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By Jarryd Hoppo | My journey, striving to represent South Australia at National Championships and beyond

November 9, 2017

Preface by Janx.....

 

 

VIDEO:  Hoppo Dunk number 1, now we warmin' up!

 

VIDEO:  Hoppo Dunk number 2, gettin nasty.

 

 

 

 

For Representative, District and Peak basketball bodies, and all the participants involved, your athletes that emerge into elite, youth talent are maybe your best ambassadors in the modern, global game.  They show other juniors that you can become successful from within your club, giving a great path for all to follow, that kids can relate to.  If these kids, like Hoppo hopefully does, go on to play in the high profile division 1 NCAA, especially high major programs, maybe even the NBA, Europe and the NBL, they also indirectly showcase their clubs, their schools and peak sporting bodies, like Basketball SA, to the world, and should be a great source of pride for all of us in the basketball community.

 

Given the outcomes that successful juniors bring to the sport it is important we all back them in their endeavours as much as we can.  I know South Adelaide has supported Jarryd, but we all have the opportunity to get behind Jarryd to support him too.

 

Daniel Carlin (past blog by Daniel here) did it for Centrals by showing that juniors from there could make it into National programs and when he did that the club boomed.  Isaac White (2017 Stanford Commit), Jacob Rigoni (2017 Quinnipiac Commit) and Lat Mayen (2017 TCU Commit) have done it for Sturt, and now more broadly, Basketball SA, including Central Districts player Brent Hank (2017 University at Albany commit), showing the path into elite college basketball for players in their clubs, and beyond, to levels not seen in the same year in South Australia before (South Australians