It’s hard to know what’s growing faster; Lachlan Maynard or his basketball talent.
At just 13 years of age the Trevallyn prodigy is already a Basketball Tasmania high-performance scholar and regularly plays above his age division.
He’s also 184cm tall with growing still to come.
“I’m hoping to be around six-foot three, just so I can play like a dominant point guard and still have athleticism,” Maynard said.
“My mum and dad aren’t very tall but my uncle is pretty tall - that’s where I got it from.”
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Described by Northern development officer Darren Best as having great athleticism and decision-making, Maynard discovered his passion for the game at an early age.
The Riverside High School student was inspired to take up the sport by his two older sisters and eventually joined City of Launceston, where he plays in under-16, under-18 and men’s division 2 rosters.
In two weeks’ time he will fly to the Sunshine Coast to compete in his third consecutive national championships, this time for the state under-16s, where he will be the youngest player on the team.
“I’m a first year and they’re all second years in the team so I was pretty lucky to make it.
“(I’m just hoping to) compete well at nationals, have a good time make some mates.”
After nationals Maynard will continue to work his way up the state’s basketball system, which he hopes will act as a springboard for his ultimate goal.
“I’d like to play in the NBA or represent Australia.
“I can shoot the ball pretty well but I’m also a good athlete in getting on the ring.
“Mark Radford’s had a big impact on me and Darren Best, they’re my two main coaches and then Nic Martin’s my state coach and he’s a had a pretty big impact.”