Sport

Wicks keen to go from zeroes to heroes

Point guard Hayden Wicks looks to evade the defence playing for the Mackay Meteors in the Queensland Basketball League.
Point guard Hayden Wicks looks to evade the defence playing for the Mackay Meteors in the Queensland Basketball League. Peter Holt

YOUNG Mackay Meteors player Hayden Wicks is looking for the Queensland U20 side to go from zeroes to heroes in the national titles next month.

The point guard will be playing for his sixth successive state age team at the titles from February 13.

He has memories of last year at Canberra when the team finished last.

"We've got to make a statement this year," Wicks said emphatically.

"Everyone is going all right so there's no reason why we can't win every game and, hopefully, the championship for Queensland."

Wicks, 18, was named most valuable player for the U20 Meteors, who played in the Tropical Youth League in December, and he re-signed this week for the senior team's 2013 QBL season.

He has played in Queensland teams at U16, U18 and U20 levels, not missing selection for the past six years.

He said his already extensive experience in Queensland representative teams was a good preparation for his next goal of making the step up to the NBL.

"I reckon I've been improving each year I've been in the nationals," he said.

"This will be my fourth year with the Meteors, and I played in junior Meteors teams before that.

"Hopefully, this year I can go to the next level with an NBL club. This is the year I think I'm capable of it."

Coach Joel Khalu said the Meteors would look at an increased role for Wicks in the QBL program this year.

"Hayden has worked hard over the 12 months and there has been a definite improvement in his game," Khalu said.

"He'll be playing against the top juniors at the national championships in Tasmania so it will be a good opportunity to see where he stacks up in Australia's elite."

Wicks will attend a training camp in Brisbane this weekend. He heads to the national championships on Wednesday, February 13.

Topics:  meteors


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

McAleese closes Biloela depot, shuttle run

McAleese Biloela manager Mick Watson outside the soon to be closed Biloela depot.

Embattled transport company closes regional offices.

Biloela man pleads guilty after Kariboe St lie-down

The man pleaded guilty to charges of committing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

Man pleads guilty to public nuisance, obstructing a police officer.

$1200 fine for Thangool man caught with marijuana plants

A generic photo of marijuana plants.

A Biloela woman also pleaded guilty to possession of an ice pipe.

Local Partners

Callide Dam gates pass safety test

SunWater says "everything went to plan" and the release was around 30 megalitres as expected.

Aviators ready for Thangool Fly-In

The Thangool Fly-In will feature displays and flights across the long weekend.

Three-day event expected to attract up to 80 planes.

McAleese closes Biloela depot, shuttle run

McAleese Biloela manager Mick Watson outside the soon to be closed Biloela depot.

Embattled transport company closes regional offices.

Biloela man pleads guilty after Kariboe St lie-down

The man pleaded guilty to charges of committing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

Man pleads guilty to public nuisance, obstructing a police officer.

$1200 fine for Thangool man caught with marijuana plants

A generic photo of marijuana plants.

A Biloela woman also pleaded guilty to possession of an ice pipe.

SunWater to test Callide Dam gates

Callide Dam, May 2015 Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph

Callide Dam will release 30 megalitres of water on Wednesday.

Cattle judging draws crowds at Moura Coal & Country Festival

Grand Champion Bull, Kenrol Jesseppi 2736 (left), exhibited by Kenrol Brahman Stud.

Kenrol Brahman Stud won Most Successful Exhibitor.

Magpie swooping season underway

Adam Burling is getting used to being swooped on his morning ride.

September is the breeding birds' peak swooping month.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.