Ingles shifts focus to Beijing

Ingles shifts focus to Beijing

Ingles shifts focus to Beijing In chasing one dream, Joe Ingles has had to put another on hold, writes Grantley Bernard for The Herald Sun. While weighing up his draft prospects, which were probably second round at best, Ingles realised

Ingles shifts focus to Beijing

In chasing one dream, Joe Ingles has had to put another on hold, writes Grantley Bernard for The Herald Sun.

While weighing up his draft prospects, which were probably second round at best, Ingles realised he could not make commitments to the Boomers' Olympic preparation and an NBA off-season if he was picked in next month's draft.

"There was some realistic chance to have a crack (at being drafted), but now I'll stay for the Boomers and be 100 per cent focused on that," Ingles said yesterday.

"I want to make that team more than anything and I'll be going pretty hard at that.

"I nominated (for the draft) while I was over there, but right now I'm going to pull out and do the Boomers stuff.

"It's been a longer goal than the NBA and I'll play this (NBL) season with the Dragons and then do the same thing again next year.

"Playing at the Olympics has been a dream for years now, so I couldn't really go past it."

Even though Ingles has put the NBA on hold until his final year of draft eligibility, the tough training regimen he undertook in Chicago has set him up for Boomers camps and games on the road to Olympic selection.

Training and playing against fellow NBA aspirants and lifting weights for up to six hours a day, Ingles has noticed improvements in his game and his body, adding a couple of kilograms to his frame.

"Originally I went over to have a look and see what happens and it ended up going well and I improved a lot in a short time. I'll go back next season and do the same thing," Ingles said.

"It was five or six hours a day, so the body is pretty tired. I had maybe five or six days off the whole time and went pretty hard, but all round I think l've put everything up a notch, so it's been a really positive experience."

Home from a month of NBA-style workouts in Chicago, the South Dragons swingman has decided to defer entering the NBA draft until next year so he can pursue his childhood dream of playing for Australia at the Olympics.