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Teen ace CJ weighing up offers for US college move


David Kelly

By David Kelly

Teenage basketball sensation CJ Fulton could be on his way to a top American college, according to dad and Belfast Star coach Adrian.

The 17-year-old, in his final year at St Malachy's College, has been to the fore in Belfast Star's effort to challenge for the All-Ireland Superleague while also dealing with exams and the option of spending his university years Stateside.

Dad Adrian admits it would be a great opportunity for CJ, and his team-mates have no doubt he would be a big hit at the highest level in the States.

"Yes, he has got a few offers to weigh up and it would be a great opportunity but he hasn't decided what his next move will be," said Adrian, ahead of Star's home Superleague clash against DCU Saints.

"It's up to him to see what he feels he wants to do. It's a nice position to be in... at the moment he just has to focus on three big games coming up for the club.

"He had been doing very well for us this season until he got hit with a bad cold and that has made life a bit more difficult but he is determined to keep playing a big role for us."

Star were left reeling by their painful exit in the quarter-finals of the National Cup last weekend at the hands of Eanna when they simply underperformed.

Fulton knows his men need to bounce back right away in order to keep their spot in the title mix as the top of the Superleague is a very crowded place this season.

"This is a game when we have to show our character and go and get the win against DCU," added Adrian.

"The Cup defeat was tough to take and in our first training session we just played some basketball to get it out of our system. Since then we have focused on the game with DCU, which we know will be a tough match.

"It's also important that we get the best out of Delaney Blaylock and Ben Marello and keep our rhythm on the court."

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