Jayden Hodgson to attend Basketball Australia's National Centre of Excellence

The Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) has added another male athlete to their program - with Central Coast's Jayden Hodgson joining the acclaimed training institution.

Jayden Hodgson | Courtesy FIBA, via Basketball Australia

Jayden Hodgson, the 6'1 point guard out of the Central Coast, recently received a scholarship to the CoE, having already begun his stint in Canberra earlier this week. He is expected to remain a part of the program until the end of 2015.

With the departure of Gerard Martin (Grand Canyon University) and Xavier Cooks (Winthrop University), and the eventual departure of Isaac Humphries, the CoE coaches have been holding trials over the past few months to fill those vacancies. Led by Head Coach Adam Caporn, the CoE squad consists of the core of the Australian U17 squad, as well as potential key Australian U19 squad members.

Hodgson was a member of the Australian U17 squad, averaging 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg & 1.3 apg in just under 10 minutes of action. He was the first point guard off the bench for the squad, contributing to the silver medal winning campaign for the 'Goannas'.

Hodgson at the U18's Australian Junior Championships in April | Credit: Kangaroo Photos/Basketball Australia

Hodgson was also a key member of the NSW Country squad that won a silver medal at the U18 Australian Junior Championships in Canberra earlier this year – averaging 14.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.7 apg on 43% FG.

As one of the country's top guards for the college class of 2016, Hodgson has received interest from Kansas State, Harvard, Boise State and Saint Mary's, among others.

Hodgson was recently selected as a reserve for the Australian U19 Emu's training camp and is also listed on The Pick and Roll's Aussie High School Men's Prospects list.