Newham Youngbloods’ Jelani Watson-Gayle will take part in a one-day showcase of British basketball designed to inspire and assist a new generation of players after being selected in the Under-17 game.
Last year’s U16 MVP will play alongside the rest of the country’s up and coming ballers as the top 1998 and 1999 born players go head-to-head on Saturday, May 23, at the Brixton Recreation Centre in South London. This will be the second year of the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic following the success of its inaugural year in 2014 – showcasing the top British junior talent in the country.
The event has been organised by British basketball website Hoopsfix.com and all proceeds from the day will go towards the Hoopsfix Foundation – a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to helping grow the game of basketball in the UK which funds the event.
Newham are delighted that Watson-Gayle has been invited to take part in such an important event for the second year running and hope the club’s fans will support their leading star this Saturday.
“It feels great to be selected again,” Watson-Gayle said. “It just goes to show that hard work pays off.
“I’m looking forward to the competition. It was great last year, and I believe this year’s All-Star Classic can top last year’s.”
A community coaching session will take place in conjunction with the event, which will see youth players London being put through their paces by Reach & Teach, the official grassroots development partner of the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.
Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.com, added: “We’re really excited to be back for our second year, and in what better place than Brixton Rec, the unofficial home of British basketball.
“We’ve gathered some of the top elite talent in the country to put on a show and have no doubt they will, it should be an awesome day.”
Limited tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available online at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com, and will not be available on the door.
Proud supporters of the Hoopsfix All Star Classic include Molten, 2tall.com, Sportserve Ltd, BasketballDirect.com, Bigfoot Basketball, Reach & Teach, 5or6, Always Ballin’, Let Me Play, CocoPro and Wilkie TV.
To be automatically entered into competition to win a Molten basketball and more, talk about the event on Twitter, Facebook (make your status update public) and Instagram, using the hashtag #HASC15. More details available at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com.