Peter Byrne, a 14 year old basketball player for Ardscoil Rath Iomghain and Kestrels basketball club has been selected for the Irish U/15 basketball development squad. Peter is a second year student here in Rathangan secondary school. A dual sport player who plays Gaelic football as well as basketball, Peter is 5ft 10” and plays as a power forward (position) in basketball.
Peter describes his experience with the Irish U/15 squad as difficult but exciting and says the most challenging part of the U/15 development training programme was the game situation where he plays against some very skilled players from his own squad as part of 5 Vs. 5 training games. He describes the standard of the players he plays against as very high, with every one of the players he faces and trains with are up amongst the best in the country in the U/15 age category.
Peter has said his aim for the Irish Basketball Development Squad is to be selected for the final panel of twelve players and compete in the European U/15 Championships.
According to Peter the most difficult player to face from his Irish squad is Cian Heaphy because of his speed, his great shooting ability and his ball handling skills. Peter sees Jason Dempsey as a rising star on the basketball scene here at Rathangan secondary school. Finally, Peter’s basketball role model is Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers because of his great strength and ability to beat any defender. He also admires James because of his defensive skills