Warrnambool teen reaches for another national titles medal

WARRNAMBOOL teenager Jeremy Bolden will vie for a second national championships medal.

The power forward will represent Vic Country at the under 18 Australian Junior Championships in April.

Jeremy, 17, said the 10-player squad, which was announced yesterday, was capable of snaring a medal at the Belconnen-based competition.

He is one of six players who collected bronze at under 16 level two years ago in the under 18 squad, giving the players a sense of familiarity.

“I want to keep improving and for our team to do as best we can,” Jeremy said.

“When I went away for under 16s we were fortunate enough to get a bronze medal so hopefully we can extend that and go one better, or even two better.”

Jeremy was selected in the Vic Country side on the back of strong performances at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup in Albury last week.

His Victorian Goldminers side finished third in the under 18 section.

The Warrnambool Seahawks prospect said he was considered for state selection as a bottom-age player in 2013.

“I made the top 30 last year to Albury but didn’t make it further,” Jeremy said.

“It was still really good last year to make the top 30 considering there were good top-age players but to come out and make the team this year is really good.”

Jeremy, who also plays football for South Warrnambool, said earning a second Victorian singlet was a positive step.

“It means heaps to my basketball to keep going and improving because I really know it does improve your basketball having been in the program before,” he said.

Jeremy, who will train for five weeks with the Vic Country squad, said he prided himself on his inside game and was capable of playing the four and five positions.

“I’ll keep working on my mid-range shot but it’s probably an asset as well,” he said.

Jeremy made his Big V debut in the final game of the 2013 season and is hopeful the experience he gains at the national championships will present him with another opportunity to don the Seahawks’ jersey. 

Fellow Warrnambool teenager Oliver Bidmade was one of five Vic Country emergencies named for the April 10-17 championships.

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