JOSHUA Sinclair is only 17 and will only be a senior in high school by next year.
But expect his stock to rise and turn him into a hot commodity among college recruiters following an impressive showing in the finals of the Seaoil-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National High School Championship on Sunday.
Sinclair posted a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds as he helped Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu win the national high school crown over multi-titled San Beda, 82-78, at the Meralco gym.
The teener from Australia admitted trying out for several different schools upon arriving here in the country, including Ateneo de Manila.
But there was something in Cebu that made him choose to stay there.
“The atmosphere is nice. They are friendly. Coach Rommel (Rasmo) and everyone on the team made me feel at home,” the 6-3 Sinclair told Spin.ph
His decision to go to his mother’s homeland has a lot to do with playing basketball.
“I was in Australia and basketball isn’t big there so I was thinking of trying out here,” said Sinclair, whose mother Agnes traces her roots to Iloilo. “I love the culture here.”
It came as a surprise for him to be adjudged the Most Outstanding Player award as his main goal was to help the Magis Eagles beat the Red Cubs and win the title.
“It was a real surprise because I’m just a junior. My job is to contribute, do my best, and help the team. It’s an honor.”
“It’s really tough,” said Sinclair, on winning against a tough squad from Metro Manila. “NCR teams are the best and they are really good. They are the best of the best. It’s hard playing against that caliber.”
But it may not be long before Sinclair finally shows his wares in the Big City by playing college ball in Manila.
He won’t enter college until 2016 and said he isn’t focused on where to play with still one year left of playing eligibility with the Magis Eagles.
“I see what happens. I’ll do whatever it takes. If I get an offer for college, I’ll be happy,” said Sinclair.