Breaker Jack Salt off to US college - reports
Schoolboy Tall Black and Breakers development player Jack Salt has reportedly committed to the University of Virginia for the 2014-15 American college hoops season.
Several US websites are reporting that Salt, in his final year at Westlake Boys High on Auckland's North Shore, will be part of Virginia's recruiting class for the 2014 intake.
The 2.08m 17-year-old has had an outstanding year, making his debut for the Tall Blacks in their recent campaign and being named as a development player for the Breakers upcoming Australian NBL campaign.
Now he has linked with highly regarded Virginia coach Tony Bennett in what is considered one of the premier college programmes in the US.
Bennett, of course, is no stranger to the New Zealand game, having played several seasons as in import point guard for North Harbour in the Kiwi NBL.
No doubt Bennett's Kiwi connections have pointed out the potential of this rising young star of the New Zealand game.
The Breakers had been keen to sign Salt to a full-time role at the club, but the youngster admitted the lure of playing college hoops in the US was too much to resist.
"It was a really tough decision, as the Breakers have done so much for me, and [academy coach] Judd Flavell has helped me out so much. It took me a long time but I decided it would be best for me to go to college," said Salt before his Tall Blacks debut in July.
Salt also has plenty to aim for. The last Kiwi big man to head to a college programme was Steven Adams at Pittsburgh, and we all know where he is now - the No 12 overall pick in the last NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.