Has the skills: Akeyla Furbert said as a point guard “I’m a really good ball handler so my dribble is low and I’m short. I’m also pretty fast so I can get up and down the court pretty quickly.”
 

Has the skills: Akeyla Furbert said as a point guard “I’m a really good ball handler so my dribble is low and I’m short. I’m also pretty fast so I can get up and down the court pretty quickly.”

 

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The future’s so bright for Akeyla Furbert, she’s gotta wear shades.

The talented 16-year-old Bermuda High School student is an impressing talent who will have sports clamouring for her services.

She already helped Bermuda defend its title at the Jean Pierre Youth Netball Championship in St Kitts last month.

Furbert also has been chosen as part of the women’s football team that will be involved in Olympic qualifiers this summer.

And now, she was one of two students selected at the Bermuda Gas Sky Sports All-star Basketball weekend picked to attend the WNBA training camp of the Phoenix Mercury.

Valerie Young, her basketball coach at BHS, said her “future is really in her hands”.

Furbert’s been playing hoops since she was eight when her mother saw how much she enjoyed watching the sport, she took her up to Bermuda College for a basketball camp.

Furbert said: “She signed me up for that and I enjoyed it. Chris Crumpler taught me everything I know.

“My confidence wasn’t very good when I first started playing, but now it’s gotten a lot better.”

At the time she was already playing netball, football and a bit of hockey.

She’s matured into one of Bermuda’s best young female basketball players.

The starting point guard for BHS has had to develop leadership skills as she helped fellow teammates learn the game.

She said: “I’m a really good ball handler so my dribble is low and I’m short. I’m also pretty fast so I can get up and down the court pretty quickly. My passes are strong, sometimes a little bit too strong so I am working on that.”

She’ll get a chance to improve her game when she travels to Phoenix this weekend along with Calvina Douglas from CedarBridge Academy.

“We’re supposed to go to Phoenix, Arizona and meet the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team to see what it’s like to be in the WNBA, watch videos and talk with them and get a feel of Fusion Athletic Management too.”

There she will get reacquainted with the Phoenix Mercury’s Temeka Johnson, who was at the All-star Weekend.

Furbert said meeting the WNBA star “was great because she’s short (She’s only 5 ft 3 in). Seeing a short person that’s been successful in basketball is inspiring.”

The BHS student said she was “excited” to be picked to go to Phoenix.

“I really didn’t know what to think. I was very thankful. It should be a very good experience and I’m looking forward to it. My momma is really excited for me, she’s probably more excited for it than I am. She’s always behind me in everything I do.”

“I’m a Sparks fan but I like Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.”

Young said she knew Furbert has the talent to take her game to a higher level

“She can read the plays well and she’s able to work with people who are not as skilled as her and bring them along.

“She is our top skill player and she’s playing with people who have never played competitive basketball. She’s able to help them by pointing out where to go and what to do.

“She’s really fast, she can read the game and she has great jumping ability for somebody her height.

“Being able to read the game so well puts her in the position to make a lot of steals.

“She was looking more towards playing football away at college, but now she realizes she may have the opportunity to choose which sport she plays.

“This is a fantastic opportunity even is she doesn’t choose this sport to play. The future is really in her hands.”