The local kids are put through their paces by three USA college basketball stars at a clinic in Leongatha last week. m032818

The local kids were delighted to get some expert tuition from USA college basketball graduates Pat Monaghan, Taylar Marston and Cameron Carter at the Leongatha Splash Stadium last week. m022818

THEY’D come from the opposite side of the world to meet in Leongatha last Wednesday; Pat Monaghan, Taylar Marston and Cameron Carter.
And the thread that brought them together at Vermont Tech just outside Randolph, half an hour south of the capital Montpelier, and also at Leongatha, was basketball.
The trio, which includes Monaghan from Mardan, Marston from Mt Barker in South Australia and Cameron Carter from Atlanta Georgia, all played together for the Knights Basketball Team at Vermont Tech, figuring in one of the most successful eras ever to represent the green and white.
“We were only the third team in 150 years to take it all the way to the Elite 8 Championships,” said local boy Pat Monaghan.
Along the way Pat completed a degree in Construction Management and while he is working in building right now, construction management is a career he’d like to follow in the future.
“Yes, basketball will be pretty much a secondary thing for me now.”
Not so Cameron Carter who took home the award as the best offensive player in the tournament from the 2017-18 Elite 8 Championship season.
He’s looking to continue his career with a South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) team in Victoria and maybe in Asia or Europe at a later date.
But at the invitation of good mate Pat Monaghan, Cameron and Taylar were visiting Leongatha, providing the perfect opportunity to run a basketball clinic for local kids at the Splash Stadium last Wednesday.
It all went over fantastically well and a group of 20 young local basketball enthusiasts could not have had a better holiday activity.
“We’re looking at three objectives today, concentrating on the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting but looking at the ways of combining all three in training drills that improve your skills,” said Taylar.
First off, the kids followed Cameron dribbling their way around the outside of the court, and snaking through the middle of the court, in a long conga-line and having mastered that, it was on to passing and shooting.
Plenty of parents were watching from the sidelines and couldn’t have helped but be impressed with the way the trio communicated their messages to the kids and encouraged them to have a go… the smiles on the kids’ faces said it all.