FORMER Horsham basketballer Danny Kennedy is living his dream, honing his craft at the Australian College of Basketball.
Kennedy, 18, is four months into a two-year diploma of sport at the Melbourne-based college while training under four-time Olympian and former Australian Boomers head coach Phil Smyth.
High performance managers Lanard Copeland and Steve Breheny are assisting Smyth run the program, which is in its first year and was developed to provide pathways for promising basketballers.
Andrew Gaze and Luc Longley are expected to take training sessions in the second half of the year as well.
Back in Horsham on a break, Kennedy said he was relishing training full time.
“It’s going really well so far. I love it,” he said. “I am learning from coaches who have played at the highest level before and it’s good to be coached by someone who has played your position at the highest level.
“I have done a lot of work on my shooting and am training with players who are of a really high skill level everyday.”
Kennedy is living close to the Melbourne central business district and has settled into city life.
“I got used to it pretty quickly. I get up, go to training, come home, eat dinner and sleep,” he said.
“I live with a few boys I go to college with. It’s a good lifestyle.”
Kennedy, a 180-centimetre guard, played for Horsham Hornets in 2011.
He is now playing practice and exhibition games with his 15 Australian College of Basketball team-mates.
“I was orginally going to play for a club in Melbourne but we are training so heavily, two times a day, five days a week,” he said.
“At the end of the year we go and play in the Phillipines so it’s preparation for that.”
Kennedy has watched the Hornets play in Melbourne and at home this season.
He expects his former club to perform well in the Big V division two finals.
“It’s different watching. It’s hard not being out there,” he said.
Kennedy returns to the college on July 2.
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