A SHOOTING star is setting his sights on the basketball courts of America after deciding to go all out for his chosen sport.
Ross Wilson is taking a year out after finishing his A-levels at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields to perfect his technique before heading off across the Atlantic.
The 18-year-old only started playing basketball six years ago because he was unable to get a place at a football camp.
And for the last two years, he has honed his skills at the North East Sports Academy based at Tyne Metropolitan College in Wallsend while studying for his exams at its sister college.
“I am taking a year out of education just to concentrate on my basketball, which I haven’t been able to do since I started playing, and I’m going to apply to American universities and try to get over there to do a degree,” said 6ft 6in Ross.
“Playing in the National Basketball Association would be like a dream come true, but I just want to play over there so I can further my education in sporting and academic terms and see where that takes me.
“Whatever happens I want to be a professional basketball player and make a living out of a game that I love.”
Ross managed to gain A-grades in maths and PE, as well as a B in biology, despite his sporting commitments.
He said: “From now, I will be really focusing on my basketball, playing for Northumbria University and also hopefully making the bench for the Newcastle Eagles.
“It will be the first year that I have just devoted my energies to basketball because in the past I have always had to get the right balance between sport and my studies.”