Richards jumps at opportunity

Hobatr Chargers forward and Tasmanian native Jacob Richards has been signed as a Tasmania JackJumpers development player for the 2023-24 National Basketball League (NBL) season.

Richards has overcome multiple serious injuries in the past few years by adopting a professional approach to training challenging himself against rostered players and is now on the cusp of representing Tasmania in the NBL.

Richards said it had been a dream of his to represent Tasmania since the since the JackJumpers’ inception, and he has been motivated by role models both on and off the court.

“It was a really special moment when the announcement was made in front of the whole team, and to call my mum after and share the news with her was amazing,” he said.

“I must thank Jarrod Bairstow for being a great role model and inspiring me to get better during my time with the Hobart Chargers.

“When the JackJumpers joined the NBL I knew that I wanted to ‘defend the island’ one day and I’m so excited to step out of the crowd and be part of the action.

“I’ve had a tough couple of years, tearing my meniscus and copping two concussions, but I stuck it out, got my body right and now my efforts are being rewarded.”

JackJumpers co-CEO Jorrick Chivers said it was a testament to Jacob’s character that he has been able to overcome serious injuries during some important years for his development.

“Jacob has brought a positive attitude to training sessions despite the hardships he’s faced during the past few years,” he said.

“It’s great to reward local talent. Jacob has had a tough pathway and we can’t wait to see how his career evolves.

“He has certainly earned his place in the team. It’s great to have another native Tasmanian in the side and there will be an opportunity for him to contribute.”

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