Willetton Trio take home gold
Willetton Tigers player Travis Fee led the WA Metro Men’s to victory in the recent Australian National Junior Championships.
The WA U18s Metro Men’s took home gold in the Australian Championship for the first time since 2000 last weekend.
Three Willetton Tigers players were selected to play in the gold medallist team – including Travis Fee, Luke Jackson and Connor Mincherton.
Travis Fee says it was a great experience to play alongside his good friends from Willetton.
“It was great playing with Luke and Connor because they’re good friends of mine,” Fee said.
“I’ve played with them for a long time, maybe five or six years at Willetton, both from WABL and domestic.”
Luke and Connor finished with impressive stats in the final against Queensland South – Connor scoring 21 points and Luke scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Fee was not only given the opportunity to play alongside his good friends during the competition, he was also able to lead them as captain.
“It was a great feeling to be captain and to lead my other teammates as best I could to help them and myself get the gold medal over there.” Fee said.
“I felt everyone in the team listened and did a great job to help get that success.”
Winning the championship was no easy feat for the boys, but Fee says he enjoyed rising to the challenge of a tougher competition.
“It was a great experience because we got to play alongside some of the best players in the state.” Fee said.
“We also got to play against better competition … it was a much higher level of basketball than you’re used to in just the WABL or domestic competitions here in WA.”
Fee also credits Willetton for giving him the opportunity to grow into the player that he is today.
“Willetton is quite a known club and gives you lots of opportunities to be taught by good coaches and play in good teams.” Fee said.
“I felt that constantly playing against other players from a young age which were good helped me to become a better player and learn a lot of things which helped me over there.”
Looking to the future, Fee hopes to continue his journey into professional basketball.
“Hopefully one day I’d like to play NBL or go overseas to either college basketball or Europe to play.”