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BASKETBALL: Best of British

PUBLISHED: 12:34 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 06 July 2010

HE may only have started playing basketball four years ago, but a talented Carlton Colville teenager is continuing to rise through the ranks in dramatic fashion.

HE may only have started playing basketball four years ago, but a talented Carlton Colville teenager is continuing to rise through the ranks in dramatic fashion.

Slam-dunking his way to more success, 16-year-old Joel Keeble has progressed through the regional and national ranks to finally make the full England under 16 squad this year.

And now, as the youngster aims to line-up for his national side and be a major player in the England team at the FIBA Europe U16 European Championships later this year in Estonia, he received some more good news this week.

“Joel has been selected as part of a team of 12 boys from the England, Scotland and Wales squad's to attend a Great Britain U16 training camp,” his proud father Jerry said.

The training camp will be held in forthcoming weeks, with 6ft 5in attacker Joel - who captains the Ipswich Tomcats U16 side and also plays for Beccles Bombers' men's team locally - hoping to impress in front of the GB coaches, who will also be overseeing the U18 and U20 teams during the same training camp.

Having been earmarked as one to watch nationally, Joel's Beccles Bombers club coach Matt Wakefield said: “Having coached many players over the last ten years, I have never met or coached a player who has the work rate and willingness to learn, as Joel possesses.”

Ultimately, the Sir John Leman High School pupil, who is one of 11 sports ambassadors in the Lowestoft & Beccles Schools' Sport Partnership, would like to “gain a scholarship in the USA” so he could not only continue his studies , but also “play the sport” he loves.


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