BASKETBALL: Selby Hind-Wills reaches 13 in Luol Deng Top 50 camp

South East U17s basketball team SUS-150809-140440002
South East U17s basketball team SUS-150809-140440002

Gossops Green basketball star Selby Hind-Wills was invited to the prestigious Luol Deng Top 50 Camp at Crystal Palace.

This is a 4-day residential camp that invites 50 of the nation’s brightest talents to put their abilities to the test in a bid to be ranked the UK’s #1.

On day one, following a series of evaluations that evening, players were given an initial ranking. As the Camp progresses, each players’ performance influenced their position and, on the final day the official rankings list was announced in front of an audience of basketball enthusiasts.

Hind-Wills worked his way into the top 20 by Day 2, and by Day 4 found himself finishing with a final ranking of 13. This earned him a spot in the All-Star game (Top 20 only), where his Red team beat the Green team 72-71 in overtime.

The 5th/6th September saw the U17 Boys Regional Development Tournament be held at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena.

The RDT is a tournament where all ten regions take their chosen U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls teams to battle it out to become champion. Preparation for this tournament is carried out through our Regional Development Programme, where focus is on individual player and team development.

The RDT is where the U16 and U18 national squads are selected by a team of national coaches. Around 30 U16 and U18 boys and girls are chosen to play in the England national squads. As well as this, a further 20-25 U15 and U17 boys and girls are chosen for our National Development Programme.

Denny Burling (Ifield) made his 6th straight appearance for the South East (a squad comprising of the best players from Sussex, Surrey and Kent), while Chubie Mirembe (Broadfield) made his first appearance for the team.

Karl Youngman (Gossops Green) was set to be one of 3 assistants for the team, but when the Head Coach was called to Vietnam to coach their National Team, Youngman became joint Head Coach with Tom Ward from Brighton.

The South East won their first game against East 60-59. They then went on to beat London 61-60, with a last second free throw, and lost to North West 62-61 with a last second 3 point shot. However the South East had done enough in the group stages to make it through to the finals where they played East again.

The South East found themselves 12 points down in the 3rd quarter, but rallied a 14 point swing and found themselves with a 2 point lead going into the final 2 minutes. Burling proceeded to score the South Easts last 7 points, to seal a 63-57 victory, and give the South East their first ever RDT title.

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