The 23-year-old basketball player, Kevin Moses Eliazer Poetiray has been representing Indonesia in many 3-on-3 basketball games overseas, and he’s currently pursuing his career to the top.
Often called by Moses by his close friends, he admit that he wasn’t initially interested in basket. Standing tall at 186cm, Moses worked to be on 3-on-3. Starting his career at only 14 years old, Moses is now playing for the 3-on-3 national team for Bogor Siliwangi as the shooting forward.
First of all, at the age of 23, you already achieved so many things as a basketball player, but how did you actually start journey?
“I began playing basketball on my third year in junior high school. I got rejected from the soccer team, and so I was thinking about trying basketball— mostly because my cousin, who’s a pro basketball player, had an influence on me. Tried my luck and turned out I got a scholarship from my high school to play basketball.”
You’ve often been sent overseas to represent Indonesia, right?
“I feel extremely proud to represent Indonesia in the international games, it’s a dream for every basketball player out there to be part of the national team. I feel very grateful for that, and being participated in the international games is priceless as I got to meet, made new friends from many countries, and learned a lot about each other’s technique and so many more.”
Other than being in 3×3, you’re also part of the LA Street Ball, how did you join the community?
“So actually, I got accepted into the LA Street Ball because I met my first professional coach through the community—Ali Budimansyah. He often came and saw the games I was playing between divisions and universities, and he finally decided to cast me for the LA Street Ball. Once I got accepted, it sorta launched my career, I got sent to Manila, got scouted to play the 3×3 in France, and participated in IBL.”
Nice, seeing as Indonesia Basketball League is the highest basketball league in the country, how do you feel to be able to play in such a game?
“To be honest, I’ve always wanted to follow my cousin’s path in basketball, he was scouted by a professional team right after he graduated from high school, just like most of my friends did, but it was a different case for me. I kept practicing basketball though until finally got scouted by the previous LA Street Ball coach.”
If you’re not in duty, how do you usually spend your day off?
“Usually, I take a month off for a family vacation, I try to not do anything related to basketball and have a quality time with my family. Since all of my family members are in Bali, I tend to visit them during my day offs to fill in the times that we missed out.”
As someone who needs to be extra fit, how do you maintain your stamina?
“Well you can say that I’m kind of a gym rat because I go to gym 5 times a week. I used to be very thin during high school—to the point where I only weighed for about 50kg, considering my height that was really thin. Since I regularly go to the gym, I can balance my weights and my body. I feel like exercising at the gym helps me so much as an athlete, because a basketball player needs to be in control of their power and speed.”
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