Teenage basketball duo bound for US
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TALENTED Port City Power duo Diana Neves and Chris Lynch are counting down the days until they head off to play basketball in the United States.
Eighteen-year-old Neves is heading to Tusculum College in Tennessee, while Lynch, 17, is packing his bags for a year stint at Pocomoke High School in Maryland. Point guard Neves has added an extra dimension to the Power women's team since returning from Brisbane earlier this season. She is currently averaging 25 points per game, which included a 48-point haul against Hervey Bay last month.
Neves can't wait to head to the US and has been training every day with Power women's coach Danny Page.
'I am looking forward to going, the plan is to stay at the college for four years,' Neves said.
'Things are starting to happen quickly and I have been working hard to be ready for the season starting in November.''
Neves' arrival at Tusculum has been warmly welcomed, with a big story on the college's website announcing her signing last month.
'I can't wait to get over there and experience the basketball culture, it should be great,' she said.
Lynch meanwhile is heading over to play at high school level in the strong Maryland region. He is one of Gladstone's rising young basketball talents and like Neves is excited at the prospect of playing in America.
'It's going to be great, when I was offered the chance to go ? I was happy to take it alright,' Lynch said.
'I know it is going to be a bit of a culture shock early on, but hopefully I will adjust pretty quickly and as a result improve as a basketballer.'