Young Appin basketballer selected for NSW talent program

On the up and up: Appin's Aleksandar Vranjkovic has been selected for the under-13s Basketball NSW Talented Athletes Program. Picture: Simon Bennett
On the up and up: Appin's Aleksandar Vranjkovic has been selected for the under-13s Basketball NSW Talented Athletes Program. Picture: Simon Bennett

He's only young, but Aleksandar Vranjkovic is already making giant leaps.

The basketball made 11-year-old has just been selected from a field of 630 athletes to join the under-13s Basketball NSW Talented Athletes Program (TAP).

The Appin resident plays for the Camden Wildfire locally, the youngest member of their under-14 division one team.

Aleks said he was proud of his achievements so far in the sport.

"It felt good [to be selected as a rep player] because it felt like I accomplished something that I worked hard for," he said.

"Being selected for TAP means I can learn from the best in Basketball NSW."

Aleks loves basketball more than anything, and trains in the sport six days a week.

At almost six feet tall already, he's ideally suited to the sport.

Aleks' dad Milan Vranjkovic was also a basketball player, and played professionally in Europe. He helps his son train most days.

Aleks said the thing he loved most about playing basketball was that he was constantly evolving.

"[You're] always learning something new, and you can never stop learning," he said.

"In my local team I am an all-rounder, which means I go from guard to forward. In the rep team I play forward.

"My fundamental skills are good enough to play any position."

Aleks' favourite basketball team is the Denver Nuggets, and his favourite player is Serbian Nuggets star, and three-time NBA Al-Star, Nikola Jokic "because he can play any position".

His mum Snezana said she and her husband were proud to support Aleks' basketball dreams.

She is thrilled to watch his continued success.

"We're definitely proud because a lot of hard work went into this thus far to get where he is."

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