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Juliet King’s raw materials — size and strength — turned her into a bonafide basketball player in a hurry with extra training and guidance.
King, 15, a Grade 10 student at Duncan Christian School, is a quick study and it shows in her play.
“I remember my first basketball clinic here,’’ she said. “I showed up in a V-neck and spandex.
"I couldn’t dribble or shoot. But it was really good because no one really pressured you or made fun of you. They just helped you.’’
And King took the direction of coaches like DCS’ Michelle Nederlof and Brett Westcott of Camosun to heart.
“At first I wasn’t going to play basketball,’’ King said. “I was going to stick with volleyball because that’s what came first in the season.’’
But she was sold on basketball after being called up from the junior girls to the seniors last year for provincials and then honed her skills at the Fab 50 camp with Westcott and played on his club team for the summer.
“It’s like she put a whole year in before she came back to us,’’ said Nederlof.
“She just loves the game. You can see she wants to learn. She tries to do what she’s been asked which is huge.’’