SHINE: Bundaberg's Isaiah Richardson has been picked for the Queensland U20 basketball team for the nationals.
SHINE: Bundaberg's Isaiah Richardson has been picked for the Queensland U20 basketball team for the nationals. Contributed

Isaiah is looking to impress

BASKETBALL: For Isaiah Richardson, there is no place like home in Bargara.

Returning to the region after a high school scholarship on the Gold Coast, the 17-year-old is ready to represent Wide Bay again.

And he won't have to wait long after being selected for Queensland to compete at the U20 nationals this week in Melbourne.

Selected after intense trials, he said the goal was to go one better than their success last year in U18s.

"I made the state team last year when I was in Gold Coast and we won silver,” he said.

"We came so close last year for a team not expected to do well so it would be amazing to win gold this year.”

It will also be a big tournament for the shooting guard.

Currently looking for a college deal in America for next year, this is Richardson's last big tournament before decisions are made.

He said that would not affect his performance.

"When I go to the nationals I will be focusing on the nationals,” he said.

"If I play the best basketball I can play then someone will notice me.

"I want to got to America for college though.”

Richardson said though the move back to Bundaberg has had one downfall.

"A lot of training and playing is on me because there is no (Bundaberg) Bulls,” he admitted.

"I'm doing a lot of individual training and trying to get as much team training as I can.”

Richardson will travel to Bendigo with the rest of his team tomorrow after a training camp this week.

The teenager's first match of the competition will be against Victoria on Sunday.



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