Basketball Queensland are very proud to announce that two of our most promising high school players, Sam Froling from Townsville and Callum Dalton from the Gold Coast, and one of our State Performance Managers, Mel Downer have been selected to go to the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in the New Orleans, USA on Feb 17 – 19. Both Sam and Callum are on scholarships at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the AIS.
The Basketball Without Borders Global Camp is an All-Star, globally recognised event that highlights the NBA’s dedication to global expansion by giving players an opportunity to get noticed by NBA scouts. This year’s coaching participants include Cheick Diallo (Pelicans), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat), Justin Holiday (New York Knicks), Meyers Leonard (Portland Trail Blazers), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets).
We caught up with Sam and Callum before they left to ask them a few questions about their basketball journey so far and what they’re most excited to get out of the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp
How long have both of you been playing basketball?
Callum – I’ve been playing since I was 5, so 11 years. My whole family have all played basketball growing up and my Dad played professionally so I started from being surrounded by it my whole life.
Sam – My whole family played as well, when I was growing up my Dad was coaching the Crocs so that got me into it. I’ve also been playing for 11 years.
What are your greatest achievements in basketball so far?
Callum – Last year I played in the U17 World Championships in Spain and also being selected for the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp.
Sam – My greatest achievements are also playing in the U17 World Championships in Spain, going to the Basketball Without Borders Camp and, at the end of last year, I went to Fiji and played at the U19 Qualifies for Worlds.
What are your basketball career goals?
Callum – I want to play professionally and be able to make a living from playing basketball at an elite level and also play for the Boomers.
Sam – I want to play for the NBA and also play for the Boomers.
What are you most excited about when you go the Basketball Without Borders Camp?
Callum – I’m excited to play against the best players in the world in my age group (the selected athletes going to Basketball Without Borders Camp are between 16 – 18), meet new people, learn from NBA players and coaches – especially Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets and have a whole new experience in a new country.
Sam – Same as Callum, I’m excited to learn off NBA coaches that have coached the best teams in the world and learning from the players about what it takes and how it make it playing professional basketball.
What are you hoping to get out of the Basketball Without Borders Camp?
Callum – I want to continue developing my skillset so I can get more of an idea of how to be one of the best players in the world.
Sam – I want to prove to myself and others that I am one of the better players in the world.
Good luck guys, we’re sure you’ll do Queensland proud!