BASKETBALL - Solihull Sixth Form College student chases professional dream in Los Angeles - The Solihull Observer
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16th Aug, 2022

BASKETBALL - Solihull Sixth Form College student chases professional dream in Los Angeles

SOLIHULL Sixth Form College student Faaris Mughal has earned an exciting opportunity to play basketball in Los Angeles in the United States.

Mughal is captain of the Basketball Academy at Solihull Sixth Form College where he studies BTEC Business and hopes a move to Los Angeles to play for Prep School next season will be a stepping stone on his way to becoming a professional basketball player.

He combines his studies with playing for the Basketball Academy which is run in association with the City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club.

And Mughal has enjoyed a stellar season as the team’s leading scorer and star player and has ambitions to make it as a professional player in the future.

Mughal said: “I have been playing basketball since the age of six, but I started playing competitive basketball at age 12.

“My ambition is to become a professional basketball player, but I wasn’t sure how to go about pursuing that dream.

“I got some help from the coach of one of the teams we played this year at St Helen’s, who sent my highlights tape off to some of his contacts.

“Thankfully that paid off and I’m super excited to be going to LA.”

City of Birmingham Rockets Coach Peter Mintoft added: “As captain of the College team, Faaris has led the team with distinction.

“He has developed into a very capable player, being able to light any court up with his highly effective three-point shot.

“With his high level of personal performance, he has done a great job of inspiring his teammates to a greater level of effectiveness.

“His dedication is exceptional and if he maintains his application to the task he will fulfil his dream of reaching the professional levels of the sport.”

Mughal will be playing basketball in Los Angeles from September this year until the season ends in April 2023.

He hopes that his performances will earn him an NCAA scholarship in 2023 and from there college basketball could lead to a professional contract.

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