Ballers shoot for American schools

A group of young basketball players are on the verge of getting accepted by United States schools.

Five players are scheduled to try out for California-based schools by the end of the summer.

Samuel O’Garro, Shaad O’Garro and Deandre Simpson are slated to try out for the University of San Diego August 7-11.

Brothers Davion and Joshua Cotterell will have an interview with a high school in Santa Clarita, California at the end of August.

If successful the youngsters will get basketball scholarships to attend the institutions for the next academic year.

Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro, Technical Director for the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, says the boys are doing Cayman proud. He feels many more youngsters will want to follow their lead.

‘We at CIBA wish them all the best. The future looks rich and we know for a fact that there are other players to come who will follow in their footsteps.’

All the players were in Florida for developmental basketball camps at Eckerd College alongside Voot earlier this month.

The young men were previously members of Juniors, a squad that plays in the senior men’s basketball league.

Though their squad finished the season in the bottom third of the league, they all had solid individual seasons.

Samuel O’Garro led the league in scoring averaging 28.5 points and was in the top five in rebounding averaging 10.7 rebounds.

Shaad O’Garro was second in rebounds with 12.7 rpg and in the top five in assists with 5.7 apg.

Simpson was in the top ten in rebounds with 9.8 rpg.

Davion Cotterell was just outside the top 25 in assists with 2.2 apg.

Joshua Cotterell was third in scoring averaging 24 points a game.

The University of San Diego has a NCAA Division 1 athletics programme. They are best known as the team that upset the University of Connecticut in this year’s NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament.

Some of the more notable high schools in Santa Clarita are Valencia and William S. Hart.

Hart is the oldest school and has had success in its basketball programme. Valencia has won its basketball league championship twice in the last four years.

Voot went on to say CIBA intends to capitalize on this positive development. Plans are currently being finalized for a local U19 competition. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

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