THIRTEEN-year-old Eisley Swaine is hoping to follow in the footsteps of father Jason, after making the England Under 14 Basketball squad.
The Bradley youngster, who attends Rastrick High, is in his second year at Leeds Tigers, where he is leading scorer in the Under 15s. He also plays for Yorkshire Under 17s.
He came to the attention of Leeds Carnegie’s head coach Rob Saipe, who is also an EB Level 3 coach and an accredited coach tutor for England Basketball. Swaine played in a tournament at Lilleshall during Iast summer, and was subsequently invited to the regional development centre at Leeds Carnegie.
That led to further recognition, and he has now been called into the 20-man England squad for further training in London next month.
Although it is only the first step on the pathway to international recognition, Eisley is already 5ft 7in and will be looking to emulate dad Jason, who played 25 times for England and is now the head coach at Stockport Spartans.
Now considered almost a veteran, Swaine most recently played for Huddersfield Heat in EBL3 last season, when he averaged 26 points per game, the best in the division.