Lol to most of the comments above here. Only a couple of you seem to have your head screwed on.
I think it's been hit on the head, discussing the limitations and cost involved with representing the state. If the pathway was clear and was the only option to higher ground, I'm sure all these boys would do it. However, they see their friends make it without - some have not even played at a rep level. Louisville, LSU, Washington State and a variety of junior colleges are schools to name a few.
It has been mentioned that Ben Simmons has now gone to the USA to increase his prospects and development rather than stay here in the Victorian system.
Unfortunately these Waverley boys aforementioned who were 'advised' against playing for the state, did not make the team. Instead the team at Waverley of Sedale and Eric are doing their best to further their careers, aiding their recruitment to college. Sedales program placed everybody last year into the USA system. Several college coaches have also attended Waverley trainings to view these kids.
It has also been suggested Deng Adel should be playing SCM. He did that last year, and in the quarters he played, he also performed admirably. But what more can you ask of the 16 year old, than to be toweling up the best U23 competition in the state. And yes, I do believe his age to be around this as like previously mentioned he did recently have a large growth spurt. When I showed a mother this thread, she cringed. "As a mum, he cant be older than my son" "having dealt with teenage boys he cant be somebody in the wrong age group".
Why cant people admire talent and commitment these kids have? They travel from all over from Victoria to obviously play for Waverley in a successful system that suits them.
Surely it makes sense to take athletic bodies that fit the build of basketballers and actually get them playing and teach them basic motion principles. That should be the job of the coach and appears what they are doing at Waverley.
For fact: Deng Adel started playing basketball 3-4 years ago, and was put in the Keilor 5ths.
I find it admirable those who hide behind a computer screen to insult others. At the end of the day - The players all look out for each other, their parents support one another, and they stick by a club which supports them. If other systems were superior, surely these players would all leave.