Year 11 Shore student, Patrick Fraser, has been playing basketball since he was 10 years old. He was recently selected to participate in the prestigious NBA Academy Games and Basketball Australia Prospects Camp on July 15-21 in Canberra, with top basketball prospects from around the globe.
As one of only 50 high school aged athletes from Australia, Patrick was identified by coaches from Basketball Australia and Basketball NSW as a high performance athlete, suitable for the camp.
NBA Academy teams from Asia, India, South America and Africa were all in attendance in addition to 5 teams of Australia’s top talent.
The camp consisted of on and off court activities, focusing on basketball and life skills plus health and wellness. Patrick commented: “The highlight of the camp was playing against the top prospects from around the world for my age and seeing where I need to be to compete at the highest level”. He continued: “Playing against players who were more athletic, physically stronger and faster meant I had to quickly adapt to the competitive nature at that level.”
Shore’s Master In Charge of Basketball, Anthony Separovich commented: “Patrick’s selection to this camp is a testament to all the hard work he has put in over the past few years, he should be commended for this. Playing in the Shore 1sts, his approach to training is exceptional, dedicating much of his time to honing his skills and completing between 4-8 training sessions per week.”
Playing a combination guard position (point guard and shooting guard), Patrick averages 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3 steals per game.
In the integral parent support role Patrick’s Dad, Andrew, shared: “Getting up at 5am to get Pat to early morning training sessions aside, it’s been a pleasure watching Patrick develop as player and individual over the years. His passion for and love of the game, quiet completive nature and his ability to get up for early morning training sessions without complaint have put him good stead to being competitive at an elite level.”
Mr Separovich went on to say: “I’ve watched Patrick develop over the past 6 years both as a young man and a highly skilled basketball player. The School is very proud of his achievements and wishes him continued success with his basketball goals.”