Werribee basketballer hoping for title rebound
JOSHUA Oswald has achieved plenty in his short, but blossoming, career.
The 18-year-old is a member of the Australian Emus men's under-19 squad, claimed the Rising Star award after a stunning season for Werribee's Big V Division 1 team last year and has secured a scholarship overseas.
He has also been selected for in the under-20 Victorian team to contest this year's Australian Junior Championships in Tasmania, which started on Monday.
Before departing, Oswald said the Victorian team was looking strong.
"Obviously we're trying to win a gold medal, because we didn't win in under-18s and we're looking to redeem ourselves and beat New South Wales this time," he said.
The Werribee resident describes himself as "versatile", but he plays mainly as a forward.
"I can play inside and outside. If I need to, I can go inside to the post or I can go outside and shoot the three as well. I can play multiple positions," he said.
Werribee finished on top of the Division 1 ladder at the end of the home-and-away season, but was eliminated in the first week of the finals.
Oswald averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds during the campaign.
"We had a good season. We lost four or five games for the whole year and then didn't play too well in the finals and lost first round," Oswald said.
"But we competed hard and played well as a team."
Oswald has also gained a four-year scholarship with Miami University, underlining the fact he has a bright future.
"I'm not sure when I'm leaving yet. It depends on my Australian commitments and things like that," he said.
Oswald is hoping to represent the green and gold at the under-19 World Championships in the Czech Republic in July.
An 18-man squad will be cut to 12 before the tournament.
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