Fast-rising basketball star Jed Robinson has received a call-up to England Under-17s, less than two years after taking up the sport.
The County Upper School basketball academy player faced Scotland on his international debut, but just two years earlier — not long after taking up the sport — failed to make it into the Suffolk Under-15s side.
“Jed is a really hard worker,” said Johnson. “He has really impressed me with his commitment and work ethic this season — his selection into the England team is a true reflection of his commitment and hard work.
“There are many qualities that will help players become successful, but the two most important qualities that brings everything together are effort and a desire to achieve — to me, talent means nothing if talent does not work hard.”
It was after the Suffolk trials that Robinson found coach Darren Johnson at County Upper and he started to develop as a basketball player.
He joined the Bury St Edmunds school’s basketball academy for the 2013/14 season.
It was after joining the academy and playing 15 hours of basketball per week, while also playing in the Under-19 Elite Basketball Academy League that Jed began to really start improving as a basketball player.
County Upper Basketball Academy have been developing basketball players for six years, with 19 players accepting basketball opportunities in the USA and more going on to UK universities.
“If Jed keeps this dedication up, I truly believe he will have a bright future in basketball,” added Johnson. “I am really looking forward to helping Jed reach his potential as a basketball player seeing where he can get to after County Upper Basketball Academy.”