Player Spotlight: Josh Steel

Josh Steel will be playing in his third year in the EABL with Barking Abbey, and looks for a breakout season in 2013-14 after a summer which saw him represent England Under-16s and make the Jordan Brand Classic International Game in Brooklyn, the USA.

Name: Josh Steel
Height: 6’4″
Postion: Guard
Team: Barking Abbey

What made you first start playing basketball?
I was always a very sporty kid and basketball was something I found interesting because it was different to things i had done before, like athletics. After my first game I just sort of fell in love with it and have been playing ever since.

How would you describe your game to people that haven’t seen you play?
I would say I’m an unselfish player but can score the ball and a good defender, versatile on offence and defence. Athletic, can shoot the ball. Maybe a little bit similar to rudy Fern√°ndez .

How would you evaluate England Under-16s’ performance at this summer’s Euros?
I believe we went way beyond anyone’s expectations of us, I think it was a shame that in the final minutes in the important games it didn’t go our way because we definitely turned into a top 3 kind of team in my opinion. As tough as it was I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with that team.

What was playing in the Jordan Brand Classic like?
Playing in the Jordan Brand Classic is possibly the greatest honour I’ve ever had. Representing my country on a global stage nothing beats that. Being able to play with and against players of that level is really fun also because we all have a high understanding of the game we instantly click on the court which I think is cool. It was also a way to go against players that are already known and respected so there is no better time to prove yourself.

What do you like to do off the court?
Off court I just like to chill with my team mates and have a good time, but I also enjoy my own company. I like to listen to music, watch TV or basketball, maybe read a little, play my PS3 – I’m a huge 2k fan so that’s what I do a lot of on there.

Which players do you look up to or base your game on?
I try and take a bit from everyone’s game but in particular; Carmelo, Kobe and MJ.

Who have been the toughest players you have gone up against in the EABL?
Last year against Terence Mustre, especially in the semi finals, once he got hot, he couldn’t miss. Being all in his face, body to body while he was shooting and he still managed to bank it in…for me as a defender that couldn’t have been anymore frustrating.

Last season you finished third in the league, losing in the semi-finals to eventual champions Harris – what was your take on the game?
We were missing David Akibo, who was a very big part of our team. We did a good job of making up for it, but like I just said, Terence was hitting some ridiculous shots and we just struggled to score towards the end of the game.

How are you feeling about BA’s roster this season and your chances in the EABL?
I’m excited about our roster this year, we have a lot of new guys that can make an impact and we are much bigger than last year. I’m very confident we have the potential to win the whole thing.

What are your hopes for the future, after BA, and long term?
I want get a scholarship to a good Division 1 school in the States, and my ultimate goal is to play in the NBA.

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