SCORING POINTS, hitting teammates with the perfect pass and being an all-round contributor are just some of the characteristics of a top point guard in basketball. It would be safe to say that the NWU basketball chairperson and captain, Itumeleng Radiokana, fits these qualities and the sport of basketball like a glove.
Since Grade 5, basketball has been a perfect fit for Radiokana, who has been in love with the game filled with lay-ups, dribbles and crossovers.
The NWU captain and starting-point guard has guided his team to two league titles in the last three years and was named in the all-star team every year.
“My best memory with the NWU was when the team won the league and I was named an all-star for the first time in my career at university level. My goal is to push basketball to a high-performance sport at the NWU. If the sport had more support from the school, I believe nothing would stop it from making a major contribution towards the image of SA Basketball like Wits and UJ,” he stated.
Growing up, Radiokana and his father shared a love for the game, which has created legends like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen in the NBA.
“I was a kid with many athletic talents; I like to believe I still am. In Grade 5, my father pushed me to try basketball. He would en-courage me to watch the sport and, from there, I started developing a deep love for the game,” remembers Radiokana, who went to King Edward VII School for Boys.
According to him, there is a lot of potential for basketball’s growth on campus.
He says the amount of interest has grown exponentially each year.
“It has grown to the point that the women have two teams and the men three – from one team each previously,” he elucidates.
Besides basketball, Radiokana also takes time out to strategise academically.
He is currently doing his second qualification, 2nd year in Sports Coaching and Human Movement Sciences.
Radiokana also has big dreams of making it in the top leagues in the world, to follow in the footsteps of his role models, Lebron James and the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“The best thing about basketball is the amount of creativity it takes to play. Being able to express who you are when you are on the court is nothing short of amazing. I wouldn’t mind playing in SA, but I plan to go overseas and see what I can do where basketball is not a Cinderella sport, but the main bread-and-butter.”
(Source: The Herald Potchefstroom)