Canberran Bowyn Beatty is a step closer to realising his dream of earning himself a Boomers jersey, after being selected to join the NBA Global Academy program.
Beatty was one of two new scholarship holders - alongside Queenslander Luca Yates - selected to join the program at the Australian Institute of Sport for the next 12 months.
Head coach and program director, Marty Clarke, said he was excited to watch the two athletes further their development over the next 12 months.
"[They join] as full time scholarship holders after a strong showing at the Australian under 18 championships where Bowyn helped guide the ACT to a bronze medal," Clarke said.
"Bowyn's unique passing skills out of the post will be enhanced as he adds strength to his frame and will benefit greatly from going against older, bigger bodies on a daily basis.
"We are looking forward to watching both Luca and Bowyn grow and mature as players and leaders in the group, we see bright futures for them."
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In partnership with Basketball Australia, the academy serves as a direct pathway for top talent outside the United States to develop and prepare for a potential career in the NBA under AIS coaches and international academy coaches.
Previous success stories of the academy include Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles and fellow Canberran Patty Mills.
Knowing the scholarship is only offered to 12 athletes per year, Bowyn said he was ready to make an impact.
"I'm really excited to be a part of the NBA Academy program, and having the opportunity to train daily against the best in the country and internationally," he said.
"I look forward to beginning this journey, seeing where basketball can take me and making the most of the wonderful facilities and coaching staff."