Young local basketballer Tom Gorman has again continued to make waves in Basketball Victoria after he was selected through to the next section of the state selection process, where he will attend a combine camp for a chance to be selected in the U16 Victoria Country State side.
Just a matter of months ago Tom was selected in the National Intensive Training Program in the under 16 age group where keen young basketballers were able to hone in on their skills in preparation for the elite level.
Tom’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association coach Brett Harvey said Tom has improved even more in the past few months after his selection in the NITP and he is performing fantastically to be selected for these national sides while he is still at school.
“This is an outstanding effort for Tom,” Brett said.
“His dedication and commitment to improve has seen him take his game to a new level.
“With Tom competing with players from all over the state, most playing basketball as their main sport all year round, is a great achievement.
“Our small association here in Yarrawonga (YMBA) only play our domestic and representative basketball over the summer, with our rep players competing on weekends around the Northeast.”
What is an even bigger feat for Tom is that he is achieving many of these goals at the age of 13, a bottom age player for many of these teams.
“The opportunity that Tom has be given will expose him to some of the best coaches in the country,” Brett said.
“The development that Tom will gain from this experience is priceless and will only help his future ambitions to compete at the highest level.”
Brett said the 190cm basketball star has been amazing to watch and if he keeps working as hard as he has in the past few months he could really take his basketball career far.
“I personally have had great joy in watching him not only grow in stature but also as a player,” Brett said.
“Tom should be extremely proud of what he’s achieved this year and I have no doubt that his will to learn the game and the effort of which he applies himself will give him great opportunity now and into the future.”