ONLY 10 years ago, Verle Williams Jr was a child dreaming of playing on the same stage as his dad.
This year, the duo will go down as the first father and son pairing to hit the court together in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for the South West Metro Pirates.
Unfortunately it will not be for another six weeks as the 17-year-old is recovering from an ankle injury.
Verle Sr, who had called an end to his senior basketball career, but returned this season to play with his son, said it would be an emotional moment for the family.
“I never ever thought this day would ever happen when I got to play at a professional level with Junior,” he said.
“It’s a privilege to be able to be still playing at this level and with my son. This is very important to me to show Verle Jr that I could be a good role model, and for him, someone to look up to on a basketball court.”
Verle Sr, who has been part of many dominant teams in the QBL during his career, said his 16-year-old son had come a long way.
“To compare Verle Jr to when I was his age, he’s definitely got more skills and shoots a touch better than me, but he hasn’t got the hops like I did,” he said.
“As far as going one on one, I will have to say Verle Jr would win now, it’s time to pass the title over.”
Verle Jr said he had always looked up to his father and looked forward to spending time on the court with him.