Montverde Academy has continued to add Australian talent to its roster, with 6’2 point guard Cameron Healy joining the school next season.
Healy, out of Sydney, Australia, will play for Montverde’s Prep Team this upcoming season, following in the footsteps of fellow Australian, Kouat Noi. Noi was a member of the Prep Team last season and is expected to progress to the High School Team, something that Healy is also striving for.
It would mean a lot to me to be able to play in the top team, and that’s my biggest goal heading into the program.
Healy – who will graduate in 2017 – was a member of the silver medal winning NSW Metro team at the 2013 U16 Australian Junior Championships, providing solid minutes as the back-up point guard. After moving to Indianapolis earlier this year to play on the AAU circuit, he was able to pick up a scholarship offer from the reigning National Champions, and the offer was too good to turn down.
Montverde Academy had all of the criteria I was searching for: A strong academic base was a must, and they had a great coaching staff that I thought would push me everyday to improve. Also being located in Orlando, Florida is a huge advantage.
Montverde, of course, was home to Australia’s Ben Simmons, the #1 ranked player for the class of 2015. Simmons had an incredible career as a part of the program, winning the National Championship in all three of his years at the school whilst collecting a number of individual accolades in his senior year.
Cameron is the younger brother of Santa Clara guard, Kai Healy, and hopes to have the same success when it comes to progressing to college basketball.
My goal since I was about 7 was to play Division 1 college basketball, and I look up to my older brother as a benchmark. I just want to come in and work harder than anyone else and really transform myself as a player. Improving is my main focus, and hopefully some benefits will come as a result of that.
Healy joins the likes of Jonah Bolden, Ben Simmons and Isaac Humphries as Australians who have chosen to attend high school in the US as opposed to using the traditional Australian pathway. He told us why he sees this move as advantageous, both for development and exposure.
My family and I learnt through my older brother, Kai, that you can’t get the same exposure to coaches if you’re in Australia. The chance to play against better talent on a regular basis, coupled with being able to showcase improvements in front of coaches makes the USA very unique.