ONE decision four years ago changed the life of Campbell Duncan.

After playing rugby league and AFL during his junior years, the former Kepnock State High School student chose to play basketball in Year 9.

That decision, and years of determination to reach the top, has been rewarded with Duncan signing a two year college deal with the Central Maine Mustangs in the United States.

Talking first to the NewsMail about the opportunity Duncan said he would join the team in August after playing for the Bundaberg Bulls in the upcoming Queensland Basketball League season.

"It's massive for me. Two years ago no one would have thought I'd get the chance to play college basketball," he said.

"I couldn't have done it without the Bulls and Will Shackleford who has taught me a lot about the game."

Born and bred in the region Duncan will aim to impress in the states over the next two years as he chases a NCAA contract.

"Playing in the states creates plenty of other options around the world to play basketball," he said.

"I've already played against players who compete in the NBL so I have confidence I can do well."

Coach of the Mustangs Dave Gonyea said he was pleased to sign another Australian to the team.

"When I first saw Cam play, I knew he would fit in our system. Confirmation came on a face time call with Cam and his family. Not only can he shoot it, he gets up and down and plays defence," he said.

"We are thrilled he is joining our family."

While excited about the opportunity Duncan remains focused on delivering for the Bulls this year.

He said he remains committed to the team.

"Last year was a year to sort everyone out and give them time," he said.

"This time we aim to have a full team of 10 players who can all play for 20 minutes and deliver when it counts."

Duncan and the Bulls will start the new season of the QBL on April 29.


AGE: 17

HEIGHT: 194cm

WEIGHT: 85kg

HIGH SCHOOL: Kepnock State High

POSITION: Shooting Guard

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