Scott McGann's thirst for basketball was summed up in a simple action.
After arriving back from the US on Wednesday, the first thing McGann did was head down to the Sports Dome to shoot some hoops.
The 20-year old is set to make his first appearance for the Tamworth Thunderbolts this season against Port Macquarie on Saturday night. And in great news for the side, as they strive for their maiden State League title, he is locked in for the season.
It is his third campaign with the Thunderbolts, and this year he's not the only McGann, with younger brother Matt also part of the squad.
The two-year age difference between them (Matt is 18) meant the brothers were often in different teams through their junior years. They did have one season together when Scott was top age for the under-18s, with Matt playing up.
Both are excited about the prospect of taking the court together for the Thunderbolts.
"We've got that chemistry from training together," Matt said.
Scott reflected on the many hours they spent practicing at home.
"There were a lot of late nights in our front driveway - some windows were smashed," he said.
The forward said it was a good season with Lake Land, although as a side they probably didn't achieve what they wanted to. They only managed 11 wins, compared to 17 in his first season.
"Individually I feel like I got better," he said.
When he returns to the states he will be linking up with a new team after receiving a scholarship to Salem University, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school.
"It will be great, another step up in competition level and I'll be playing with and against better players in my own team and the other teams," McGann said.
He said he probably fielded interest - of varying degrees - from about 17 schools.
"It was a good experience. I've never been through the recruiting process before," he said.
Matt is about to head off on his own US adventure, one that he hopes will lead to the same opportunity as his brother.
He leaves on June 16 for a month-long tour with an academy team.
"We play in a bunch of Amateur Athletic Union tournaments," he said.
He was invited to tour with the squad after being spotted at the CHS carnival two years ago, and is hoping if he plays well over there he might pick up a scholarship to a school. A lot of the college coaches watch the tournaments, scouting for talent.
As one of the rookies in the Thunderbolts squad, Matt hasn't had a lot of court time but is learning a lot especially from resident import Quayshun Hawkins, who has taken him under his wing.
"We play the same position," the guard said.
"He's been working me hard to prepare for the US."
He said making the Thunderbolts roster was a "huge goal" and he worked hard over the summer to try and get himself in the best shape to push for a spot.
Tip-off is at 6pm on Saturday night.