Basketball: Sheffield’s Devon Van Oostrum has big future says Spanish star Emeterio

Great Britain's Devon van Oostrum (25) reaches for a loose ball against Lithuania's Sarunas Jasikevicius (13) during a FIBA exhibition basketball game at Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday, June 23 2012. AP Photo/Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle
Great Britain's Devon van Oostrum (25) reaches for a loose ball against Lithuania's Sarunas Jasikevicius (13) during a FIBA exhibition basketball game at Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday, June 23 2012. AP Photo/Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle
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SHEFFIELD basketball talent Devon Van Oostrum has received praise from one of his club team-mates who is playing at the Olympic Games.

Van Oostrum, a former Silverdale school student and Junior Sharks player, narrowly missed out on making Great Britain’s squad for London.

However, he excelled in the recent under 20s European Championship in Bulgaria as he made the all-tournament team and his highly rated by his club side in Spain Caja Laboral.

And his ability hasn’t gone unnoticed by Spain forward Fernando San Emeterio who says the 19-year-old has a bright future in the sport.

The 28-year-old from Santander said: “He’s young but he’s really good and he can score too. He’s ambitious and has time to grow too, day by day.

“I think he is going to be a really good player. I think he is working really good. He is practising with us and at the end of last season he was on the roster for the play-offs.

“I think of course he can be on our team.”

Spain, who beat Australia 82-70 today at the Basketball Arena are in the same group as Great Britain.

Emeterio said it will be a testing match against former Sharks coach Chris Finch’s team when they meet on Thursday.

Spain beat GB in Barcelona 78-74 on June 9 but Emeterio expects is to be an even greater challenge.

“This is different, now in London it will be a tough game for us, they’re playing at home.

“It will be a difficult game for us, we have to be ready to fight for this game.”