Barnet and Southgate College BTec student Marcel Thomas Lee secured a basketball scholarship at an American university.

The 19-year-old level three sports and basketball learner sent two video clips — one of him training and one of him playing a game — along with his academic results to Hardin Simmons University, in Texas, to secure the placement.

He is flying over to the US in July for a four-day training session and will be starting the four-year degree course in sports fitness in September.

Hara Markos, sports lecturer at the college, said: “Marcel trains for three hours every day and is equally committed to his studies, playing basketball has kept him motivated to attend college and he has scored 100 per cent attendance over his three years here.

“Marcel is polite, loyal and respectful to his teachers and peers, he’s a great role model and thoroughly deserves his scholarship.”

Cap: Sports and basketball student Marcel Thomas Lee