FOR Tamworth Thunderbolts star Scott Mcgann, the dream of playing professional basketball has been lifelong.
So far it has taken him through two years of junior-college basketball in the United States and across NSW while representing the Thunderbolts.
Now Mcgann is taking the pursuit of his dream to the next level by signing on with a division two NCAA college in the United States.
"At the end of last season I had a few different colleges show an interest and offer me a scholarship," Mcgann told the Leader.
"I spent a fair while weighing up my options and decided that Salem University in West Virginia would be the best fit for me.
"I'm really looking forward to getting over there, getting stuck into it and doing my part for the team."
Mcgann said the excitement of taking the court for a new team was on his mind, but it was not his immediate goal.
"I take off for America on Tuesday, so it gives me enough time to play in the finals for the Thunderbolts this weekend," he said.
"It would be really special to wrap up this great season by winning the club's first-ever championship."
The Thunderbolts remain two games away from a maiden title, their first task being a semi-final against the Hills Hornets on Saturday before a potential grand-final playoff on Sunday.
"We are a really tight group and have worked super hard this year," Mcgann said.
"This is my third season in first grade and the club has really helped me take my game to the next level.
"To have guys like Skilts [Chris Skilton], Burkey [David Burke], Quay [Quayshun Hawkins] and our coach John Ireland helping me along has been fantastic.
"Hopefully we can finish the season on a high note."
Mcgann said he was hopeful his time at Salem would be a positive step towards his ultimate goal of playing professional basketball.
"For me, my long-term goal is to play professional basketball," he said.
"Whether it's in Australia, America or somewhere else in the world, my goal is to play professionally and I will keep working hard to make it happen.
"I can't wait to get over to Salem and see what the future holds for me."