- National Teams
The rosters for the 2016 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Under-19 game have been revealed, featuring some of the best 1997 and 1998 born players in the country.
The game will provide the most anticipated match-up of the season that never happened as Myerscough’s Kyle Carey (EABL West Conference Player of the Year) will lead the White Team, while squaring up against City of London Academy’s Shaquille Walters (EABL East Conference Player of the Year) who will head up the Black Team.
ABL South Conference Player of the Year Dan Akin and ABL North Conference Player of the Year, Moses Byekwaso, will also face off on separate teams, with Byekwso’s Preston teammate and North Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Melkisedek Moreaux, joining him on Team Black.
Five players from City of London Academy/Peckham Pride have been selected to suit up, a testament to their perfect season in Under-18 National League, and Final Four appearance in the EABL. Wake Forest commit Sam Japhet-Mathias, fellow big man Solomon Iluyomade and athletic wing Amin Adamu, and last year’s Hoopsfix All-Star Classic U17 MVP, Gedi Juozapaitis, will join Walters in the game.
Myerscough starting point guard and All-EABL West Conference first team member Alex Roberts also gets the nod, with his teammate and Weber State commit George Darling also putting on the Classic jersey.
The remaining members of the East Conference All-EABL team will all be playing. Itchen’s key guard Ben Maranan, Oaklands’ Evan Walshe – who also picked up U18 NBDL Final MVP a fortnight ago, EABL leading scorer James Lloyd, and Barking Abbey’s Obi Agu, who has had some impressive games in NBL Division 1 this season with Kent Crusaders, will all be spread across Team Black and Team White.
Agu’s Barking Abbey and Kent Crusaders teammate Charles Yassi-Pepin will provide athleticism and rebounding power in the Team Black front court.
EABL Final Four team Itchen College also have forward Dan Hemingway adding firepower to Team White, where he will be joined by England U18 point guards Luke Mitchell and RJ Eytle-Rock, who will combine to make the Team White backcourt.
Team Black will be boosted by EABL Championship side Charnwood College’s point guard Andre Arissol – also the Division 2 Patrons Cup Final MVP, and England U18 big man Henri Langton, while fellow England U18 and Angelico Biella rising star Carl Wheatle will be flying back from Italy to return to the Classic after a year hiatus.
In a testament to the level of talent suiting up on June 5th, seven of the players have already signed scholarships to head to the US, with a number of others expected to sign in the coming weeks.
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Name, Height, Position, NBL Club
Henri Langton, 6’10”, F/C, Loughborough Riders
Melkisedek Moreaux, 6’7″, F, Preston Titans
Solomon Iluyomade, 6’7″, F, Peckham Pride
Charles Yassi-Pepin, 6’8″, F, Kent Crusaders
Shaquille Walters, 6’5″, G/F, Peckham Pride
Carl Wheatle, 6’5″, G/F, Angelico Biella
Amin Adamu, 6’3″, G, Peckham Pride
Moses Byekwaso, 6’2″, G, Preston Titans
James Lloyd, 6’3″, G, Brixton Topcats
Alex Roberts, 6’2″, G, Lancashire Spinners
Andre Arissol, 6’2″, G, Loughborough Riders
Sam Japhet-Mathias, 6’11”, C, Kent Crusaders
Daniel Akin, 6’8″, F, Kent Crusaders
George Darling, 6’9″, F, Lancashire Spinners
Dan Hemingway, 6’7″, F, Solent Kestrels
Kyle Carey, 6’6″, G/F, Lancashire Spinners
Obi Agu, 6’5″, G/F, Kent Crusaders
Evan Walshe, 6’4″, G, Oaklands Wolves/Essex Leopards
Gedi Juozapaitis, 6’3″, G, Peckham Pride
Ben Maranan, 6’2″, G, Solent Kestrels
Luke Mitchell, 6’0″, G, Nottingham Hoods
RJ Eytle-Rock, 6’3″, G, Kent Crusaders
Under-17 rosters and coaching staffs for all teams will be announced in the next fortnight.