Rosmini College basketball star, William Heather, has college scouts keeping a close eye on him.
Heather’s move to Auckland in 2015, from his hometown of Hawkes Bay, was the first step towards accomplishing his dream of playing Division One basketball in the United States.
When asked about what he desires to do next year, his reply was swift. “I want to go over to America and play Division One, that’s the biggest goal”.
The 17-year old has yet to receive any official scholarship offers, but he’s had schools call to register their interest in him; the University of Portland and the University of North Dakota.
The University of Portland will be sending representatives over to visit later in the year, and William expects other schools will visit too.
Beyond college basketball, the 6-foot-9-inch tall Heather, has his sights set on the NBA. He expressed his desire to “make a living out of basketball” and believes going through the college system in America will give him his best shot.
Last year, William was flown over to the Philippines by their national basketball programme. They offered him a high school, and college scholarship in the hopes of moving him over to eventually play for the Philippines national team. Heather declined the offer and remained focused on his NBA dream.
After an intense offseason training programme, Will managed to lose 16kgs. Rosmini basketball’s head coach, Matt Lacey, spoke very highly of him when asked about his progress over the last couple months. “He [William] has made big strides in the offseason. He’s slimed down, he’s more athletic”.
Rosmini College and the coaching staff are committed to getting Will where he wants to be. “Will has definitely set his sights on the college route. We are trying to help him get to that point where he is recruitable and to get where he wants to go,” said Lacey.
Heather will be going over to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in July with the Under 19 Harbour Basketball team where multiple college basketball scouts will be present. July is primetime recruiting season for college basketball so this will be a great opportunity for him to get his name out there.
William will be gunning for a National Championship with Rosmini this year, as well as trying to gain selection for the New Zealand Breakers Development squad.