Basketball Queensland would like to congratulate to Tamuri Wigness from Cairns Basketball and Blake Jones from South West Metro who have both been selected for the Australian Crocs team to attend the 2018 FIBA Under 17 World Championships in Argentina from June 30 – July 8. We chatted with Tamuri and Blake to give us an insight into what they’re looking forward to most about the World Champs and what they hope to achieve in their basketball careers.
Standing at 5’11, Tamuri Wigness has been playing basketball for 6 years, having started in late primary school because his Mum was always scared of him playing rugby league. Tamuri is excited to perform at a much higher level at the 2018 FIBA World Champs at the start of his basketball career. He’s also looking forward to experiencing the different styles of play from the other teams around the world and showcasing his talents with the Australian Crocs.
Tamuri is hoping to win a Gold medal at the 2018 FIBA World Champs and to show other Indigenous Australians that if you make sacrifices, work hard and follow your dreams you can achieve your goals! He is also looking forward to showing off his and his team’s talents on a global scale. Tamuri’s future basketball goals are to represent Australia with the Australian Boomers and get into the top league in the world – the NBA.
Blake Jones has been playing basketball since he was 8 years old after his sister started playing and thought it would be a fun sport to try himself. Blake lives in Logan and has 1 sister who is 19 years old.
His basketball career goal is to attend a Division 1 college in America and then play professional basketball around the world, whether it be in the NBA, NBL or Euro League. He is most excited to attend the 2018 FIBA World Champs to have the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the world and gain exposure to all the different styles of play around the world. Blake is hoping to gain experience from the World Champs and win a medal for Australia.
We wish both boys luck and look forward to seeing their results!