Player Spotlight – Eddy Colley

Our weekly Wednesday feature is back once again and we’re heading to London this week to speak to another EABL standout about what makes them tick, how they got into basketball, their goals for this season and beyond, and much more.

This week, we’re chatting to Barking Abbey’s Eddy Colley

Name: Eddy Colley

Position: Point guard

Team: Barking Abbey

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m from the borough of Ealing in West London. I played numerous sports and went to school locally before deciding to take basketball up seriously.

I eventually made the decision to commute to Barking and pursue basketball fully in sixth form.

How and where did you first get into basketball?

I was 11 and I joined the Richmond Knights, where I stayed for an enjoyable five years before moving on.

Can you a remember a moment when you decided basketball was something you wanted to play more seriously? What happened?

There was a period of time where I saw former team mates go onto big things and I began to believe I could as well, having competed with them prior to them taking that next step.

What have been the biggest challenges of your basketball career so far? 

Battling the physical and psychological effects of an injury in my first year. It’s a period of time that’s so crucial for development and it was difficult.

Watching weeks pass stuck in rehab for such a long time was hard.

Who is the toughest player you’ve faced? What made them so difficult to play against?

I’d say Marquis Teague from the London Lions. Out on the perimeter, his speed, changes of directions and first step are so quick, like no one I’ve guarded before!

What are your current goals for the season?

Being in my second year now, a lot of my future is riding on this year’s performance.

I’m aiming to move closer towards my potential and prove to a US school that I’m deserving of a scholarship.

Do you have any plans or goals for next season?

Playing basketball in the US is something I’ve been set on for years now and everything I’m doing is in preparation for that opportunity.

What are you currently working on to take your game to the next level?

Becoming a more efficient facilitator, I think.

Being able to put my team mates in better positions to score is something I’ve put a lot of emphasis on.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started in basketball?

Follow your aspirations because the opportunity is very much there. There are more than enough programmes set up to help you succeed.

Who is your favourite basketball player and why?

Probably Paul George because of his elite skill set and the smoothness and freedom he plays with.

He’s someone I look up to a lot.

All image credits – Barking Abbey

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