Developing future talent a priority for Force camp

IPSWICH Force head coach Andrew Summerville is delighted to see so many local products involved with the city's state league program.

He said that should create plenty of pride for such a big weekend of basketball.

Summerville urged Ipswich fans to get behind their young players and the team's American stars in tomorrow night's QBL quarter-final.

"I know Bundie are definitely bringing one busload down and they're trying to bring a second bus," Summerville said.

"We want a pro-Force crowd.

"Everything is good. We're all excited."

As for promising prospects like Kane and Anthony Bishop, Brendan King and Reid Norrey, Summerville said it was essential they were included in Force's team success.

"It's important to keep the future in mind as well," Summerville said.

"It takes a long time to develop QBL players from juniors to seniors.

"I believe it takes a good two-five years. It's a big step up."

Summerville (pictured) said a lot of people don't realise how tough it is for kids to go from being the best players at under-16 or under-18 level to competing strongly in the QBL.

He said strength, body size and and skill were key factors, along with the mental side - "the understanding of the game".

However, Force are actively encouraging such players.

"To get these guys in young and give them a bit of a feel for what it takes at the next level is only going to be good for their long-term prospects but also the future of the club," Summerville said.

The men's quarter-final tips off at 8pm at Ipswich stadium after the Ipswich Force women play Northside at 5pm.

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