Vermont trip netted many benefits

Women’s basketball in Cayman is
reaching its critical stages and a pair of female players benefitted from a
recent trip to the US.

The Women of Valour Basketball
Club, in conjunction with the Department of Sports, recently took five young
men and two young ladies to Vermont. Accompanied by club founder Redver Ebanks,
the group took part in tryouts for the Vermont Technical College basketball
team. Vermont Tech sits on 544 acres in Randolph Centre, Vermont.

The Cayman players consisted of
Rashaad Powery-Saunds, Omar Clarke, Stefan Babb, Diego Smith and Kadane Hall
along with Amber Watson and Courtisha Ebanks. Watson (a 5’9 forward) and Ebanks
(a 5’10 guard/forward) are currently taking part in the Cayman Islands Basketball
Association national women’s league for the Lady Wolves and Lady Heels
respectively.

Upon arriving at the school, the
group was met by men’s coach John Dyer and local basketball star Kwei General,
who is now a freshman at Vermont Tech. The three-day visit involved meeting
with coaches, doing a campus tour and getting to know potential team-mates. During
the meeting, coaches evaluated players by giving them drills and short
scrimmages.

General was the starting point
guard for Silver Bullets in Cayman’s national men’s league. He states being at
the school is a positive and encourages more of his peers to follow in his
footsteps.

“The facilities here are great and
people are really friendly,” General said. “I believe that Vermont Tech is a
great start for a young Caymanian looking for a jump start as a collegiate
athlete. It’s also quiet and allows you to focus on your studies.”

Coach Ebanks, who has a Women of
Valour side in the national women’s league, states the young people on the
Vermont trip represented Cayman well.

“I believe the players did well
especially because it was the first time most of them have ever been to a
college tryout,” Ebanks said. “I am confident that at least two boys will be
picked to represent Vermont Tech in the 2011/12 season. Coach Dyer has already
expressed interest in 6’6 forward Rashaad and 6’2 guard/forward Omar and both
girls.”

The Women of Valour Basketball Club
would like to say thank you to all those persons who help to make this trip a
success because without such generous contributions the initiative would not
have been possible.