Teenager lands dream chance at the big time with US scholarship

Hornets coaches Lee McCarthy and Joe Manley with Luke (centre)
Hornets coaches Lee McCarthy and Joe Manley with Luke (centre)

An Aylesbury basketball player could get a shot at the big time after slamdunking a scholarship in the sport at a high school in California.

Fifteen-year-old Bucks Hornets star Luke Townsend has secured a basketball scholarship in the Sunshine State and says it is an 
‘amazing opportunity’.

Luke has been a member of the Bucks Hornets National League team, who are based in Aylesbury, for four years and says he owes the club a debt of gratitude.

He said: “I owe a lot of thanks to my coaches, Lee McCarthy and Joe Manley for the excellent standard of training at Bucks Hornets and for putting my name forward for this scholarship.

“This is an amazing opportunity, I know I will have to work extremely hard as the competition in the US will be tough but I am prepared for it.”

Luke was introduced to basketball by his eldest brother, Charlie and played first for the Buckingham Bullets and Shenley Scorpions in Milton Keynes.

After joining the Hornets, he was selected to play for the County and the South of England Regional teams in addition to being selected for the England development squad.

This next step takes Luke to Modesto in California where he will be hosted by a family while completing a high school diploma and continuing his basketball training.

The teenager also received help from Prostart personal training and fitness in funding his flight to the US.

If you would like to track Luke’s progress, visit the Bucks Hornets website at www.buckshornets.co.uk where you will also find all the details regarding teams, training times and contact details.