Murray Bridge basketball star Alex Wilson and her Eastern Mavericks counterpart Lachlan Barker recently ran a training program for the region’s young basketballers.
Currently back in South Australia for the WNBL off-season, the Sydney Uni Flames champion is playing in the Premier League basketball competition for the Eastern Mavericks and has returned home in recent weeks to both teach and play.
Tuesday’s school holiday program took place at the Murray Bridge Showgrounds basketball stadium, and Wilson said she was happy with the showing.
The training day ran from 10am until 3pm, and was aimed at players between eight and 14.
Wilson said there was a good mix of boys and girls, and that some more experienced players came along and had a positive influence on the day.
“It was really good. I think we had a good mix of kids. A few of the older ones had some better developed skills, so it was good to have them be able to help some of the younger kids through the drills,” she said. “We started them off learning basic ball handling skills and shooting techniques before progressing them through to scrimmaging and three-on-three games.”
It’s been great to get back to Murray Bridge to play and to teach a lot of juniors who really want to play basketball properly. I’d definitely like to keep doing more of these.
Wilson said these programs are usually run during the school holidays, as it’s the easiest way to gather juniors on a larger scale.
“The Mavs emailed the Murray Bridge Basketball Association who passed the program offer onto all of the clubs, so it was good to get the word out that way.”
She said she had seen a large number of juniors in recent weeks due to a training program held before the Eastern Mavericks’ game against the Central District Lions in June.
“It’s been great to get back to Murray Bridge to play and to teach a lot of juniors who really want to play basketball properly. I’d definitely like to keep doing more of these,” she said.
While playing the game is her greatest passion, Wilson said she does enjoy passing on her knowledge to tomorrow’s future stars.
“I'm very happy to do anything I can to give back and help to teach the next lot of kids,”