ANGUS Kemper is one of many aspiring young basketballers set to propel the Leongatha association to higher levels.
Angus was recently announced the winner of the Kelly Wilson Most Promising Junior Award from other nominees Belle Grabham-Andrews, Tom Hanily and Harper McLennan.
Angus’ Lightning coach Daryl Lyons described him as “a young player with good basic skills, particularly around the basket who played some ripping games”.
“He is just starting to understand the game and competing against bigger opponents.
“His ball skills and basketball IQ are improving and team work has always been a strong feature of this bright young fella.”
Leongatha sees enormous potential for Angus who has been playing Lightning for four seasons and hopefully an opportunity for him to extend to greater heights is around the corner.
Angus is still only 13, and is already up around the 6-foot mark.
“Being taller definitely helps,” he said.
He’s now filling in at senior level, both in A Grade and B Grade.
He shows his versatility by dominating the boards at the junior level and dribbling more in the seniors.
“I was a bit nervous before I played my first A Grade game the other night but you get used to the pace and the size of everyone pretty quickly.”
He played in Lightning’s Under 16 team as a bottom age player and has put no limits on where he’d like to go with his basketball career.
“As far as I can go! Basketball is my number one sport.”
He said he likes all sports, apart from cricket. He had a year at soccer last year and is back playing footy this year for one of Leongatha’s Under 14 sides.
Ref’s rapid progression
Young referee Matt Moss from Dumbalk is one of the LBA’s up and coming referees who has progressed rapidly.
“We are so pleased to have him in our association,” president Dan Monaghan said.
“He is a polite young man who umpires A and B Grade men and won our Referee of the Year award last year and was selected to attend Basketball Victoria Country’s Under 12 Jamboree at Echuca.”
More recently, he was invited to umpire at the Under 12 Country Championships in Bendigo.
BVC Referee Coordinator Karin Berrysmith sees enormous opportunities for Matt as he is eager to listen and learn.
Matt said Cathy Govers has provided plenty of advice and support.
He has the whistle three nights a week (two in Leongatha and one in Mirboo North), and said he enjoys officiating in senior games most of all.
“It’s more of a challenge and while every game is different, you know when you have a good one.”
His next goal is to get his B Grade ticket and is look forward to further tournaments down the track.