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The rosters for the 2020 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Underclassmen game have been revealed, despite its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual event – supported by Nike and 5or6 – would have brought together the top male and female junior players of their generation to play in three All-Star games across two days (find the Class of 2020 rosters here, and the Under-19 Women’s game rosters here).
With countless national titles and a wealth of international experience between them, the Underclassmen selection was made to recognise players with at least one more season before heading to US colleges and UK universities.
“Though we are absolutely gutted to have had to cancel the event this year, we felt announcing the selected players is a small gesture to show recognition of those who would have been suiting up,” said Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.
“Despite the event not happening, we will class those selected this year as alumni as with every other year, and they will be listed on the new website – launching soon – with player profiles.
“Congratulations to all those selected, and massive respect to all the clubs, coaches and people who contributed to their development. We look forward to following their progress and development in the coming years.”
The selections are headlined by two early commits, in Wake Forest bound Cameron Hildreth, and Baylor bound Jeremy Sochan, both of whom would have been returning for a second appearance after making their debuts in 2019.
Back to back EABL Southern MVP Ethan Price from Ipswich makes another Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, joined by his Northern Conference MVP counterpart Blake Bowman, who also would have made his second Hoopsfix All-Star Classic appearance.
Great Britain Under-18 Josh Uduje from the Knox School in the US, joins Sochan, as another foreign-based player who made the cut, along with debuts from Great Britain Under-16 point guard Quinn Ellis – originally from Sheffield, but now in Italy with Orlandina, his GB teammate Michael Belle who has just finished his first season with Strasbourg in France, and Sam Alajiki who has been receiving interest from a number of Division 1 schools after joining Beckley Prep in the US, having started the season at Barking Abbey.
Two of Alajiki’s former teammates from Barking Abbey, in athletic wing, GB U18 and All-EABL First Team member Veron Eze, and guard Flynn Boardman-Raffet – named the Battle in the Capital MVP over Christmas – make the selection, with big man Abiodun Adedo from St Charles – the Western Conference ABL MVP – also joining them.
6’10” big man Giovanni Emejuru from Charnwood was also selected for his debut in the Classic, having turned heads this season, along with teammate Victor Ndoukou – last year’s GB U16 captain, whilst JMA duo Latrell Maitland – MVP of the Valencia Basket tournament this year – and lengthy GB U18 forward Sam Grant also both received invites.
Haringey Hawks, after a dominant season, see a trio included, with backcourt running mates Alex Distras – U18 National Cup MVP and EYBL standout – and Owen Young, who is heading to Iceland for a prep year, plus big man Ndewedo Newbury – the Eastern Conference ABL MVP – all receiving call ups.
Another ABL MVP (Northern Conference), in Queen Ethelburga’s Elijah Walsh adds scoring punch, with ABL Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team member Moses Gordon from New City College providing balance at the other end of the floor.
BMET James Watt College duo Wakeem Richardson – the 2018-19 EABL Defensive Player of the Year and 2019 Deng Camp’s top defensive player – and Josh Ijeh, the EABL Northern Conference Most Improved Player and rebounding leader this season, also both receive invites.
And Ipswich lefty guard Jacob Morgan, an All-EABL second team representative this season, is joined by fellow All-EABL second team member Franklin Agu, Myerscough’s sole representative in the Underclassmen game, to round out the 24.
Despite the game not taking place, the players will receive player profiles on the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic website and be recognised as alumni of the game.
Name, Height, Position, Programme (in 2019-20)
Cameron Hildreth, 6’5″, Guard, Holy Trinity
Latrell Maitland, 6’1″, Guard, John Madejski Academy
Elijah Walsh, 6’4”, Guard, Queen Ethelburga’s
Jacob Morgan, 6’0″, Guard, Ipswich
Michael Belle, 6’6″, Guard, Strasbourg (France)
Sam Alajiki, 6’7″, Guard, Beckley Prep (USA)
Flynn Boardman-Raffet, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Barking Abbey
Blake Bowman, 6’5″, Guard/Forward, Derby Trailblazers
Franklin Agu, 6’6″, Forward, Myerscough
Sam Grant, 6’8″, Forward, John Madejski Academy
Josh Ijeh, 6’8″, Forward, BMET James Watt College
Ethan Price, 6’10”, Forward, Ipswich
Quinn Ellis, 6’3″, Guard, Orlandina (Italy)
Alex Distras, 6’0″, Guard, Haringey
Josh Uduje, 6’6″, Guard, Knox School (USA)
Owen Young, 6’4″, Guard, Haringey
Wakeem Richardson, 6’3″, Guard, BMet James Watt College
Veron Eze, 6’4″, Guard, Barking Abbey
Jeremy Sochan, 6’8″, Forward, La Lumiere (USA)
Moses Gordon, 6’6″, Forward, New City
Abiodun Adedo, 6’5″, Forward, St Charles
Giovanni Emejuru, 6’10”, Forward, Charnwood
Victor Ndoukou, 6’8″, Forward, Charnwood
Ndewedo Newbury, 6’8″, Forward, Haringey