Switch from rugby to basketball pays off for tall teen

Trevor Corrigan, 17, recently secured state selection as part of the Capricornia team that came runners-up at the 2014 Open State Championships.
Trevor Corrigan, 17, recently secured state selection as part of the Capricornia team that came runners-up at the 2014 Open State Championships. Brenda Strong

STANDING six-foot-five and only 17 years old, Gladstone State High School's Trevor Corrigan has certainly picked the right sport, leaving rugby league to focus on his basketball career.

Already a Queensland emerging representative player, Corrigan recently helped the Capricornia side to a runners-up finish at the 2014 Queensland Secondary Schools Basketball Open State Championships.

Playing since he was nine when his family moved from NSW to Queensland, the tall centre remains humble with his goals, despite the recent success.

"I probably don't have the size to make it into the NBA but it'd be good maybe to play if I could for the Boomers or in the NBL even, that'd probably be my goal," he said.

After winning the competition last season, the decision to ditch footy and focus on his basketball was an easy one for Corrigan.

"I played footy last year and two years before that," he said.

"I gave up after winning the comp last year. I didn't want to risk more shoulder injuries."

Now playing in Rockhampton in a bid to further his development, Corrigan is taking proactive steps to achieve his dreams, with the opportunity to train with state league-level players too good to resist.

"I train with the Rockets (Rockhampton QBL side) and it's a good opportunity to learn from all the experienced guys up there," he said.

Corrigan paid tribute to his family, particularly his Mum who took him to and from Rockhampton regularly.

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