Three years ago, a little girl scored a whopping 56 points in a sub-junior match for a losing cause but K.S. Poojamol made people sit up and take notice of her awesome talent.
Three years hence, the young girl still continues to create waves on the basketball court. Winning awards have become a habit for this talented girl from Kottayam who represented India in the Asian under-16 championship this year in China where she was the top-scorer for the country. At the recently concluded State senior basketball championship at Manjeri, Poojamol was chosen as the most promising player and won the Parameshawaran Pillai memorial cash award.
Poojamol, who followed the footsteps of her elder sister K.S. Anu a former Kerala player, was fortunate to come under the tutelage of Biju D. Themman quite early. Biju, who has groomed a host of good basketball players from Mount Carmel, played a big role in shaping Poojamol’s career. After picking up the nuances of the game, the little girl made rapid progress and has now become the backbone of the Kerala junior team and for her school Mount Carmel.
On the court, she is a bundle of energy, weaving and dodging defenders and scoring with her trademark jump shot. At Manjeri, Poojamol gave a good account of herself in the semifinal against Palakkad. Pitted against a stronger and experienced rival, Poojamol lifted her game a few notches and was ready for the challenge. What makes Poojamol different from others is her consistency with long rangers and the speed and control with the ball.
Troy Justice, the director of operations of NBA in India, was so impressed with Poojamol when he first saw her during the Mahindra NBA challenge in Thiruvananthapuram last year that he predicated bigger things for her. Poojamol was one of the few fortunate youngsters selected by the BFI to view the world basketball championships in August this year.
Poojamol is living her father K.G. Suresh’s dream. A one-time aspiring sportsman and a small-time businessman in Kottayam, Suresh wanted his children to achieve what he couldn’t.
The father is proud of his younger daughter who is also equally good in studies. The tenth standard student, who idolises Geethu Anna Jose who also happens to be a former student of Mount Carmel, nurtures the ambition of playing for India in the World championships.
And considering the rapid progress, the young girl has made recently it is only a matter of time before she plays for the senior Indian team. But she will have to wait for a while to realise the improbable dream of playing in the Worlds.