Smart move for teen Myles

A PROMISING young basketballer from Newham has been selected for a fast-track development programme. Myles Laurent-Smart, of the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), was selected by England Basketball to take part in their under-15 training scheme. L

A PROMISING young basketballer from Newham has been selected for a fast-track development programme.

Myles Laurent-Smart, of the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), was selected by England Basketball to take part in their under-15 training scheme.

Laurent-Smart, who has trained with NASSA for the last three years, was spotted at the English Schools' Basketball Association Inter Regional tournament where he gave an exceptional performance.

The 5ft 2in point guard was a key member of the NASSA under-13 team that won the RAF National Final Fours Basketball League in 2008.

Armed with speed, agility, determination and vision, the under-14s captain has secured a basketball scholarship with Barking Abbey Basketball Academy.

"When they called out my name I was in shock," beamed the teenager.

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"I was so happy but at the same time I couldn't believe it.

"I have been working really hard to improve my game and was hoping that something would happen.

"When we won the national tournament I thought that was brilliant, but when I then got chosen for the England Development Programme in the same day it was something else.

"It still hasn't sunk in but I can't wait to start."

Kelvin Facey, NASSA head coach, added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Myles.

"I have had the pleasure of coaching Myles for three years and I have seen at first hand the hard work and effort that he puts into his game.

"Through this programme he will have access to the country's top coaches and will have excellent opportunities to improve his knowledge and skill.

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