EABL 2020/21 structure confirmed 

The EABL structure for the 2020/21 season has been confirmed. 

The academy league will return with its two-conference format following months of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Myerscough College and Barking Abbey were crowned co-champions in 2019/20 after Basketball England made the decision to cancel the Play-offs to safeguard players and staff. 

The Northern conference retains a familiar look, with all eight teams returning from a year ago. The Southern Conference is down from nine teams to seven, with both BHASVIC and USP College bowing out after collecting just two wins between them last year. 

Here’s the full line up for 2020/21: 

Neal Hopkins and his assistant Troy Culley led a destructive Myerscough side to the Northern Conference summit in the regular season, boasting a 14-0 record in an undefeated season 

Bradley Kaboza (15.9ppg, 3.5apg, 14.3eff) and Amari Williams (13.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 20.9eff) both led the way to earn themselves a place in the EABL all-conference end of season line-up. 

In the Southern Conference, Barking retained their crown and didn’t disappoint under the guidance of coach James Vear, with Defensive Player of the Year Louis Norton (10.8ppg, 3.7apg, 13.1eff) and Veron Eze (14.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 14.4eff) enjoying memorable campaigns. 

Alongside their domestic dominance, both teams also enjoyed some solid performances in European competition, with Myerscough putting together a strong campaign in the EYBL and Barking doing well at the Adidas Next Generation tournament in Lithuania. 

Reflecting on the early finish to 2019/20, Myerscough assistant coach Troy Culley said: “I think when you look back at last season, there is an air of disappointment when you consider the success we had in Europe and the undefeated regular season in the EABL.  

“I feel the final against Barking would have been an interesting game, so there is a bitter taste that the season finished in the way it did and we missed an opportunity to match our overseas accomplishments.  

“In terms of this coming season, I’m looking forward to return to Myerscough for my fifth year and having the opportunity to contribute to the success we have had over the past few years both on and off-court.  

“We return with a good number of our group from last season and I am excited to get back on the floor and see what they can do, especially after such a long break.” 

Coach Vear is itching to get back onto the court with Barking and said: “It was disappointing the season had to end early but we also understood why that had to happen. I felt bad for the players who had put so much into the season and they did not get the chance to play in the final. 

“We are really looking forward to a new season, I think everyone is just happy to get back on court and playing again. 

“Our aims are to integrate the new players and compete against the best teams in the south and see where we end up at the end of the year  

I am excited by this new group and think it will be a good year. 

Northern Conference
Birmingham Metropolitan College: James Watt College
Charnwood College Riders
Derby College Trailblazers
Manchester Magic Academy
Myerscough College
Newcastle Eagles Academy
SGS College
The Sheffield College

Southern Conference
Barking Abbey Academy
City of London Academy – Southwark
Copleston High School & Sixth Form
Itchen College
John Madejski Academy / Reading Rockets
Oaklands College
The Canterbury Academy

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