Jorge Ebanks continues to be a bright spot for Cayman Islands basketball overseas.
Ebanks was named one of the best players in English basketball by Eurobasket.com, which claims to cover 416 leagues in more than 200 countries. The captain of the Tees Valley Mohawks in the English Basketball League was named Domestic Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and listed to the All-EBL Division One First Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Caymanian Jerome Narcisse, who also plays for the Mohawks, had a honorable mention for the All-EBL Division One First Team.
The accolades for Ebanks and Narcisse come after a dismal campaign for the Mohawks, who missed the league playoffs by finishing ninth with a 12-14 record. Injuries to Ebanks and other key contributors played a role in a dismal end to the Tees Valley campaign. Head coach Steve Butler, who also had a third Caymanian on the roster in Lloyd Samuels, says in spite of the final results he is pleased with his players and is looking forward to next season.
“I’ve really enjoyed coaching these guys this season, they are a credit to the club and it’s just a shame our season has come to an end and we’ve not made the play-offs,” Butler said. “Injuries have hit us hard at the wrong time of the season and I believe when we had a fully fit squad, we were a match to anyone in the league. To win silverware in this league you have to have a bit of luck every now and again but I felt we have had no luck this season.
“We played well in parts and then terribly in parts. It’s my job to make us more consistent for next season and the rebuilding process starts now. I’m already planning for next season and looking forward to it starting all again in September.”