By Anita Maglicic
Highs of all highs: Standing at 189centimetres tall, Prairiewood basketballer Greg Chaplin will compete in the National
under18s championships this week. This is the fourth year he will compete but the first as an under18s player.
Picture: Helen Nezdropa
PRAIRIEWOOD basketballer Greg Chaplin has a dream - to be head hunted by a scout for an American university basketball team.
Any division1 college team will do, as long as he gets to play his game at the top level.
That dream may very well happen this week for the Westfields Sports High School student.
Greg, 17, was selected as a member of the under18s NSW Metro Basketball team.
The team will travel to Tasmania on Friday to compete at the national under18s boys basketball championships.
In the past few days he and the team have prepared for the competition at a special camp in Penrith and will compete against different states and New Zealand.
Chaplin said American college scouts will be head-hunting at the tournament and he is determined to show his skills.
''I can't wait,'' he said. ''Last time the NSW won it was in 1970. I'd like to have a good championship and win the medal.''
He started playing basketball nine years ago and has been part of Westfields Sports High's basketball program since year7.
He also plays for The Hills Basketball Association and has a sports scholarship with the National Intensive Training Centre through the Australian Institute of Sport.
''When I was younger I was always the tallest. Now there are a lot more players taller than me. It's made me change my playing style.''
Wednesday 4th July 2007