Spotlight on Holy Trinity’s Josh Otor – growing in the ABL

Josh Otor has played in the Academy Basketball League since its launch in 2015, and has gone from being one of the youngest at Holy Trinity Storm to now the eldest within the roster.

The guard started playing basketball when he was in year eight, but it was the following year at the age of 13 when he started to kick on.

“The HTS academy has gone from strength to strength,” Otor said.

“Each year it has improved either by adding more individuals, court time, coaches in the form of Daniel Hildreth and Barney Blake and strength and conditioning provision.

“The new rebrand to HTS Storm has helped bring the programme more inline with the club and the social media content has done so also. We believe that we have one of the best programmes nationally, now it’s time to prove it on the court.”

In the current season, HTS Storm are undefeated going 4-0 and sit second in the ABL Southern Conference, defeating the likes of Sir Robert Woodard Academy Basketball, Barton Peveril College Basketball and The Norwood School Sixth Form.

A normal week at HTS consists of a two hour extra-curricular team training session, one hour individual positional session, one hour ball handling and shooting session, one hour strength and conditioning session plus more.

“My time in the ABL has been very enjoyable and interesting,” Otor added.

“It has changed a lot from when I first played to now as the standard has increased as well. There has been more teams joining the competition and many schools have also improved their programmes and this has made the game more challenging and exciting.

“The playoffs have also been improved and the games are much closer now than they were.

“I feel that over the course of my career that I have gotten more confident as a player and my skill level is worlds apart now from when I was in year 10. I have also become more effective in games due to my prior experiences in the competition and feel that I am in a place to pass that on to my teammates and help them improve.

“Our team goal for the season is to be one of the last two teams left in the final and then to win the competition.We believe we have the players to do so and are confident we will get where we want to be.

“My personal goals this year are to make an all-conference team and to hopefully play my way into a Deng camp selection in the summer.”

Otor has hopes to play in America after his time at HTS Storm.

“My short term plan is to be enrolled into a university in America next year playing college basketball,” he added.

“In the long term I would want to play at the highest level I possibly can while at the same time continuing on my education.”