Singapore has a building block for the future in Lavin Raj
Paul Lintag on May 16, 2017 06:07 PM
16-year-old Lavin Raj, the youngest player in the 2017 SEABA Championships, looks like he can be a legitimate anchor for Singapore basketball for the next decade or so.
Manila, Philippines --- Is Lavin Raj Singapore's lucky charm?
The 16-year-old center didn't play in Singapore's first three games of the 2017 SEABA Championships and the Lion City lost all three.
Against Myanmar Tuesday, Raj finally saw action and the youngest player of this regional showcase actually led all scorers with 19 points, leading Singapore to its first victory for a 1-3 mark.
Buried to the bench since Friday, Raj was just happy to see some court time. He made the most out of it.
"It feels good," he said. "I've been training hard for this. At first I was disappointed that I didn't play, but now, after playing, I feel more confident."
The son of a Singaporean father and a Malaysian mother, Raj has been playing basketball for nine years now.
And making it to Singapore's senior team certainly means that the Lion City has at least one big building block for the future in Raj, who stands at 6'7".
"I started playing basketball when I was seven years old. I train every single day, that's why I can now come and join this men's team," he said.
"I've been trying to adapt," Raj added of the play at SEABA. "Definitely a lot better because the older guys are much quicker, much stronger, and jump higher."
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