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Reading Rockets’ Matthew Marsh (2002 born) has signed a two year scholarship deal with Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona.
The 6’10” fifteen year old makes the move after half a year in Reading playing for John Madejski Academy in the EABL and the Rockets in junior NBL, originally hailing rom Penryn in Cornwall.
“I am delighted to be going to Barcelona to continue to develop my basketball career following an enjoyable and successful year with the Rockets and JMA,” Marsh said. “The support from coaches and staff has enabled me to pursue my dream career for which I am really grateful.”
Marsh will make the move in September, after a trip to the European Championships with the Great Britain Under-16s this summer.
Rockets and Great Britain Under-18 Head Coach Alan Keane commented:
“Matthew has worked hard at the Academy this season. Although he is still new to the sport, he has put in the hours to get his body in great shape, and he will relish the chance to be in one of the best performance environments in the world. We look forward to following his progress very closely and wish him all the best for this wonderful opportunity.”
JMA Rockets Director of Basketball Matt Johnson added:
“It is a momentous occasion for Matthew and his family, as well as an incredibly proud moment for our school and club. These opportunities don’t arise often but Matthew absolutely deserves it; he is a great athlete, an excellent student and a well-mannered young man.
“The coaching and support he has received while at JMA Rockets has been of the highest level, and he has thrived in this environment. I have no doubt that he will make the most of this opportunity.”
Marsh will join four other British junior players based in Spain, with Kareem Queeley at Real Madrid and Jacob Round at Fuenlabrada, along with Tomiwa Sulaiman and Segun Shodunke at the Canterbury Academy.