Hoopsters storm Florida

Athletes from the Cayman Islands Youth Development Basketball Program chased greatness abroad this month.

The nine players participated in two basketball camps in the state of Florida on 15-26 July. The first camp was the Billy Mims Camp, held at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. The second was the Five Star Basketball Camp at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Head coach Daniel Augustine stated it was a first for the programme, “This is historical for Cayman basketball and it’s only the beginning of great things to come.”

During those camps, the athletes faced an extensive two weeks of basketball training and had the opportunity to socialize with other young basketball enthusiasts from various countries.

The team members were selected by Augustine, who is a Under-19 basketball coach and head coach for Cayman’s mens basketball squad. The team was accompanied by Jamal Young, team manager, and Renee Barnes, team parent.

Consisting of all boys, the side featured members of youth clubs like the Bodden Town Reapers, Esso Blazers and Shockwaves. All of whom have competed in the 2011 and 2012 U19 and U16 basketball leagues in Cayman. The nine team members were Philip Webb, Christopher Collins, Rhomar Williams, Justin Nalty, Shaquille Heath, Jamal Miller, Dominic Martucci, Maynor Brooks and Reuben Barnes.