CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WELCOMES RISING STARS

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WELCOMES RISING STARS

Talented young Tasmanian shooting guard Reyne Smith and emerging big man Harry Wessels from Western Australia have recently accepted scholarships at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra.

A star for Tasmanian youth teams in recent years, Smith had a break-out year in 2019 with consistent performance at the senior level with North West Tasmania in the NBL1 competition and helping Australia to gold at the FIBA Oceania Under 17 Championships in New Caledonia.

The young athletic shooter has developed through the Basketball Tasmania High-Performance Program and was offered his COE scholarship after consistent performances across at camps, tournaments and with the national junior team program.

Harry Wessels is an emerging post player from regional Western Australia who has developed through the Basketball Western Australia State Performance Program and impressed at the recent National Performance Camp held in Canberra.

The 209-centimetre post player has been one of the big improvers in the emerging pathway in recent times and arrives at the COE with a focus on improving his burgeoning skillset and athletic talent.

In welcoming these two outstanding young prospects to the program, BA Centre of Excellence Men’s Head Coach Adam Caporn said both players had international potential.

“We are looking forward to the addition of Reyne Smith and Harry Wessels after their U20 AJC experience,” Caporn said.

“Reyne was part of the bronze medal-winning Tasmanian team and brings an elite international skill. His shooting ability and competitiveness make him a very valuable commodity in international basketball, and I’m sure he will have a long successful career.

“Harry brings size, physicality, intelligence and a rapidly increasing skill set. He had an outstanding NPC in January prior U20s, and the sky is the limit for him,” he added.