Young Kuki lives his hoop dreams

Monday April 30, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
William Heather, holding up a Dallas Baptist University T-shirt, after committing to play basketball for the school. William Heather, holding up a Dallas Baptist University T-shirt, after committing to play basketball for the school.

Cook Islander William Heather has committed to Texas college Dallas Baptist University after being offered a basketball scholarship to play for the school.

 

Dallas Baptist University, known as DBU Patriots, are a Division II university and play in the Heartland Conference, of which they were champions in 2018 and 2016, and beaten finalists in 2017.

Heather, who attended Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore, was also a member of the New Zealand team that finished fourth at the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China, last year. Heather is delighted at the prospect of heading to Dallas later in the year.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play college basketball in the States since I was in intermediate school,” Heather said.

“So many people have helped me achieve this dream. I’m really looking forward to heading to DBU to meet up with the team and the coaching staff.”

Heather is believed to be the first Rosmini College student to gain a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball scholarship.

Rosmini head coach Matt Lacey is delighted that William is able to fulfil his long-held desire to play NCAA college basketball.

“William has worked hard on all aspects of his game since arriving at Rosmini College early in 2015,” Lacey said.

“The chance to play at DBU is an opportunity for William to showcase the skills that he is blessed with. He has great touch and footwork and possesses an inside game that will flourish under head coach Blake Flickner and his staff at DBU.

“Most importantly, William is a good person and teammate that wants to do well and continually strives to get better, attributes that I believe will serve him well with the Patriots.”

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