Willetton's Golden Boy
Willetton Tigers player Luke Jackson took home gold for Australia after beating China in the FIBA U16 Asian Championship last weekend.
Jackson finished the match as a game leader – taking the most rebounds during the final.
Jackson says the highlight of the experience was playing alongside fellow WA players.
“It was really fun experience,” Jackson said.
“Playing with two of my WA mates made it a lot better, and getting to know all the other blokes from across the country was the most enjoyable part.”
Jackson says it was a surreal experience to represent Australia.
“It was really humbling and something that I’ve always wanted to do as a kid, and something I won’t take for granted.”
Jackson credits the Tigers for helping him achieve his dreams, and he has a few lessons to take back home to his club.
“As a kid I did all the skills and camps at Willetton, that obviously helped me a lot growing up,” Jackson said.
“I reckon they played a big role in me playing for Australia.”
“Just always keep following your dreams because anything is possible, I never thought I’d be able to play for Australia as a kid but it happened.”
Already having one Australian championship under his belt, Jackson has big dreams for a career in professional basketball.
“I want to continue to play for Australia, or maybe play overseas in a Europe league, college basketball or NBA.”