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The rosters for the 2016 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Under-17 game have been revealed, featuring some of the best 1999 and 2000 born players in the country.
The game will be full of England junior internationals; eight of the twelve players that suited up for the England Under-16s at the Division A European Championships last summer will be taking to the floor in Brixton, with another 7 still in the current England Under-18 squad, five from the England Under-17 team, along with four current England Under-16s (click here to buy your tickets now!).
Manchester Magic’s Under-16 championship winning side will feature three players, with England Under-18 Kaiyem Cleary, this year’s Playoff Final and Cup MVP Michael Anumba (plus the youngest player to suit up in Men’s NBL Division 1 this season), and talented scorer Alex Roberts all earning selection.
England Under-18, Zion Tordoff, who was a key part of Myerscough’s EABL runner up team, will return for the second straight year, along with England U18 teammates Micah Savery-Richards – an athletic guard from Leeds, Lewisham’s long armed slasher Josh Edwards, and Solent’s 6’8″ big man Ashley Briggs.
Westside’s athletic wing Kayne Henry-McCalla also makes the cut, joining Team White, having been a late call up to the England Under-18s after impressing during the season
Southwark and England Under-17 big man Tariq Balogun, and England Under-17 guard/forward Caleb Fuller from Ipswich – who made the EABL East Conference Second Team – will also make their second consecutive appearance in the U17 game.
The British-Spanish dual national Amabilino brothers, Brian and Adria, who have made an impression in their first year in the country with Derby Trailblazers, Brian earning a call up to the England U18s, as they both led their EABL squad to the playoffs and winning the U17 National Schools title, will take to the floor but face off on opposing teams.
England Under-17 guards Eisley Swaine – another of the youngest players in Men’s NBL Division 1 this season with Bradford Dragons, Joe Cummins – the stalwart of Barking Abbey’s offence this season, and Sesan Russell – a key part of Charnwood’s EABL championship squad, will all be representing on Team Black.
Current England Under-16 big men, Josh Ogundele from Barking Abbey and Worthing Thunder’s Hosana Kitenge (last year’s U14 playoff final MVP) will join forces on Team Black, while fellow England U16 and Southwark Legends’ Richard Amaefule will provide firepower to Team White.
England Under-18 guard Cameron Bett, the England Under-16s’ second leading scorer last summer, will be flying back from the US to take to the court for Team Black – having departed this season to attend McCallie School.
Two of the three younger players to make last summer’s England U16 squad, in Jacob Round from NEBC Titans – England’s third leading scorer, and Daniel Ogoro from U18 NBDL runners up Chelmsford Lions will be looking to make their mark and they will join Peckham Pride’s Demilade Adenuga, a three time National Champion and standout at this year’s U16 Final fours, to round out Team White.
Tickets to the 2016 Hoopsfix All Star Classic are still available but selling fast, starting at just £6.Click here to buy now before they are all gone!
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Name, Height, Position, NBL Club
Brian Amabilino, 6’6″ G/F, Derby Trailblazers
Michael Anumba, 6’3″, G, Manchester Magic
Cameron Bett, 6’2″, G, McCallie School (USA)
Joe Cummins, 6’0″, G, Barking Abbey
Josh Edwards, 6’4″, G, Lewisham Thunder
Hosana Kitenge, 6’6″, F/C, Worthing Thunder
Josh Ogundele, 6’8″, F/C, Barking Abbey
Sesan Russell, 6’1″, G, Leicester Riders
Micah Savery-Richards, 6’4″, G, Leeds Force
Eisley Swaine, 6’2″, G, Bradford Dragons
Zion Tordoff, 6’7″, G/F, Lancashire Spinners
Demilade Adenuga, 6’1″, G, Peckham Pride
Adria Amabilino, 6’6″, G/F, Derby Trailblazers
Richard Amaefule, 6’5″, F, Southwark Legends
Tariq Balogun, 6’9″, F/C, Southwark Legends
Ashley Briggs, 6’8″, F/C, Solent Kestrels
Kaiyem Cleary, 6’4″, G, Manchester Magic
Caleb Fuller, 6’5″, G/F, Ipswich
Kayne Henry-McCalla, 6’6″, G/F, Westside Rangers
Daniel Ogoro, 6’2″, G, Chelmsford Lions
Alex Roberts, 6’1″, G, Manchester Magic
Jacob Round, 6’3″, G, NEBC Titans
Coaches for all teams will be announced in the next fortnight. Click here to buy your tickets now!
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