Exum headlines 2013 Australian School C’ships

Exum headlines 2013 Australian School C’ships

Some of the country’s brightest young stars will be on show in Melbourne for the 2013 Australian School Championships, tipping off on Monday 2 December.

Headlining the list of bright young talent is Australian Boomers young gun Dante Exum, who will represent Lake Ginninderra College for the ACT alongside fellow AIS product Jack McVeigh.

For Exum, who just completed his final high school exams, the championships will be his first hit out since making his senior Australian Boomers debut at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships in August.

The 18-year-old said the chance to finish his time with Lake Ginninderra at the Australian School Championships would be the perfect way to sign off after three great years there as part of his residence at the AIS.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to play for Lake Ginninderra at the Australian School Championships in the past and I’ve really enjoyed the chance to play with my mates from school,” Exum said.

“We are up against some really talented teams, with some players who have represented Australia, so it’s going to be a tough challenge, but we’re looking forward it.

“Hopefully we can cause a few upsets and have a good week down in Melbourne.”

An All-Star Five recipient at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 and 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships, Exum isn’t the only player with international experience competing at the State Basketball Centre, Knox next week.

Caulfield Grammarian Gerard Martin will be out to get the better of his junior national team teammate, with the duo part of two of Australian men’s basketball’s most successful teams.

The pair won silver at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships, before teaming up again just 12 months later to reach the semi-final stage of the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

On the women’s side of the fixture, highly-touted centre Lauren Scherf will lead Victorian school Catholic Ladies College in eight-team conference.

At just 17 years of age, Scherf is considered one of the best young players in the WNBL and regarded as a future player in the Jayco Australian Opals program. The 195cm star has already cut her teeth on the international stage, excelling at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 and 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

As a 16-year-old Scherf impressed for Australia in helping the team to fifth at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships before backing it up 12 months later at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships as part of the Australian Gems team that claimed the bronze medal.

The Championship Division of the 2013 Australian School Championships has 155 players and 16 teams between the girls and boys conferences. The Invitational Division boasts 115 attending school teams from all parts of Australia.

In total, more than 1200 players are expecting to be involved in competition over the five days at the Melbourne’s State Basketball Centre, Knox from 2-6 December.

Basketball Australia's Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDiS) program will have a “Check Your Substances” live and interactive stall at the Championships, providing demonstrations of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) tools and answering questions on illicit and performance-enhancing drugs and supplements.

For all the latest news, results and more from the 2013 Australian School Championships be sure to visit the tournament website and check out the Official Basketball Australia Facebook page for galleries, interviews and features.