Basketball Queensland is very proud to announce that four male Queensland players have been selected for the 2017 Centre of Excellence Program. The Basketball Centre of Excellence program is a scholarship team of Australia’s elite young athletes. In 2017, Queensland has more athletes represented than any other state! It’s great to see so much talent coming through from Queensland and we wish Callum Dalton (Gold Coast Waves), Sam Froling (Townsville Heat), Tom Fullarton (Sunshine Coast Phoenix) and Nick Stoddart (BBI Capitals) all the best at their time at the AIS in Canberra and look forward to hearing about your future successes!
Name: Callum Dalton
Association: Gold Coast Waves
Callum Dalton has been playing basketball for 11 years, with all his family playing as he was growing up, and his Dad playing professionally. His passion and talent for basketball is evident, having competed at seven Queensland State Championships all in Division 1 from U12 – U18’s. Callum has shown exceptional potential, having played in the U17 World Championships in Spain and being selected for the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in the New Orleans. Callum hopes to eventually make a living from playing basketball at an elite level and play for the Boomers.
Name: Sam Froling
Association: Townsville Heat
Sam Froling has been playing basketball since he was five years old, having grown up around it his whole life, with his family all playing and his Dad coaching the Townsville Crocs. A testament to how long he has been playing basketball, Sam has played at five QNJBC Championships from 2010 – 2015 and six State Championships – also from 2010 – 2015 and 2017. Sam’s extraordinary talent has taken him all over the world, with his greatest achievements so far, playing in the U17 World Championships in Spain, going to Fiji and playing at the U19 Qualifies for the Worlds comp’ and being selected to go to the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in the New Orleans. He hopes to one day play in the NBL and for the Boomers.
Name: Tom Fullarton
Association: Sunshine Coast Phoenix
Tom Fullarton started his basketball journey at 12 years old. Now at the age of 18-years Tom is going from strength to strength, having competed in three Queensland Championships – U14’s, U16’s and U18’s and Classics, to Captaining the U17 Australian Team at the Junior World Championships in 2015 and securing a scholarship at the Centre of Excellence for the second year in a row. Tom wants to play basketball at the professional level and play for the Boomers at the Olympics or at a World Championships.
Name: Nick Stoddart
Association: Brisbane Basketball – BBI Capitals
Nick Stoddart has been playing basketball since he was 4 years old, having been inspired by his then 9-year-old sister, who had just started playing. Nick has played in 9 Queensland Championships between 2009 – 2017. His fantastic on-court skills have seen him attend two Australian Camps in 2016 and July 2016 for the Nationals Squad Selection. Nick’s basketball career goals are to play in the NBA, European League and in the NBL.