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Harvey’s Jaxon Comito set to represent AUSA at AAU National Basketball Tournament in the United States

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey's Jaxon Comito, 16, will travel to the United States later this year to play two basketball competitions.
Camera IconHarvey's Jaxon Comito, 16, will travel to the United States later this year to play two basketball competitions. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

A rising Harvey basketball star is set to follow his dreams of playing in the United States, which could land him a college basketball spot.

Sixteen-year-old Jaxon Comito is set to play for the AUSA Hoops in two major American cities during the coming Northern Hemisphere summer, as the local product continues to make his mark on the game.

He was selected to play for the side after successfully completing tryouts in Perth in November.

Comito was pleased to have received the call-up.

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“I was quite surprised, but I had faith in myself,” he said.

The tour provides an opportunity for the all-Australian player contingent to prove their skills on the court to more than 200 coaches and scouts from a number of US basketball college teams and associations.

If they prove their worth, the players could earn themselves a position to play in a competition linked to the National Collegiate Athletic Association or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which operate the main college basketball leagues in the United States.

Asked whether there was a particular area of the States where he would like to play college basketball, Comito was more focused on pursuing his dream.

“I am happy to go wherever,” he said.

Comito will fly out of Australia in late June, heading to Dallas, Texas, for a five-day training camp and two-day tournament, before repeating the process the following week in Chicago, Illinois.

He will be joined by around 60 other male and female players, with six teams in total set to be making the trip.

The Comito family is fundraising to help pay for the trip, with Freo Cranes, the Waroona Amateur Basketball Association and Harvey Basketball Association having already chipped in to help cover some of the cost.

It is set to be a busy year for Comito, who will also balance playing for Mandurah Magic, umpiring three matches a week in the WABA and an Aussie Prospects Invitational Tournament in Melbourne later this month — while finishing his final year of schooling at the WA College of Agriculture, Harvey.

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