AUSTRALIAN basketballer Jay Rantall’s next goal is close to his heart – he wants to bring the Big V title back to Warrnambool.
Rantall hopes his FIBA Under 17 World Cup experience will boost the Seahawks’ quest for second championship in three seasons.
The shooting guard, who helped Australia to a sixth-place finish in Argentina, will suit up for his home club when he returns to the south-west.
Warrnambool sits sixth on the division one table with four regular season fixtures, spread across three rounds, remaining.
“I’m ready to finish the Big V season and win a championship with the Seahawks,” Rantall told The Standard.
“For me next I just want to get better, so I will be spending a lot of my off-season after Big V trying to improve my game.”
Rantall, 17, played seven games at the world cup, averaging six minutes and 2.6 points for the Crocs.
“The biggest challenge was adapting to playing different types of play,” he said.
“Some teams were super quick, all about transition and most of the European teams were all about execution.
“It was challenging but was also enjoyable. I couldn’t pick a best player.
“Some players could just do things you’d never seen before for their size.”
The 189-centimetre Rantall said the Crocs were in “a very hot pool” but were disappointed to fall at the quarter-final stage.
“To represent Australia is an honour and something I never will take for granted or ever forget. (I’m) glad that all the hard work paid off,” he said.
“Hopefully I can one day put the Aussie jersey back on.”