Category: Mens Team

Academy Stars named in Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Rosters

Hoopsfix has revealed the rosters for the 2020 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, despite its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual event – supported by Nike and 5or6 – would have brought together the top male and female junior players of their generation to play in three All-Star games across two days.

We are delighted to announce that four Rockets academy players – both past and present – have been named in those rosters. Join us in congratulating Asher Ndah, David Chive and Matt Marsh for being selected for the Class of 2020 roster, as well as Latrell Maitland and Sam Grant for making the underclassmen roster.

The five previous events have all sold out in advance and another capacity crowd was anticipated in Brixton for the 2020 edition, which was originally scheduled for June before its cancellation.

“Though we are absolutely gutted to have had to cancel the event this year, we felt announcing the selected players is a small gesture to show recognition of those who would have been suiting up,” said Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.

“Despite the event not happening, we will class those selected this year as alumni as with every other year, and they will be listed on the new website – launching soon – with player profiles.

“Congratulations to all those selected, and massive respect to all the clubs, coaches and people who contributed to their development. We look forward to following their progress and development in the coming years.”

With countless national titles and a wealth of junior international experience between them, the rosters represent a glimpse into the future of British basketball and include both domestic and foreign-based players.

The full selections for each game are as follows with name, height, position, and their 2019-20 programme as selections were based on performances up until the end of last season.

Class of 2020 Rosters

Team Black

David Chive, 6’0”, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Chris Feeney, 6’2″, Guard, Barking Abbey

Bradley Kaboza, 6’2″, Guard, Myerscough

Charlie Brown, 6’3″, Guard, Derby

Lewis McGlasson, 6’4″, Guard, Myerscough

Asher Ndah, 6’4″, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Eljay Morris, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Governor’s Academy (USA)

Richard Amaefule, 6’9″, Forward, Bishop Lynch (USA)

Sanmi Fajana, 6’8″, Forward, Myerscough

Amari Williams, 6’10”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough

Josh Ogundele, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Worcester Academy (USA)

Matt Marsh, 7’0”, Forward/Centre, FC Barcelona (Spain)

Team White

Blaize Sagna, 6’2″, Guard, Charnwood

Louis Norton, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey

Ben Winter, 6’3″, Guard, Ipswich

Chester Morrell, 6’2″, Guard, Canterbury

Taiga Forster, 6’1″, Guard, Itchen

Greg Durand, 6’5″, Guard, Charnwood

Vasja Pandza, 6’8”, Guard, The Hotchkiss School (USA)

Tomiwa Sulaiman, 6’6” Forward, West Nottingham Academy (USA)

Tom Sowoolu, 6’8″, Forward, Barking Abbey

Eduardo Andre, 6’10”, Forward, AZ Compass Prep School (USA)

Sam Chigbo, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough

Theo Hughes, 7’0″, Centre, Barking Abbey

Underclassmen Rosters

Team Black

Cameron Hildreth, 6’5″, Guard, Holy Trinity

Latrell Maitland, 6’1″, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Elijah Walsh, 6’4”, Guard, Queen Ethelburga’s

Jacob Morgan, 6’0″, Guard, Ipswich

Michael Belle, 6’6″, Guard, Strasbourg (France)

Sam Alajiki, 6’7″, Guard, Beckley Prep (USA)

Flynn Boardman-Raffet, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Barking Abbey

Blake Bowman, 6’5″, Guard/Forward, Derby Trailblazers

Franklin Agu, 6’6″, Forward, Myerscough

Sam Grant, 6’8″, Forward, John Madejski Academy

Josh Ijeh, 6’8″, Forward, BMET James Watt College

Ethan Price, 6’10”, Forward, Ipswich

Team White

Quinn Ellis, 6’3″, Guard, Orlandina (Italy)

Alex Distras, 6’0″, Guard, Haringey

Josh Uduje, 6’6″, Guard, Knox School (USA)

Owen Young, 6’4″, Guard, Haringey

Wakeem Richardson, 6’3″, Guard, BMET James Watt College

Veron Eze, 6’4″, Guard, Barking Abbey

Jeremy Sochan, 6’8″, Forward, La Lumiere (USA)

Moses Gordon, 6’6″, Forward, New City

Abiodun Adedo, 6’5″, Forward, St Charles

Giovanni Emejuru, 6’10”, Forward, Charnwood

Victor Ndoukou, 6’8″, Forward, Charnwood

Ndwedo Newbury, 6’8”, Forward, Haringey

Under-19 Women Rosters

Team Black

Ella Doherty, 5’11”, Guard, Caledonia Pride

Jade Mbam, 5’7″, Guard, Manchester Mystics

Mariam Olawoyin, 5’5″, Guard, Nottingham

Molly James, 5’9″, Guard, Charnwood

Tamara Fournillier Onadeko, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey

Hannah Dawson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Charnwood

Rebecca Dwomoh, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Femeni Maresm (Spain)

Esther Little, 6’2″, Guard/Forward, Copleston

Jannike Marshall, 6’0″, Forward, Caledonia Pride

MJ Sarkodee-Adoo, 6’2″, Forward, City of London Academy

Molly Lavin, 6’2″, Forward, Richmond Knights

Louise Rouse, 6’2″, Forward, Oaklands

Isimenme Ozzy-Momodu, 6’1″, Centre, City of London Academy

Team White

Amelia Sandie, 5’7″, Guard, City of London Academy

Abbey Whitehouse, 5’9″, Guard, Sheffield

Asha Andrews, 5’7″, Guard, Sevenoaks Suns

Charlotte Redhead, 5’7″, Guard, Copleston

Ella Pearson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Copleston

Simona Henshaw, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy

Shaniya Rose, 6’0″, Forward, Nottingham Wildcats

Susannah Rafiu, 6’1″, Forward, Copleston

Pollyanna Storie, 6’2″, Forward, Caledonia Pride

Adaobi Nebuwa, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy

Cameron Taylor-Willis, 6’0″, Forward, Copleston

Emma Imevbore, 6’4″, Centre, London Thunder

Alex Baker, 6’2″, Centre, Charnwood

Club Statement: COVID-19

This morning we received formal confirmation that a member of the Rockets academy programme has tested positive for COVID-19.

The health and well-being of everyone in the Rockets community is of the utmost importance. Those who have been in contact with the positive case have been notified and are now strictly following the government’s self-isolation guidelines.

We also have a wider care and responsibility to the players and staff from opposing teams. Therefore, with an abundance of caution, we have informed the NBL and Basketball England and have had to postpone our Lynch Trophy fixture with Oaklands Wolves scheduled for this Saturday.

Rockets to take on high scoring Thunder

Reading Rockets (14-9) will be up against one of the leagues highest scoring teams this weekend when they entertain Worthing Thunder at Rivermead Leisure Complex on Sunday, 5pm tip-off. Rockets split last weekend’s games but were victorious in their second encounter as they finally stopped the rot of four consecutive league defeats when they beat Bradford Dragons 86-63 after losing out to Derby Trailblazers the night before 104-97.

This Sunday’s opponents recorded an incredible 80 point victory over relegation threatened Liverpool last weekend as they put 150 points on their opponents to 70 to keep themselves in contention for a top three finish. Runaway leaders Team Solent Kestrels claimed the NBL Division One title after a pair of wins last weekend with Thames Valley Cavaliers almost certain to now claim the runners-up spot in the division.

The meeting between the two teams will be the second of the season with the Rockets claiming an impressive 100-81 away win at the Thunderdome back in December.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash against Worthing, Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane highlighted what a force to be reckoned with this Sunday’s opponents are and the importance of the game at this late stage of the season. The Irishman said,

“Arguably the most potent scoring team in league, Worthing Thunder certainly proved that as they unloaded 150 points last weekend in one game! A team who are capable to have all five players on the floor who can shoot the 3 ball really well.”

“Worthing will certainly stretch the capacity of our defence, however on the other end we will have to be very aggressive attacking the basket relentlessly. An important game for both teams with playoff seedings we should see the best that both teams have to offer.”

Rockets go into this weekend’s game with no new injury concerns and should continue to have a fully fit squad available after an injury-strewn season. All of the Berkshire outfits concerns have returned to full training and game play with Spanish duo Matias Boho and Pau Mayor the latest to be declared fully fit. Coach Keane will be buoyed by the valuable minutes given by academy duo Ross Stepney and Asher Ndah last weekend as well as new signing Leome Francis who has made a positive impact since beginning life in Reading last month.

Rockets will know a win this weekend keeps them right in the play-off mix but defeat for the Reading team will all but consign them to seventh place in the division and a tough quarter-final away trip in the post season to this year’s runners-up. To keep up to date with all the latest news and information, follow the Rockets on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @rocketsreading or check out the club’s website – www.readingrockets.co.uk

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Match Report – Bradford Dragons v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Bradford Dragons63Loss
Reading Rockets86Win

Following the disappointing loss to Derby the night before, Rockets launched themselves from tip at the Den with a 11-0 blitz thanks to the twin towers of Leome Francis and Liam Davis coupled to a drive and assist from Pau Mayor and a wide shot form Academy starter Asher Ndah. Bradford broke the run but Rockets were soon back at a pace as Nick Richards made a great interception which he followed with a fine stop leaving Rockets in control at 23-9 at the first break.

Richards was again at his defensive best with a block before he received an assist from Francis to score giving Rockets a 30-19 lead mid-way through the second period. Ben Dixon came off the bench to drive and score but with Rockets in team foul trouble , Dragons hit 4 form 4 form the penalty stripe to reduce the deficit to 26- 36 at the interval.

After both Head Coaches had used the interval very effectively a most competitive third quarter was dished up for the supporters. Rockets again launched themselves into the game with a 9-0 opening run but Dragons drained three trebles in this 23-24 period. Again it was encouraging to see Ndah stroke a treble and Matias Boho also hit one as Rockets upped their shooting percentage too. Dixon drove repeatedly for 6 personal points whilst Richards was at the offensive end also hitting 6 personal points. After having to sit out much of the game due to personal foul trouble Davis scored again but the best move of the period was a Dixon block, a fast pass to Richards who returned the assist and Dixon finished with a finger roll. Richards completed Rockets scoring with a long two to secure Rockets lead at 60-49.

Matias Boho made a steal and then stopped Dragons next offence before David Chive made a steal and score. When Ed Potter scored Rockets had continued their excellent start to another quarter with a 8-0 run. Boho stroked a brace of trebles and Chive hit another as Rockets took the final period 26-14 to secure a fine win. Ndah took a charge in the final moments to show Rockets determination to play hard throughout the game.

The victory has secured Rockets place in the Play-off Championship but now they have 3 games to see how high in the league they can finish to establish if they have a home or away quarter final.

Top scorers for Rockets were Leome Francis with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Nick Richards hit 17 points with 7 rebounds, Matias Boho 11 pts and Ben Dixon with 10 pts.

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Details

Date Time League Season
08/03/2020 16:15 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Bradford College
31 Great Horton Rd, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AT, UK

Match Report – Derby Trailblazers v Reading Rockets

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Results

TeamScoreOutcome
Derby Trailblazers104Win
Reading Rockets97Loss

Other than Sam Grant who’s slowly recovering, Head Coach Alan Keane had a full squad for the away double header weekend starting with high flying Derby who were on a winning streak of 5-0.

It proved a tough assignment especially when one of the league’s best players, Malcolm Smith ,was in outstanding form as he poured in 33 points though Rockets pair of Liam Davis and Nick Richards had 27 and 25 points respectively as Rockets fought back from a disappointing opening half (38 -51 ) but took the second half 59- 53 though the victory eluded them.

Derby raced into a 7-0 lead before Liam Davis hit back to back scores though Leome Francis and Ben Dixon were called for offensive fouls on the dangerous Smith. Smith hit 18 of Derby’s 30 first quarter points with their Spanish guard helping himself to 8 including a rare 4 point play as he stroked the penalty point having hit a wide treble when being fouled. Davis scored 10 of Rockets 19 points in this period but Rockets’ lead scorer Nick Richards was kept quiet.

The second quarter began with Richards being his usual influential self , hitting 9 personal points and giving assists around the court. Though Rockets lost this period 19-21, there were signs of increased hope for the travelling supporters as Rockets got to within 6 points adrift of Trailblazers but then missed a score and Trailblazers hit a treble as Rockets trailed 38-51 at the interval.

Derby shot out of the blocks on the re-start as they hit 6 unopposed points to find themselves 19 up and even though Pau Mayor hit a treble , Derby replied immediately with one of their own. Richards stroked a treble as did Matias Boho and Mayor went 3 from 3 from the free throw line before Ben Dixon stroked a treble and Rockets were a much improved team chasing Derby though still being edged out by 29-28 in the third quarter and finding themselves 66-80 down.
Richards had hit double figures and Rockets hit 9 more points than in either of the two first quarters.

An 11-5 run at the start of the final period had Rockets within single figures of Derby as Rockets’ twin towers of Davis and Francis went to work inside hitting 19 points between them . Unfortunately Derby’s Bowman hit back to back trebles to give Trailblazers a 95-83 advantage with 4 minutes remaining. A Mayor assist to Francis followed by a drive by the Spaniard drew Rockets close again and they reduced the deficit to just 5 with just over a minute to go and the Derby supporters were nervous but then a slip by Smith was adjudged a foul and Derby stayed ahead but Rockets were playing much better and finished on a high taking the final period 31-24 .

Rockets top scorers were Liam Davis with 27, Nick Richards with 25, Pau Mayor with 18 and Leome Francis with 12.

Details

Date Time League Season
07/03/2020 19:30 NBL Div 1 2019 / 2020

Venue

Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre
14 Bracknell Dr, Derby DE24 0BP, UK