Billy Simpson (#20) and Tyler Auelua (black hoodie) started attending the NZBA camps in 2013. Both of them have just come back from from the Koru Tour of Australia, where they played for the New Zealand U14 Development programme.
Hey guys, how was your tour experience over in Australia?
Billy: It was awesome! All the coaches were really helpful, and some of them were really funny too.
Tyler: It was so hot.....but really fun as well.
How has attending the NZBA camps helped you to achieve your goals?
Billy: I know that without the coaching that has been provided by the NZBA coaches I would not have made the Wellington rep team and the Koru team as well - the coaches help you take your game to the next level.
Tyler: The main thing about the camps is all the skills and drills that you learn that can help you improve your game.
What do you like most about the NZBA camp experience?
Tyler: I like how all the drills are so detailed and you are always learning something new and the coaches are so helpful.
Billy: I like how we get to meet players from all around NZ that travel to come and train at camp, and compete against them.
Are you guys inspired by the success that Steven Adams has had in the NBA?
Tyler: Yeah, definitely! If you work hard and keep playing, anything can happen.
Billy: I think its awesome that everyone knows that Steve came from this programme, so its definitely inspiring. It makes us think that we can do it as well.
For more information about how the NZBA can help you reach your goals, check out these programmes:
- Morning Training Squad http://www.nzbasketballacademy.com/trials-morning-training-squad/
- NZBA High Performance Camps http://www.nzbasketballacademy.com/final-las-vegas-trials/