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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Bermuda Girls Shine Bright at US Camp
Nine of Bermuda’s Youth Girls National Basketball team members attended Keystone State Camps this week and out of them, five were named to the camp all-stars. Last year, the BBYF sent seven girls to the camp, and none were named to the all-star teams.

Charles Peters, Director of the BBYF stated, “These results for the girls’ are outstanding. Bermuda has a history of producing top level female athletes in our sport and the focus that we have placed on the girls this past year has resulted in big improvements in the results.”

“In the past year, we have seen a tremendous growth in girls basketball with the first ever girls non-scholastic basketball league. We have also had several of these girls take part in various local development programmes.”

“In addition to the honor of making the camp all-star teams, two coaches attending the camp have expressed strong interest in recruiting from these Bermuda ladies for athletic scholarships. The girls had the privilege of meeting and speaking with one of these college head coaches, who shared information about playing at their institution and what would be required to earn a scholarship.”

“This is the first real opportunity that has been afforded to our youth national team players so far, but will certainly not be the last. We have a commitment from this coach and others to work directly with us to create mutual opportunities for our boys and girls in the coming years. The BBYF will work directly with college coaches to build recruiting opportunities for our players instead of using third party intermediaries. This is the preferred method of recruiting for college coaches and players will be provided with sound education by the BBYF on the basketball specific recruiting process in the coming months.”

Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Keystone Camp All Stars:

Scholastic Division All-Stars (11th and 12th Grades):

Anna Gilliatt, Warwick Academy
Inshan-nae Smith, Cedarbridge Academy
Demique Daniels, Cedarbridge Academy

Junior Division – All-Stars (9th and 10th Grades)
Kaylee Lema, T.N. Tatem Middle School
Leilanni Nesbeth, Saltus Grammar School

Keystone Camps has over 4,000 campers annually for its basketball camps, shoot-outs, and tournaments and has been host to hundreds of college basketball players and coaches. Keystone’s notable alumni include players like Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Jamal Crawford, Kyle Korver, Kobe Bryant, etc.

The BBYF is the official youth national basketball programme of Bermuda as sanctioned by the Bermuda Basketball Association. The BBYF would like to send thanks to our sponsors for supporting our domestic and international programmes - Qatar Re, Argus, Orbis Investment Management Limited, Bermuda Cablevision, Mailboxes Unlimited, and all other the private donors who wish to remain anonymous. If you would like to support youth basketball in Bermuda or you would like to learn more about how your young player can tryout or join the national team please contact the BBYF at info@bbyfbasketball.org.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Eight Named Keystone State Camp All-Stars

Eight of Bermuda’s Youth National Basketball team members achieved All-Star status at Keystone State Camps this week. Just one year ago, Bermuda earned only seven All-Stars at the camp, including several players who were unable to return to Keystone in 2015.

Charles Peters, Director of the BBYF shared his thoughts on the selections, “The fact that we had eight players selected as all-stars this year is an astonishing result when you consider the adversity that the players have faced going in. We had four players go down with injuries before or during the first day of the event. One of those players was selected as an all-star last year and almost certainly would have done the same this year if he remained healthy. We also had several players graduate from high school meaning that most of our all-stars this season were new to the division that they played in and thus were playing against older and more seasoned competition. The results really show just how much the programme and its players have developed in just one year.”

2015 Keystone Camp Bermuda All Stars:

Scholastic Division All-Stars (11th and 12th Grades):

Rye Ahronson, Warwick Academy
Andy Perez, Cedarbridge Academy

Junior Division – 1st Team All-Stars (9th and 10th Grades)

Caelin Peters, Mount St. Agnes
Kobie Reid, Mount St. Agnes

Junior Division – 2nd Team All-Stars (9th and 10th Grades)

Zane Curtis-Thomas, Sandys Secondary Middle School

Youth Division All-Stars (6th thru 8th Grades):

De-Nyi Thomas, Mount St. Agnes
Ryan Grant, Warwick Academy
Seth Hardtman, Whitney Middle School
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Bermuda Youngsters Continue to Shine in Keystone Camp

De’Nyi Thomas
The Bermuda’s Basketball Youth National Teams third day at Keystone Camp belonged to the Youth Division.

These are the players from incoming grade levels of 6th grade to 8th grade and as young as 10 years of age. Team Bermuda had a handful of young players featured in the day’s events streamed live on PASPORTSLIVE.COM including – William Tanglao, Jacob Pereira, Joshua Dears, Lucas Young, Darien Williams, Seth Hardtman, Adam McDonald, Josiah Fubler, Kalen Burgess, Spencer Vaucrosson, Flavio Mundy, and Ryan Clements. Leano Ming sat out of the day’s events due to injury.

Events of the day showed Bermuda’s tremendous strength and depth at every age category. Some of Team Bermuda’s key performers included Clements from Saltus who has shot the ball well the whole tournament. In the live game, Clements pulled up for a high arching three pointer which found the basket early in the first half. In the second half of play, he drove down the court in transition, delivering a floater over a defending player to score his second basket. In all Clements ended the game with five points.

Hardtman, a fast guard from Whitney Middle School, played solid throughout the game playing tough defense and being a stabilizing force for his team, leading them to the win.

McDonald was a gem in transition, getting steals on the ball and driving quickly to the basket to setup opportunities for his teammates.

While all of Bermuda’s players made a mark, the day belonged to Mount Saint Agnes, incoming M3 student (8th Grader) De’Nyi Thomas. The 6'1" power forward, was a dominant force in the game.

In the first half of play, Thomas caught the ball at the free throw area and then made a quick move to his left driving to the basket with a strong finish. The commentators remarked, “That was a good left handed move, that looked like a pro.” Later in the first half, he caught a pass in the corner and drove by his defender for another layup. The commentators said that Thomas was “Hard to stop.” Thomas ended the game with a big 14 points and 9 rebounds to help his team.

Thomas was interviewed at half time by the PASPORTSLIVE team and gave a good account of himself and his coaches. He is definitely one to watch in the future for team Bermuda.

Thomas’ team was coached Keyla Hoohuli, alumni scholarship player from Cannisius University, and one of the top five female scorers of all time in Pennsylvania Basketball history. Coach Hoohuli scored over 2,600 career points in high school leading to her scholarship with the Golden Griffons. Coach Hoohuli remarked that Bermuda has some real talent and was interested in seeing the Bermuda Girls who will be attending the team camp at Susquehanna University the following week.

If you would like to learn more about youth basketball programmes in Bermuda, or opportunities to join the national teams, please contact us at info@bbyfbasketball.org.
Monday, July 20, 2015
More Bermuda Players Steal the Show in Camps

Mykal Glasgow
Four of Bermuda's finest youth basketball players - Mykal Glasgow, Rye Ahronson, Andy Perez, and Jeremiah Andrade played in front of 350 online viewers including coaches and scouts from around the world.

The events at Keystone State Camps in Pennsylvania have been a successful campaign for Bermuda. Leading up to the game, which was live streamed by PASPORTSLIVE.COM, Glasgow had already made a mark winning the free throw competition for the Senior Division.

According to the broadcasters at PASPORTSLIVE, over 70 people from Bermuda watched the steam, many to support Bermuda's Youth National Teams.

The game started with Perez of Cedarbridge Academy and Glasgow from the Berkeley Institute coming out shooting. Andy Perez Nunez, as the commentators called him stole the ball just minutes into the contest and shortly after drove to the basket finishing a layup in traffic. On another drive he was fouled going to the free throw line. Perez finished the contest with 8 points and played staggering defense the whole contest.

Glasgow, a 6'3" combo guard and co-captain of the 18 and under team, played multiple positions in the match showing of his versatility. Glasgow scored on two three pointers from distance and also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Andrade of Warwick Academy, the other co-captain of the team played a solid game, throwing assists to his teammates and also scoring on a three pointer. The commentators were high on the shooting and defense from Bermuda's players.

The player of the game however went to Ahronson, the 14 year old from Warwick Academy who recently made history as the youngest player to make the Senior Men's National Team. Ahronson, a speedy guard scored 13 in the contest and was interviewed after the by PASPORTSLIVE.

Their team was led by Coach McCants, an alumni basketball player and Hall of Famer of Ohio State University. Coach McCants has been very high on Bermuda's players stating that several of them could pursue college careers in the United States.

Kyari Flood, one if the Bermuda team's newest members also played in the game on the losing side of the contest. Flood has surprised the coaches with his defense and his competitive spirit.

If you would like to learn more about youth basketball programmes in Bermuda, or opportunities to join the national teams, please contact us at info@bbyfbasketball.org.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Peters Shines in Pennsylvania

Caelin Peters
Bermuda’s Youth National teams are in Pennsylvania taking part in a four day exposure camp at Slippery Rock University.

With the first day of competition completed, Caelin Peters from Mount Saint Agnes Academy was named most outstanding out of all the players in the Junior Division by coaches at the camp after his two-game performance in front of fans, coaches, and scouts left many of the coaches in awe.

Team Bermuda has 13 players in attendance in the Junior Division, which includes players from ages 13 to 15. Overall the camp has roughly 80 players in this Division from all parts of the eastern United States and Canada.

The games were live streamed on PASPORTSLIVE.com and the commentators were high on Peters the entire game. At one point in the first game, Peters drove to the Basket leaving a defender in his tracks. After he was fouled sending him to the free throw line the commentators proclaimed, “He really likes to shake and bake.” At another point in the game they continued, “He can really see the whole floor well.”

Peters has led his team, UConn in both scoring and assists in both of his games on the first day of camp. In his second game on court two, Peters scored 30 points with 18 coming in the first half. This included four three pointers and several drives to the basket, including one drive where he completed a dazzling spin move which let his coach shaking his head in surprise.

In the post-game interview on PA Sports Live, the commentator was really impressed with Peters and asked about how he prepares for competition, to which he replied “We went to Wolfpack Camp just before we came here, where we played two games a day as practice for this camp. Throughout the year we have a programme called Wolfpack Elite, and I also played up in the Men’s League so I could improve my skills.”

What Peters was referring to was the CellOne Island Basketball League where he and several of the BBYF’s other up and coming players “played up” versus men and women, sometimes twice or three times their own age. In fact Peters was named the Most Valuable player of the CIBL at twelve years of age and is no stranger to playing up. In the fall, Peters became the first player in Mount Saint Agnes school history to play for the Varsity High School team as a middle school player. In the Bermuda School Sports Federation Interscholastic Playoffs, Peters averaged 23.3 points per game and 8 assists.
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