- National Teams
The rosters for the Under-19 Women’s game at the 2023 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic have now been confirmed.
24 of the brightest young players in the UK have been selected to compete in the latest edition of the British Basketball showcase, which takes place at Crystal Palace on Sunday 28th May (tickets still available to purchase by clicking here).
Last year’s MVP Issy Bunyan is one of 10 returning players to compete with a large number of players set to be involved in GB junior action this summer.
Bunyan is joined on Team Black by Faye Endean who is selected again off the back of a huge season with three MVP awards across WEABL and WNBL D1 action – leading Solent Kestrels to an impressive league and playoffs double.
Itchen and Solent teammates Anna Nevison and first-time selection Florrie Cotterill unite to form a familiar looking trio on Team Black.
It was another strong year for CoLa as they dominated WEABL before reaching the final of the WNBL D1 playoffs with their success reflected in having six selections. Emily O’Connell is joined by HASC debutantes Blanche Toualeu and Felicia Jacobs on Team Black, while Ana-Isabel Andersson, Violet Stutz and WEABL final MVP Ebere Egbirika all make their debut for Team White.
Nottingham duo Natalie Charity and Yemisi Mefful will be on opposite sides with Charity being joined in the Team Black backcourt by Saruna Gudza, while Copleston and Ipswich teammate Christabel Osaboro strengthens the frontcourt as the new Defensive Player of the Year in the WEABL Southern Conference.
Rising star Katie Cox is the youngest selected player and is joined on Team Black by Jessica Bakhsh, who returns from a season at JSierra Canyon high school in the US.
Team White have plenty of scoring firepower in the form of Barking Abbey’s Fatmata Janneh and Ipswich star Liv Forster, who recently scored 30 points in the Under-18 playoffs final victory.
Abbey Whitehouse also returns after another solid year in the WBBL with Sheffield Hatters with newcomer Alex Shaw partnering Erin Powell as the Charnwood/Loughborough representatives. Daisy Porter is set to feature after the Oaklands guard missed out last year due to injury.
Meanwhile, WEABL Under-17 Player of the Year in the Southern Conference Louisa Gibbins makes it four players from the Copleston academy with Itchen also earning four selections as Erin Caldwell is rewarded after a strong season for the WEABL runners-up.
The full rosters for the Under-19 Women’s game are as follows:
#1 Natalie Charity, Guard, Nottingham
#3 Saruna Gudza, Guard, Copleston/Ipswich
#6 Faye Endean, Guard, Itchen/Solent
#9 Felicia Jacobs, Forward, CoLA
#10 Emily O’Connell, Guard, CoLA
#11 Issy Bunyan, Guard/Forward, Cardiff
#12 Blanche Toualeu, Forward, CoLA
#13 Anna Nevison, Guard, Itchen/Solent
#14 Katie Cox, Guard/Forward, Sevenoaks
#33 Jessica Bakhsh, Guard, JSierra Canyon (US)
#37 Florrie Cotterill, Centre, Itchen/Solent
#52 Christabel Osarobo, Forward, Copleston/Ipswich
#3 Ebere Egbirika, Guard, CoLA
#4 Fatmata Janneh, Guard/Forward, Barking Abbey
#5 Daisy Porter, Guard, Oaklands
#6 Ana-Isabel Andersson, Guard, CoLA
#7 Yemisi Mefful, Forward, Nottingham
#8 Abbey Whitehouse, Guard, Sheffield Hatters
#11 Erin Caldwell, Guard/Forward, Itchen/Solent
#13 Liv Forster, Guard, Copleston/Ipswich
#15 Louisa Gibbins, Forward, Copleston/Ipswich
#22 Violet Stutz, Guard, CoLA
#24 Erin Powell, Guard, Charnwood/Loughborough
#25 Alex Shaw, Centre, Charnwood/Loughborough
Teams listed from the 2022-23 season.
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