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Melbourne Basketballer to Compete in First Ever NBA Junior Championships


In Dec 2017 the American National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top under 14 boys and girls teams from around the world.

Sixteen under 14 championships teams will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the inaugural event 7-12 August 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

Among those competing in the Junior NBA world championship is Melbourne basketballer Anton Stratov (holding the trophy in the picture above). Anton, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be competing with his Eltham Wildcat teammates who won the Under 14 National Championship tournament late in 2017.

Anton plays shooting guard on the Wildcats team and led the entire tournament in three-point shots made. He also top scored in the grand final game where his Eltham Wildcats beat the Sydney Comets to win the Australian National title and in so doing, secure their place in the upcoming Junior NBA World Championships.

Anton loves playing basketball and hopes one day to play in the NBA. When asked about the sport, Anton replied, “Basketball has taught me discipline and teamwork. It takes a team effort to win a title." 

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