Following hot on the heels of teammate Luke Townsend, Bucks Hornets basketballer Connor Stuart has been given the chance of a lifetime with a scholarship in the USA.
Standing 6ft 8in tall, there is no doubting Stuart (pictured) has the physical attributes needed for a career in the professional game.
And the Aylesbury player is hoping to follow his dreams starting out at Ludowici, Georgia, where he will play for Faith Baptist – a Christian academy team.
The 19 year old, who started at Aylesbury-based Hornets when he was 15, is in good hands as Baptist pride themselves on preparing players for NCAA College Basketball.
Like many elite athletes Connor attributes the success that has seen him selected for England U18s and shortlisted for the GB U20 squad, to hard work and lots of help from his coaches.
Like teammate Townsend before him, Stuart thanked Lee McCarthy and Joe Manley for their help.
“The amount of effort and stress my coaches had to go through to allow me to play is something I’ll cherish,” he said.
“I’m not sure many others would have done the same; they had me at every training session, morning, afternoon and evening even when others weren’t there.
“They did that so that I could head off to another country to pursue my dream. I’m proud to say that I’m here because of Lee, Joe and the Bucks Hornets members.”
Coach McCarthy believes his protege can go far.
“Connor has the size and skill set to go a long way with his basketball and being in the USA is a great move for him as he continues with his education whilst developing his game,” he said.
Bucks Hornets run eight teams from U12 to mens most of which play in the National League.