Nearly 150 strong travelled from across the UK to Leeds England for our third annual Five-Star Basketball Camp England Edition.
A veteran, US coaching staff complemented a strong base of UK coaching talent. Five-Star Hall of Famer, Pete Gillen returned to England hoping to lead his Thunder past the Semifinal round where he was beaten last year at the buzzer.
The Thunder have good balance and have started off strong. Eddie Matthews has continued to elevate his game as the third year camper has done it all. The Thunder have had their hands full with Coach Marc Steutal and third-year camper, 6-3 Ed Potter. Potter has displayed an offensive arsenal.
The back-to-back champion, Samit Nurizade, head coach of the Reading Rockets, leads his Lakers. Spain’s Danny Horta has been a valuable contributor on both ends of the court. Kayin Darby is penetrating well. Samit hopes to stay undefeated as he faces the commissioner and major college prospect 6-11 Theo Turner. Turner has been key for Gulliver Prep’s Manny Bloom, who is hoping to avenge last year’s early exit. Complementing Turner is versatile Ellery Brown a 6-4 slasher who drives with authority.
The Celtics led by Leeds Met, Paul Hartley, look to push thru after losing in back-to-back years in the Championship. Explosive point guard, Joey Barra has been the little engine that could. Facing the Celtics looking to go undefeated is former NBA star and NBDL Coach, Donyell Marshall, who has his Sixers playing well. The Sixers have a versatile attack led by 6-6 point guard, Jack Walker. Ollie Broderick has been a pleasant surprise attacking the glass.
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