Basketball young guns eager to step up their game this season

JET: Haiden Ings played a key role for the Albury Cougars at last year’s State Cup.
JET: Haiden Ings played a key role for the Albury Cougars at last year’s State Cup.

Wangaratta basketball rising star Brodie Paul will head to Hawaii this year for the biggest tournament of his young career.

After featuring in the first Australian country boys team to win the Mel Young Classic in New Zealand last Easter, Paul and his offsiders have been invited to participate in the annual world youth basketball tournament in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, from August 1-5.

The side will play against teams from Canada, USA and Hawaii, as well as experiencing all the culture the island has to offer.

TALENT: Wangaratta's Brodie Paul is off to Hawaii in August with Australia Country.

TALENT: Wangaratta's Brodie Paul is off to Hawaii in August with Australia Country.

Meanwhile, Albury’s Haiden Ings has been selected to trial for the NSW Country under 16s for the upcoming Australian under 16 junior championships.

What makes the achievement even more impressive is the fact Ings has reached the squad as a bottom age player.

The championships will be held from July 6-13 on the Sunshine Coast.