Summer Showcase – week 1 preview

EABL basketball is back, with Basketball England’s new seven-week competition set to get under way tomorrow.

The Summer Showcase will focus on player development and won’t crown an overall team winner upon completion, instead aiming to stage as many games as possible in a safe and responsible environment, given the current COVID climate.

Week 1 begins with six EABL games split between the North and South, with three games tomorrow and three this weekend.

North Pool

SGS College v The Sheffield College

The Northern pool of the Showcase gets underway with Sheffield’s trip to Bristol to face SGS College tomorrow.

Both these sides missed the playoffs in 2019/20 and will be looking for an upturn in form to provide a platform for 2021/22.

SGS’ Louis Weaver, Tom Browne and Nassim Ladjimi were all given the opportunity to train with BBL parent side Bristol Academy Flyers in 2020/21 by head coach Andreas Kapoulas, an experience they’ll look to build on in the Showcase.

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Manchester Magic Academy v Myerscough College

North West rivalries resume on Saturday afternoon as Myerscough take a trip to Manchester to face the Magic.

‘Sco were crowned co-champions of 2019/20 following the abandonment of the playoffs, and with the likes of Franklin Agu, Great Osobor and transfers David Chive and Wakeem Richardson, expect another strong showing here.

Head coach Peter Paraskeva still has plenty of talent at his disposal, with Manchester boasting a number of class of ’21 players on the roster.

Look for third year 6’2 guard Malachi Boakye-Yiadom to make his mark, with the former GB U16 man an exciting player to watch.

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Charnwood College Riders v Derby College Trailblazers

There’s an NBL feel about tomorrow’s Midlands clash between Charnwood and Derby, with a number of players set to feature who have already been busy this season.

Derby’s reigning EABL North MVP Blake Bowman and Dominic Prospere were both named as part of the Trailblazers’ 12 for last weekend’s playoff defeat by Newcastle, and University of Missouri Kansas City commit Bowman is a front runner for the D1M Young (U19) Player of the Year award.

Likewise, Loughborough tasted playoff defeat last weekend to D1 regular season champs Solent, but Greg Wild, Kanu Gudza and Victor Ndoukou all saw the court and have earned some valuable experience this season.

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Flynn Boardman-Raffet (black kit) in action for Barking (Luke Simcock)

South Pool

Copleston High School v The Canterbury Academy

Defeated playoff semi-finalists from 2019/20 Copleston kick off their Summer Showcase by welcoming Canterbury tomorrow.

With EABL South Conference MVP Ethan Price at their disposal, plus a number of other 01′ born players, Copleston will no doubt be looking for some productive outings over the next seven weeks.

Canterbury also boast an impressive roster, with sharpshooter Will Raife back once more, and Kieran Farrell fresh off a spell with NBL1 outfit Worthing Thunder.

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City of London Academy v John Madejski Academy

Guard Latrell Maitland and forward Kivuvu Live highlight Reading’s roster as they head into their opening fixture against CoLA.

Both have featured for the D1 Reading Rockets this season, with the 6’7 Live averaging just over 10 minutes a game for 4.2PPG and 3.3RPG.

CoLA missed the EABL playoffs last season, and with no ’01 born players on their roster for this summer’s Showcase, it’s an opportunity for head coach Jay Williams to begin building with a younger group.

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Oaklands College v Barking Abbey

The only South pool game to be played this weekend, BA travel to Oaklands on Saturday afternoon for what should be an entertaining clash.

Kane Daley played 28.4 minutes per game for Oaklands in the NBL this season, closing with an impressive 14.6PPG.

Nick Powdrell, Oliver Wright and Seth Wylie all joined Daley as part of Oaklands’ youth movement in D1, that core should be able to put up some solid performances this summer.

In terms of experience, no EABL side can rival Barking, who finished 7-12 in NBL1 with the majority of their academy roster.

Expect Flynn Boardman-Raffet, Veron Eze and Abi Adedo to all come out firing as coach Vear has a lot of weapons at his disposal.

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