Arin leads Hoopsters into Florida


A number of star basketball prodigies are heading to Florida. 

The Cayman Islands Hoopsters group will be sending some 18 young men in the Under-19 age group to the Billy Mims and University of Central Florida Five-Star camps on 14-24 July. 

Daniel Augustine serves as head coach and said these trips are important in raising the standard of local basketball. 

“This will be a good test for the boys and it will separate the hungry from the hungrier,” Augustine said. “This exposure will teach the boys character and help them gain more understanding of basketball in America. Continuing the trend with such visits, as started last year, plays a vital role in the preparation for our young and upcoming Caymanian athletes.” 

Representing Cayman will be Albis Amaya, Duncan Anderson, Reuben Barnes, Michael Brooks, Christopher Collins, Justin Collins, Joshua Ebanks–Brown, Juawon Ebanks, Matthew (Jace) Ebanks, Naithique Jackson, Shemar Lindsay, Franz Manderson Jr., Jahmoll Miller, Kameron Reynolds, Arin Taylor, Philip Webb, Rhomar Williams and Jamel Winton. They will be accompanied by nine chaperones. 

The Billy Mims camp takes place in Melbourne, Florida under coach Mims, who leads the Florida Institute of Technology basketball programme and previously coached professional teams in England for over 10 years. 

UCF’s Five-Star set-up is at the school arena in Orlando, Florida. The camp regularly attracts top US high school talent from both the varsity and junior varsity level.  

Local players did well in Florida last year. Philip Webb earned the slam dunk trophy at the Billy Mims camp and was named an all-star at the UCF camp. Dominic Martucci garnered certificates for being on the winning team for the five-on-five competitions. Jamaal Miller earned a trophy at the Melbourne camp in the lay-up competition with Christopher Collins being named a pro level all-star.  


Arin Taylor hopes to better his skills in Florida.


Joshua Ebanks-Brown is a promising talent. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES