WA juniors Austin Cummings, Madeleine Dennis and Megan McKay were recently selected in the 2012 Australian Development Camp after their performances in the Under 16 Nationals in Tamworth last month.
All three have been selected with an eye on possible selection in the Australian U17 squad. The trio have been previous members of Basketball WA’s NITP program and been long identified in the high performance pathway.
Willetton junior Austin Cummings was a part of Alan Black’s Metropolitan side and his selection was just reward for a consistent tournament performance.
Cummings will enter the camp along with some of the best guards in the country and the experience will no doubt leave him in a great situation for future development as well as pushing for national junior selection.
Madeleine Dennis, a Stirling junior who plays as a tall perimeter small forward, was involved in her second Under 16 nationals and this year made her debut with the Stirling Senators SBL squad. The experience and maturity learned over the last twelve months was evident as well as her significantly improved on-court performance.
Also a talented volleyball player, she has also been selected in the Australian junior volleyball high performance ranks’, highlighting her athletic ability goes beyond just the one sport.
Impressively, Country player Megan McKay will make another trip to the Australian Development Camp despite missing the tournament after suffering a broken arm days out before departure. The young 15 year old plays her basketball with the Perry Lakes hawks and has been on the radar of national junior selectors for the last two years and her selection despite missing the tournament is testament to their high rating of her ability and potential.
Also gaining National recognition is Samantha Roscoe of the Stirling Senators. The Waves Academy member and State Under 18 Metropolitan representative travelled to Sydney to represent WA in the inaugural 3 on 3 National Championships last month. Despite the State team not quite getting the results they wished for, Roscoe’s performances were enough for her to be named as a reserve for the Under 18 National 3 on 3 team. The team is set to contest the first ever FIBA 3 on 3 World Championships in Spain later in the year.
The selection also caps off a tremendous year for the 6’3 youngster, who also had a tremendous SBL season for the Stirling Senators as a sixteen year old starting centre.
Roscoe, Dennis and McKay are current members of the West Coast Waves Academy and have been training with the senior squad during the WNBL preseason.
Basketball WA congratulates all four junior athletes and wishes them the best of luck in preparation.