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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Digicel & NBA Launch Jumpstart Clinics

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Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today the launch of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics in the Caribbean, which will take place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands Aug. 24-Sept. 28. The clinics, which will be run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development, will bring together hundreds of players and coaches from across the Caribbean.

The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics scheduled Bermuda leg will be held September 9th – 11th.

Each clinic will bring together the top 40 players ages 16 and under from their respective countries for two-day national training camps. The programme also features one-day clinics in each country for local coaches. As with Digicel’s successful football programme, the Digicel Kickstart Clinics, the best athletes in each country will be selected for the intensive “Elite Camp” programme Sept. 26th-28th in Trinidad and Tobago.

The top eight players from the Elite Camp as determined by an NBA coach and legend will have the opportunity to attend an NBA game in the U.S.

“We applaud the NBA and Digicel for launching this initiative in the British Virgin Islands as this will no doubt bring first-class expertise to the Caribbean, making it easier for the players to take their game to the highest level possible,” said Paul Hewlett, Acting Assistant Director of Sport Affairs, British Virgin Islands, where the inaugural clinic tipped off yesterday.

“Digicel is all about developing aspiring young athletes at the grassroots level, having done so in various sports including cricket and football,” said Tommy Farrell, Commercial Director, Digicel British Virgin Islands. “Over the years, we have developed and maintained partnerships with big name sporting organizations such as Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, Sunderland FC and the WICB to name a few. We are delighted to be adding the NBA to that list and supporting the development of basketball.”

“We are excited to partner with Digicel to bring grassroots basketball development to hundreds of young Caribbean players,” said Philippe Moggio, NBA Senior Vice President, Latin America. “Digicel is one of the Caribbean’s leading operators, and they share our vision of growing the sport of basketball in the region and teaching the values of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

The Elite Camp and camper trip to the U.S. to attend an NBA game will be shared with Digicel customers online, digitally and through mobile and will be broadcast on Digicel Sportsmax, which brings NBA fans closer to their favorite teams through its live coverage of the NBA season, which tips off Oct. 27.

In March, Digicel and the NBA announced a multiyear partnership that will deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 30 Caribbean territories through Digicel SportsMax and make Digicel the Official Wireless Partner of the NBA in the region. This partnership also allows Digicel customers to get in on the action through a number of promotions that will be launched across the Caribbean.

Editors Note: - Basketball will now get some attention, BBA Officials keep your phones near as other media will be calling, no not for when you play your league games much like Football and Cricket, but just to say they are interested in your sport.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Wolfpack Elite Visits Devon Prep School

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Eleven of Bermuda’s Elite Basketball players visited Devon Preparatory School in Pennsylvania to play against the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team.

The Wolfpack Elite Player Development programme is currently taking part in a three week tour across the United States which sees them traveling across Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. to take part in top US camps (Five Star Basketball and Point Guard College) and to play games versus other elite basketball programmes (Devon Prep, Philly Triple Threat, Maryland Mavs, Fredericksburg Heat, and others).

In its game against Devon Prep, the Wolfpack took command early in the game with sharpshooters Rye Ahronson and Mykal Glasgow leading the way. Ahronson led the team in scoring with 30 points on a myriad of drives to the basket and a handful of jump shots from behind the three point line. Glasgow poured in an outstanding 26 points mostly coming off of driving layups and mid-range jump shots. Other notable performances were made by Andy Perez, Kobie Reid, Caelin Peters, Niall Waring, and Colby Mapp on their way to victory.

A spokesperson for Wolfpack Elite provided the following, “Devon Prep was gracious to provide us with an opportunity to play against their varsity team. The games were competitive and both teams saw some success. We are both using this pre-season opportunity to get our players ready for the upcoming school year. We would like to thank the Devon Prep players and coaches for their support.”

The Wolfpack Elite Select team includes the following players from seven of the island’s schools –

Ryan Grant, Warwick Academy
Caelin Peters, Mount St. Agnes
Kobie Reid, Mount St. Agnes
Niall Waring, Warwick Academy
Malachi Dates, Clearwater Middle School
Rye Ahronson, Warwick Academy
Jeremiah Andrade, Warwick Academy
Tyriq Brown, Saltus Grammar School
Mykal Glasgow, Berkeley Institute
Colby Mapp, Somersfield Academy
Andy Perez, Cedarbridge Academy

Wolfpack would like to thank International Financial Planning for its support of our programmes. For more information about Wolfpack Elite Player Development please contact Director Charles Peters at charles@wolfpackhoops.com
Friday, August 07, 2015
Bermuda Girls Team Return Home Winners

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The Bermuda's Girls Youth National Basketball Team returned to Bermuda as the top team at the Keystone Tournament. The girls’ squad took in the three day competition that had them compete against teams from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Anna Gilliatt, Inshan-nae Smith, Demiqua Daniels, Siyaunne Hall, Leilanni Nesbeth, Kyrah McRae, Kaylee Lema, Chanara Smith-Rookes, and Alea Whorms made up the nine person roster for the girls team.

As Islandstats.com reported the Bermuda Girls played two games on the Opening Day, then they played four games on Day Two against Lake Lehman (PA) (twice), Southern Huntingdon (PA) and Johnson City (NY).

This day saw the Girls come away with a clean sweep as the team used a stifling and stingy defense to overpower its opponents on its way to a 4-0 record for the day and a 6-0 record for the event.

On the final day of the contest, a tired girls team was unable to hold off its opponent in an early morning game but still came away with the best record in the event.

Charles Peters, President of the BBYF offered an assessment of the results, “Our girls youth national team is officially on the map. There was a wide array of teams from different US states and the ease with which our girls’ team was able to compete with players from their similar age groups proves that our players are ready to take on greater challenges. Coaches and scouts from the event gave our ladies a glaring assessment and this is just the beginning. Basketball in Bermuda has been steadily growing since the inception of the BBYF and its member programmes. We have now come to a point where players will get improved opportunities for local and overseas development, recruiting, and advancement. As we establish relationships with coaches across the United States and Canada, they have consistently voiced to us a desire to work directly with our national programme on recruiting opportunities. In the coming year you will begin to see positive outcomes as a result of these relationships. I would like to thank Coach Erica Woods and Coach Lakeisha Bell a job well done.”

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 Tamika Catchings, Tanigha Wright, and numerous other WNBA players.

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, International Financial Planning, 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.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Team Hurricane Players Return From Global Squad

Jorel Smith
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The Team Hurricane Basketball Academy proudly announces the return of its three student-athletes who participated in Global Squad, an intensive summer basketball program run by the Alexander Basketball Academy. Team Hurricane members, Bryce Gonsalves, Jorel Smith, and Darae Smith attended the month long academy held at The Hill School, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania from June 27th to July 27th.

Each summer the Global Squad provides international student-athletes with an opportunity to get recruited by U.S. colleges and universities, by putting them in front of college coaches, while providing elite training required to play at the next level. As a result, one of the Global Squad highlights for the Hurricane players’ was their participation in the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest held at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, PA. The Summer Jam Fest features over 500 teams, 200+ NCAA coaches, and ranks as one of the top summer tournaments in the United States.

Darae Smith of Berkely Institute was a Gold Dragon Award recipient. The Alexander Basketball Academy named Smith its Most Improved Player. “Global Squad was by far the best camp experience that I’ve ever attended. The best part I liked is that I would wake up the next morning knowing I’ll be playing intense basketball. It’s helped my game improve a lot because I became stronger and faster. Global Squad was like no other experience because nothing is given to me. It actually humbled me because I knew my teammates were going to push me to my limits. The competition was greater than I thought so it took me time to adjust. As the weeks went on I was able to adjust and start playing comfortably.”

Gonsalves who attends Saltus says, “The best thing about Global Squad was that I had a great opportunity to experience the toughness and level of skill the top high school teams play at. I think I have become a much better athlete and I have become more confident with my offensive game. This experience was much better than any camp I have attended because the focus was on me becoming a better basketball player rather than winning or losing games.”

Cedarbridge Academy’s Jorel Smith enjoyed receiving college coaching. “I also got to see where my skill level is at compared to other kids my age. This camp was better than other camps that I have attended because their main focus is on trying to make me a better basketball player.”

Team Hurricane Founder/Head Coach Doug Reed couldn’t be more pleased about this experience for the players and the Team Hurricane program overall. “Only one year into our charity’s existence and we’re fortunate to be able to provide our student-athletes with an opportunity take part in high level grassroots basketball and the recruiting scene. This is significant and, once again, highlights why the Team Hurricane Basketball Academy and its programs are so unique to Bermuda. We have NCAA certification which enables us to participate in the type events and camps that are truly relevant in today’s youth basketball environment.”

Coach Reed adds, “Team Hurricane has set the standard in youth basketball with its variety of free, quality programming. Our sole purpose is to be a benefit to the community. Team Hurricane already has a diverse slate of programming and project initiatives that were completed during its inaugural year as a registered charity. These programs include:

• Students First Educational Program organized and overseen by Registered Psychologist, Dr. Mellisa Gibbons Tankard of HARTT Services and former Project Director of Higher Achievers Afterschool Program in Washington DC.
• Team Hurricane-Global Squad International Skills Camp
• Montreal Canada Hoop Experience – providing international competition for our players
• Syracuse University College Tour – Basketball Camp Experience (2014 & 2015)
• Global Squad International Showcase – an NCAA Certified Event
• And, of course, its team training.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Bermuda Girls Winning at Keystone Tournament

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With the Keystone State Skills Camp now completed, yesterday Bermuda's Youth Girls National Basketball Team took the court versus the likes of Pope John XXIII (New Jersey) and Mifflin City (Pennsylvania) in the team tournament.

Coach Erica Woods led the team into the tournament and had this to say, “The first game against Pope John XXIII saw the girls start off slow, having had two days off from competition. However it wasn't long before Co-captain Anna Gilliatt took charge after opening up with a few easy buckets. New comer Leilanni Nesbeth also proved to be a defensive prowess forcing numerous turnovers which saw Bermuda capitalize on countless fast break opportunities. Once the team got started, it took the lead and never looked back, Bermuda won 27-14.

The second game against Mifflin City saw multiple players get quality minutes as our defensive scheme constantly disrupted the opposing teams offensive game plan. Bermuda jumped out to an early lead headed by veteran Inshan-nae Smith who found the gaps early and was relentless in her attack.

This propelled the entire team as our veterans stepped up and took control of the game which gave the younger players a boost of confidence. Kaylee Lema and Leilanni Nesbeth stepped up defensively with their on-the-ball defense working together to create turnovers. Our post players Chanara Smith-Rookes, Smith and Alea Whorms grabbed numerous rebounds to secure possession for us. In the end the girls pulled off a 44-28 victory.”

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 Tamika Catchings, Tanigha Wright, and numerous other WNBA players.

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, International Financial Planning, 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.

“This year we will be launching Elite Crossfit a partnership with CrossFit BDA run by former college basketball player, Derek Hurdle. Hurdle played College Basketball at St. Mary’s University and was also the captain of the Men’s National Team at the Carifta Games, so this partnership not only makes sense for us, it keeps in line with our position to hire and retain only the top basketball coaches in Bermuda who know what it takes to play at the next level.

“We are also launching our Study Tables, which is a teacher led study programme to ensure that players do well academically and that they meet the academic eligibility requirements in order to earn a college scholarship. These are exciting developments for our programme in the coming year.”

For more information about Wolfpack Elite Player Development please contact Director Charles Peters at charles@wolfpackhoops.com
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