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Friday, September 16, 2016
Dill Named Sky Riders Co Captain

Terence Dill has been named the Texas Sky Riders co-captain for the upcoming season.

The Texas Sky Riders are a Men's Professional Basketball Team & Members of the American Basketball Association.

Dill returns to the club after being named Sky Rider of the year last season.

Dill said, “It was hard work, but always fun. Let's see how this year goes. Y'all look out for us.”

Monday, September 12, 2016
Countdown to FIBA 3on3 Youth Championships

With the recently concluded Digicel Jumpstart Basketball Clinic and the growing number of youth Basketball players in the in Bermuda, wwwislandstats.com is informing them of a International Tournament later this year.

The Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA), with be hosting the Antilles 3 on 3 International Youth Basketball Championships in November.

The FIBA Youth Championships are an Under 18 Tournament with other Caribbean countries hosting Qualifying Tournaments.

International “3 on 3” basketball tournament planned for later this year by t, the local governing body will host an Under-18 instalment of the competition ahead of the pending showdown.

The Bermuda Basketball Association will soon host a International Affairs General Meeting.

According to the Bermuda Basketball Association’s Facebook page, the International Affairs Committee is looking to share its vision for the next 3 years and also outline the events and costs which will be incurred.

The meeting is open to all members of the BBA interested in trying out for the Men's National Team, however we are unsure if they will discuss this particular 3 on 3 Tournament for the Under 18’s.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Bermuda Youngsters Selected For Elite Jumpstart Camp

Following the end of the three day Digicel Jumpstart basketball clinic seven players were selected by the NBA coaches for the Digicel Jumpstart elite camp. The seven player, five boys and two girls, were announced at the closing ceremony, which was attended by the Minster of Social Development and Sports the Hon Sylvan Richards.

The NBA coaches selected the players based on the skills and attitude they displayed over the three days. The players are: Caelin Peters (14), who was voted the MVP on day 1 of the clinic, Jorel Smith (15), Jalen Currin (15 ), Rye Ahronson (15), Kobie Reid (15), Siyaunne Hall (16) and Ishan- Nae Smith (16). The players will join other young basketballers from Digicel Jumpstart clinics around the Caribbean at the elite camp in October.

Robin Seale, Digicel & BTC CEO said, "For the second year running we had a fantastic Jumpstart clinic and again the NBA coaches were impressed not only by the ability, but the enthusiasm and willingness of the payers to learn. We look forward to seeing the seven players again in October and I know it wasn't an easy decision for the NBA coaches to select those players given the high standard everyone showed."

"Great credit goes to the Bermuda Basketball Youth Federation for their support over the three days and for their ongoing development of the game on the island. I would also like to thank The Berkeley Institute for hosting us and providing us with a great venue," he added.

At the closing ceremony the principal of The Berkeley Institute, Dr Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, was presented with school suppliers such as stationary and backpacks by Digicel and the NBA to thank the school for their support.

Additionally, the Sportsmanship Award for players who displayed the best sense of fair play and camaraderie was awarded to Dimitrius Richardson and Kiarah Seon. Each received a new Digicel DL 1 with a prepaid Freedom Bundle.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
NBA Coaches Impressed by Bermuda Basketball Talent

With the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Clinics off to a great start, here are the thoughts of NBA’s Senior Director of Basketball Operations, the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Minister of Sport in Bermuda, about the talent displayed by the young boys and girls in the first two days of the Clinics.

“The kids were a joy to work with, we can see that they are fundamentally sound and looking forward to working with the finalists in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in October. I would like to thank Digicel for a successful launch of the Digicel Jumpstart clinics – it can only get better from here,” Troy Justice, Senior Director of Basketball Operations, International National Basketball Association.

“This is truly a great opportunity for the kids and they showed they cared with their attitude over the three days. It is my first time being a part of the programme and I am truly impressed with the talent in Bermuda,” Head Coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Matt Brase.

“Very impressed with the Digicel Jumpstart Clinics and what it brought to Bermuda. I came and supported all three days and each day I could see the chemistry and camaraderie between the players get better and better. I’d like to thank Digicel and the NBA for bringing the camp to Bermuda and I’m already looking forward to next year,” Bermuda Social Development and Sports Minister, Hon. Sylvan Richards.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Wilson Digicel Jumpstart Day 2 MVP

Zara Wilson was announced as the MVP for the second day of the Digicel Jumpstart Clinic going on at the Berkeley Institute.

The 16 year old Berkley student, who was selected by the NBA coaches for her performance and attitude, was awarded with a new Digicel DL1 and prepaid Freedom Bundle.

After receiving her prize Zara said, "When I came in today I was very excited and I'm starting to learn new skills. I was making mistakes in the first day but now I realize it's good to make mistakes as it shows I am learning so I hope tomorrow, our last day, I can really be at my best."

The second annual Digicel Jumpstart clinic is taking place at The Berkley Institute. The Digicel Jumpstart clinic is a youth sports initiative that takes place in select countries across the Caribbean and Bermuda, with Bermuda hosting the first one of 2016. The clinics give young basketballers, aged 14 to 16, access to elite NBA coaches in order to advance their skills.

Digicel Bermuda, for the second year running, have partnered with the Bermuda Basketball Youth Federation to ensure as many young basketballers get the opportunity to avail of NBA coaching. This year the clinic has been opened up to girls and at the end of the three day clinic the coaches will select seven players, five boys and two girls, to represent Bermuda at the elite coaching camp in October in St Lucia.
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