ALEX FAIR THE ADVOCATE A dream come true is the way Tre Armstrong has described his selection for the Australian Emus for the Under 18 Asian Championships in Bangkok next month.
“This is a huge step for me hopefully towards bigger things and something that I have really dreamt about as a kid,’’ the 18-year-old, who plays for Wynyard and North-West Thunder, said on Thursday.
“From under 14 onwards I have been at national championships, and you can compare yourself to the players that have been there from year-to-year, and I just think I have got better and better to the point that I have reached the top group of kids for my age.
“I think all that has come down to having a clear vision of what I want to achieve and training hard to ensure I could achieve it.”
Armstrong won his selection in the 12-man squad after being part of the pre-tournament camp at BA Centre of Excellence in Canberra earlier this week.
“For me personally, I don’t really know what to expect, as it is a first for me representing my country, so I am just going to go in with an open mind and embrace everything that comes with it,’’ he said.
“This will be a really good taste of a different sort of basketball, and playing for your country is going to add a whole other element in regards to my nervousness and my excitement.
“I will play the shooting guard and small forward spot and obviously my role is going to be quite different in that team than what it is at Wynyard for example as for the national team I will come in off the bench and spread the floor because of my three-point shooting.
“I’ve sort of proved to the coaches and my other teammates that I am a hungry defender and I defended quite well at the camp. I am just going to look to play smartly, play hard ‘d’ (defence) and make shots when I am open and do all the little things that come with playing for Australia.”
Armstrong thanked both the support of his family and Basketball Tasmania for helping him get to this point.
The tournament will be used as qualification for the 2019 FIBA Under 19 World Championship and will be held from August 5-11.