Nelson basketballer Tysxun Aiolupotea has been invited to rub shoulders with one of the biggest names in the game.
The Nayland College student is one of 25 promising young players from around the country selected to attend the Steven Adams High School Invitational Camp in Christchurch next week.
The 17-year-old says it’s a dream come true.
“To be able to meet Steven Adams and learn as much as I can off him, it’s an awesome opportunity.”
The camp will see players learn, both on and off the court, what it takes to play at the highest level.
Tysxun says he will relish the chance to train with the top tier talent.
“It will be good to be around the top players in New Zealand and see how they operate.”
The young guard says his selection is reward for his commitment on the court.
“I’ve just been working hard, and the opportunities have come over time.”
The camp concludes with two nationally televised games on Sky Sport, just before the NBL semis and finals on July 20 and 21. He hopes the exposure will help progress his career to the next level.
Tysxun says his time with the Giants has been an invaluable experience.
“There are heaps of leaders in the group so it’s been good to learn off them and soak up everything they have to offer.”
Though he’s had limited time this season, Tysxun hopes to return to the franchise next year.
“Hopefully I will be back and get some more minutes on the court.”
He says, despite a disappointing campaign, the Giants will be a better unit next season.
“We have got some younger guys coming through, we just have to keep grinding and hopefully our time will come.”
The Mike Pero Nelson Giants finished its home season with an 97-89 loss to the Southern Huskies on Saturday night.