Some of Cayman’s brightest Under-19 basketball talents received fresh kudos.
Athletes from the Cayman Islands Youth Development Basketball Programme were recently presented with hardware from two basketball camps in the state of Florida last month.
Philip Webb earned the slam dunk trophy at the Billy Mims Camp, held at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He would also be named an all-star at the Five Star Basketball Camp at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
His team-mate for the local Shockwaves basketball club, Dominic Martucci, would also earn props at both camps. Martucci earned certificates for being on the winning team for the five-on-five competitions.
The nine team members were Webb, Christopher Collins, Rhomar Williams, Justin Nalty, Shaquille Heath, Jamaal Miller, Martucci, Maynor Brooks and Reuben Barnes.
Most of the young men earned their props at the Billy Mims Camp. Miller earned a trophy in the lay-up competition, Collins was named a pro level all-star and Barnes joined Webb and Martucci on the winning team for the five-on-five tournament.
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.
Special thanks goes to the sponsors, especially the Cayman Islands government, who helped finance the trip. The Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Youth and Sports would contribute over $8,400 towards this endeavour.
Head coach Daniel Augustine accompanied the young men and 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.”
The team members were selected by Augustine, who is a U19 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.