- National Teams
The rosters for the 2015 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Under-19 game have been revealed, featuring some of the best 1996 and 1997 born players in the country.
The game, which will be played on Saturday May 23rd at Brixton Recreation Centre, will be headlined by the likes of Jules Dang Akodo, who will be returning from Germany, Bristol Flyers/Bradley commit Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye who’s been making noise in the BBL this season, and Josh Steel (Duquesne commit) and Akwasi Yeboah (Stony Brook commit), who led Kent Crusaders to the NBL Senior Men’s Division 1 title this year.
Joining them from the Kent Crusaders’ “Comeback Kids” will be 7’1″ centre Nathan Smith and 6’11” Karolis Kundrotas, who has recently signed with Elon, in the front court, and 5’11” England U18 point guard Calvin Nevill-Kintu.
Lautier-Ogunleye will have Bristol teammate Deane Williams also featuring in the game, and recent EABL National Champions Myerscough College will have three representatives, in England U18 point guard Alex Roberts, and big men Earl Russell, who has signed with Gillette College for next season, and EABL Finals MVP Emmanuel Kabengele.
EABL regular season MVP, Sam Newman from Ipswich who has recently signed Cal State University, will also be there providing firepower on the perimeter, while EABL Final Four participants Preston will have England U18 Kyle Carey and big man Cameron King representing.
Manchester Magic’s Joe Swindells, a former England U16 and believed to be one of the most decorated junior players in English basketball history, will take to the floor, along with teammate Hamad Ali, this year’s U18 National Cup MVP.
Under-18 National League MVP Ola Ayodele from National Champions London Greenhouse Pioneers, and third placed Peckham Pride’s Shaquille Walters will provide length on the wing.
Lightning quick Myles Laurent-Smart, who has just graduated from West Oaks Academy, will have returned from the US to play, while former Reading Rocket Liam Carpenter, who has recently signed with Crailsheim Merlins after his first year in Germany with Team Basketball München Nord, will also also be back in the country for the game.
Former England U18 Sedale Hanson-Young will be representing Team Birmingham, while Westminster Warrior and England U18 Denzel Ubiaro will round out the Under-19s.
The coaching staff and team breakdown will be announced in the next week, as well as the rosters for the Under-17 game.
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