STEPPING UP: Alvin Kahondo shapes to shoot at training.
STEPPING UP: Alvin Kahondo shapes to shoot at training. NICK KOSSATCH

Alvin aims high in basketball after overcoming asthma

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Alvin Kahondo is warming to the task to represent Gladstone's under-14 basketball team that is headed to Emerald later this month.

The New Zealand-born Alvin speaks well beyond his tender age and is as articulate as they come and overcame some adversity with asthma.

However, moving to Gladstone's warmer weather cleared any issues and the youngster is now excelling in the game.

"When my brother Archford played, then I started playing," Alvin said.

He scored 63 points in a game once for All Stars in the under-12 competition and this ability is something teams from Emerald and Rockhampton and the like have to be wary of at the Central Districts Carnival from November 21.

"As far as playing positions, it depends on what is happening and I do prefer point guard because I'm good at setting up plays," Alvin said.

His mum Mutsa religiously watches her son train and play games and she said it was a struggle early before they settled in Gladstone via Zimbabwe and then New Zealand.

"Alvin had asthma so we moved to a warmer climate from New Zealand and he's enjoying playing basketball which he has played since 2012," Mutsa added.


ALVIN KAHONDO

Age: 11

Club: All Stars

Hero: Stephen Curry

NBA club support: Golden State Warriors

Favourite NBL club: Townsville Crocs

Most points in a game: 63