Following on from his success with the Australian County under 16s side that toured New Zealand earlier this year, Jono Limbrick is headed overseas again but this time it's to the United States.
After participating at the AUSA Hoops national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) trials on Sunday, October 13, at Sydney University, Limbrick was selected as one of 50 players that will tour two southern US cities in June and July, 2020.
It's the same program that Orange talent Matt Gray played in back in 2017, which saw him sign to Drake University in Iowa.
It's exciting times for the Year 10 Bathurst High Campus student, who is keen to see where his AUSA Hoops opportunity will take him.
"I'm really excited to be selected considering anyone in the country from Year 9 to 11 could trial and I was one of only 50 selected," he said.
"There were trials at Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and I was the only one in the area selected. I think Newcastle was the closest in terms of regional areas."
Now that Limbrick's contract is signed, his spot on the tour has been secured and he'll play games in Dallas and Oklahoma City, from June 26 to July 15.
He'll continue training at Lithgow with coach Rob Beveridge, who recently coached the National Basketball League's Illawarra Hawks from 2015 to 2019.
I'm really excited to be selected.Bathurst basketball talent Jono Limbrick
"He's very good. He shares his ideas about what it's like to compete at higher levels," he said.
Limbrick will also play with the Lithgow Lazers next year.
"I have a strong connection with Lithgow already so it was a good fit," he said.
"I'll be able to continue playing at a high performance level."
The website states that the junior tour is designed to give younger players a taste of what AAU is like, to help them understand the level they need to be at to play college basketball, and to allow them to experience playing the US game.
In May this year, Limbrick was a part of the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) representative squad that played at the Mel Young Easter Classic in New Zealand.
His side, who was always going to find it tough to play against teams a year older than them, picked up two wins from six games at the North Island city of Tauranga.
Those two wins from six games meant the ACJBC team finished in sixth place out of eight competitors, with their two wins coming courtesy of a 80-72 win over Rotorua and a 70-56 win over Franklin.
Limbrick also won the the prestigious Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) Chairman's Award for Excellence, however, his time with WRAS has come to an end.
AUSA Hoops was founded by Rhys Murphy, an Australian that played Division I basketball in the United States and the program is dedicated to providing more opportunities to Australian basketballers.
For more information on the AUSA Hoops, visit its website online at www.ausahoops.com.