JARRYD MCGUANE THE ADVOCATE North West Tall Timbers Thunder and Wynyard guard Tre Armstrong is one step away from representing Australia after being selected for the Emus selection camp ahead of the FIBA Under 18 Asian Championships.
The developing sharpshooter said he felt pretty confident he had done well enough in the initial camp to earn his position in the reduced selection squad.
“After the first camp I got some really good feedback from the coaches, so I assumed I would be selected in the next squad,” Armstrong said.
“This squad I have been invited to is the selection camp, so from this squad of 15 they will pick 12 players to go to the Asian championships.”
Armstrong believed his chances of making the final 12-man squad were quite good if he can show off his skills, which have been tested against men at SEABL and NWBU level.
“There are quite a few at my position that are very capable, but I think the difference with me is that I have played more senior competition compared to some of the other guys. I am confident I will put myself in the best position to make the team, but there are a lot of factors to consider in selection.”
The Asian Championships take place in Thailand from August 5-11 and Armstrong said if he made the team he may miss a SEABL final, while possibly missing a NWBU final for the selection camp.
“It could affect SEABL finals possibly, but that won’t affect NWBU, but when I go to camp I could miss our first semi-final in NWBU.
“So I am hoping we can keep winning, so we can finish top two.”