- National Teams
For the first time, Midnight Madness will have two teams competing in the Quai 54 World Streetball Championship this weekend in Paris, France.
Following on from the formation of an official partnership between the two organisations, Midnight Madness fielded a Midnight Madness ‘Futures’ team in the qualifying round on Friday (pictured above), as they went 3-0, to join the Midnight Madness All Stars in the main competition happening at the Place de La Concord on Saturday and Sunday 13 & 14 June.
Hosted by Jordan Brand and Nike Basketball, this year’s 12th edition of the tournament, will see teams competing from over 10 different countries, including Belgium, China, Croatia, Guinea, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and USA, as well as both British teams, in front of a packed out crowd for a two day celebration of basketball culture which is unlike anything else seen on the continent.
What will likely be one of the best dunk contests seen in the world this year will take place on Sunday night, as Dunk Elite’s Rafal Lipinski, Justin Darlington, Jordan Kilganon, Dmitry Krivenko and France’s own Loic Moitry will face off.
Meanwhile, Michael Jordan himself is rumoured to be in attendance to oversee some of the action.
The Midnight Madness squads are stacked with talent, with a number of GB Senior and junior national team level players.
The Midnight Madness All Stars feature Germayne Forbes, Ashley Hamilton, Orlan Jackman, Will Neighbour, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Ovie Soko, who have all been involved or named to the GB Senior Men’s squad at some point in their careers, meanwhile Londoner Ed Lucas, who is an Angolan Senior National team player, will make his debut in Paris, while Mike Ocherobia, who played professionally in France this season, will round out the squad.
The Midnight Madness Futures Team, a blend of youth and experience, jumps into the fray after being led by Sam Toluwase through the qualifying rounds on Friday. Featuring two players named to the GB U20 squad, in Jules Dang Akodo and Jordan Williams, the team made a good account for themselves – defeating Akatsuki 33-16, Team Hold Up 28-15 and rounded off the day with a 37-19 victory over Alfort Ville.
With professionals Allie Fullah, Will Ohuaregbe and Lamar Roberts providing size inside, and guards Bode Adeluola, Joel Henry and AJ Roberts on the perimeter, the team will look to make noise in the tournament on Saturday after storming through their pool in the qualification round.