Clark in under-17 squad

TASMANIAN basketball talent Kyle Clark remains on course to play in the upcoming under-17 world championships after being named in a national squad to tour China later this month.

The Wynyard 17-year-old was the only Tasmanian in the 12-player squad which will embark on a six-game tour, competing in a round-robin tournament against China, Slovenia and the US.

The selection adds to Clark's impressive credentials.

Aged just 15 but already nearly two-metres tall, he was the only Tasmanian selected for the 2012 under-17 Oceania championships in Melbourne and a year ago, alongside other nationally- identified players Tanner Krebs, Kai Woodfall and Callum Barker, was in the Tasmanian team which won the state's first ever medal at a national junior championships.

During a visit to the Tasmanian Institute of Sport in October 2012, Ian Stacker, head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport men's basketball program, said the likes of Clark and Krebs were comparable to anyone else their age around Australia.

"When we had an Australian development camp, Kyle would have been in the top three for sure. You can see he really thinks about his game, is very competitive and has the right body," Stacker said.

Clark joins six players from Basketball Australia's national centre of excellence, plus three Victorians and two from New South Wales for the tour which begins next Wednesday.

Last week, head coach Mark Watkins brought his squad together for the first time since last year's Oceania championship win over New Zealand for a four- day training camp in Canberra.

The tour starts in Chongqing City in central China, with three games in three days, tipping off on Friday, May 16, before three more games in Meizhou on the south- eastern coast.

The under-17 world championships take place in the United Arab Emirates from August 8-16, the first time a FIBA tournament has been staged in the Middle East.

Australian under 17s: Abiola Akintola (VICM/ CoE), Kyle Clark (TAS), Sean Cranney (NSWC), Harrison Froling (QLDN/CoE), Deng Gak (NSWM/CoE), Isaac Humphries (NSWM/CoE), Trent McMullan (VICC), Kouat Noi (NSWC), Matthew Owies (VICM), Dejan Vasiljevic (VICM/ CoE), Jackson White (VICC), Thomas Wilson (VICM/CoE).


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