Former Nelson Mandela Bay basketball player Reece Prinsloo will have the chance to represent his country at the AfroBasket and All Africa Games preliminaries to be held in Harare later this month.
Prinsloo, 23, will make his debut for the national team at the event, which takes place from February 15 to 29, and aims to make a big impression.
From a provisional group of 20 members, the squad was whittled down to 12 after a series of training camps.
Prinsloo was overjoyed with his inclusion in the final squad.
“I received an e-mail from the association’s president to inform me that I had been selected,” Prinsloo said. “It was one of the best feelings ever.”
Prinsloo, who moved to Johannesburg four years ago, has been playing basketball since 2006 and says he chose the sport is because of the game’s pace and the constant action.
His love for the game began when he attended Grey High, where he was coached by Stuart Potgieter.
“He instilled good basketball values and teamwork into my game,” Prinsloo said.
He first represented EP in 2007 at U18 level and then took part in an interprovincial competition in 2011 for the EP men’s team.
With a first national cap looming, Prinsloo said he was proud of his achievements.
“It is a huge honour and privilege to [play] in the green and gold,” he said.
In Johannesburg, he plays for Soweto Panthers in the Basketball National League.
This will be his third year in the league. He started at Mbombela Wildcats before making the move to Panthers.
“My main inspiration is the Lord Jesus Christ. I also find inspiration from my parents, as well as players like [Nigerian-born US professional] Hakeem Olajuwon,” he said.
Prinsloo teaches at Christ Church Prep School and College, where he is head of boys’ physical education.