Ben is bound for an American adventure
BASKETBALL: It has been quite a rise for emerging Gladstone athlete Ben Harvey.
On the back of an outstanding past 12 months which included a superb Under-18 State Championship campaign on the Sunshine Coast last month, Harvey is heading to the US.
The point guard has been selected to take part in the Basketball Queensland U18 College Exposure Tour from July 6-17.
"I found out through our Ray Cooper and he approached me with an offer to be in the team when I was about to referee in the senior league," he said.
"I was excited when he told me."
Harvey was one of five Gladstone players in the mix for the US adventure and he will be one of 10 from Queensland North heading to the American tour.
Harvey is known for his aggressiveness, leadership and ability to assist as well as score - attributes which have been identified.
"I aim to get a new perspective on basketball both on and off the court," he said.
"I am interested in learning different styles of coaching and playing and seeing the amazing facilities that the US has to offer."
Harvey was pleased with his offensive output at the recent championships.
"My biggest improvement has been in my offensive play. In the state championships I averaged over 15 points," he said
"Before the recent state championships, I was mainly a defensive specialist, but through training expanded my game-play to include more offensive moves."
The Basketball Queensland U18 College Exposure Tour will focus to maximise players' exposure to US colleges while at the same time to implement the Queensland style of play and to provide international playing opportunities for the younger group.
TOUR OF DUTY
. 12 day trip to the US
. Visiting US Colleges
. Whilst on campus - visiting the training and playing facilities
. Getting a taste of Campus Life as a Student Athlete
. Meeting with college coaching staff followed by a Q&A
. NCAA Accredited Tournament played in Las Vegas
. Attending NBA Summer League Games