour.
The boys and girls squads will play a number of matches and tournaments against American colleges and also take part in an elite training camp with former Mr Basketball of New York, skills specialist Tyler Ralph.
Andrew Donnelly, who is about to finish year nine at BH High School, was selected for the squad after representing SA Country in the National Basketball Championships in Adelaide earlier this year.
He is not quite sure what to expect when he takes the court in the US.
“I’ll be a bit scared of the six-foot guys, perhaps. They’ll have a lot of height,” he said.
“But the thing is, you never know how you’ll go until you get over there.”
Donnelly was part of the high performance group in the SA Country squad.
Whitney Smith is also a member of the squad and finished with a bronze medal in the Championships following strong performances for the Under 16 side.
The team finished top of the pool after going through the minor rounds undefeated.
On-court action aside, the quartet gets the chance to check out the sporting and cultural scenery of America.
The touring party will watch an NBA match between the Mavericks and Timberwolves as well as a National Hockey League fixture between Dallas and Philadelphia.
Once the basketball is complete, they travel to Los Angeles for three days, spending time at Disneyland and Universal Studios.
“We do get some free time where we get to decide what we want to do in terms of shopping or sightseeing,” Donnelly said.
The journey back to Australia begins on the December 14, with a flight to Adelaide via Melbourne before arriving home on the 16th.