Driven to Succeed – Hard working Chantel earning accolades at the 2015 U18 AJC.
Chantel-Anais Horvat (Class of 2017) recently wrapped up a strong showing at the U18 Australian Junior Championships in Ballarat, Victoria, earning LivOn Basketball’s Co-MVP honors with Anneli Maley. The 6’0″ guard caught up with LivOn Basketball during the Championships, and shared some interesting tidbits regarding her current game, her future playing career, and how she fell in love with the game of basketball.
Horvat was outstanding throughout the AJC tournament and is certainly a rising star among the junior women ranks in Australian basketball. Horvat had what was arguably the most impressive game of the tournament against SA Metro, when she shot an incredible 14 for 15, including 3 for 3 from the 3 pt line. Final stats for that game were 34 pts, 14 rbs. Horvat also dropped 22 points in Victoria Country’s Bronze medal win over Queensland South (84-69).
According to Horvat, her love for basketball began at an early age. “When I was a little kid I used to play a lot of different sports. I played tennis, basketball, swimming, soccer, everything. As I grew older it was between tennis and basketball and I just loved the team environment of basketball. It was sort of around the age of 12 or 13 when I really started to think about my future in basketball and really tried to improve my game by getting selected for state teams. That’s when I thought this could be the sport for me.”
Overall, the depth and quality of talent playing women’s basketball in Australia has been superb for many years now, and Horvat is quick to recognize some fellow Aussie women as players who she looks up to, among others, “Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor are awesome.” Horvat continued, “Penny Taylor plays a similar position to me and is an all-around player. I would love to shape my game around hers.” She adds, “in the WNBA I really like to watch Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi.”
As it stands, Horvat has a few attributes on the court that she feels make her stand out. ““I think one of my strengths is that I’m very driven to attack the rim., so getting lots of transition points is something I enjoy too. Rebounding and getting on the boards as well.” Of course, there are always things to work on, “my shooting can be improved, my ball handling skills as well,” Horvat added.
A few days after the U18 AJC, Horvat earned yet another accolade, being named on the U19 Gems Squad for the upcoming May Camp in preparation for the FIBA World Championships in June. Only time will tell whether Horvat makes the team, however all signs are that her star will continue to shine.
With a promising future ahead, Horvat has a few different goals in mind, “in the future, I’m trying to keep the college option open, and I also want to play in Australia. I would love to play in Europe too, that’s a big dream of mine. I would love to play in the Euroleague.” Horvat’s solid showing at the U18 Championships has helped to ensure she is on the right track to reach those goals as well as reinforcing her position as one of the rising stars in Australian junior women’s basketball.