CI Hoopsters are excelling in this year’s combined Division 1 and Division 2 Men’s Basketball League.
With a record of five wins and four losses for the entire league comprised of 14 teams, Hoopsters finished on top of the D2 standings by winning all four matches.
The Hoopsters “Dream Big” theme does not stop there. Coach Daniel Augustine said, “We are using the league to prepare the boys to play at the Billy Mims Team camp at Florida Tech University in July.”
The team camp is comprised of high-level high school teams from around Melbourne, Florida, and the rest of the region.
Over three days the Hoopsters will compete in eight games, and during the weeks, they will play against high schools in Melbourne.
The benefit of the Hoopsters competing at team camps will enhance recruiting and give local players the opportunity to get scouted from the various colleges in the area, particularly Florida Tech.
Augustine said, “Recruiting is never easy for Cayman players, thus the reason we travel to the U.S. as frequently as twice a year with the hopes that our players get the opportunity within this wide field of basketball.
“Thankfully, we have been invited by Billy Mims [Florida Tech head coach], which will give our team a better evaluation especially for those vying to play college sports in America.”
The Hoopsters have developed talented players such as Arin Taylor, Juawon Ebanks, Reuben Barnes, Maynor Brooks, Christopher Collins, Philip Webb, Justin Nalty, Shemar Lindsay and Jayce Ebanks who have all played high school basketball in America and are vying to play at college level.
Hoopsters players already in U.S. high school teams are Arin Taylor and Juawon Ebanks, who are at Vanguard School in Lake Wales, and Christopher Collins, Maynor Brooks and Philip Webb, who graduated from Santa Clarita Christian School and may achieve either full basketball scholarships or academic scholarships.
Hoopsters also have a host of prodigies, including Albis Amya, Justin Collins, Josh Fur and Michael Brooks, all of whom will be attending high school in the United States.
“I can’t help but think about the journey these boys took to get where there are right now,” said Augustine. “It all started five years ago when eight boys decided to take their games to a different level and visited America for two weeks, something that has never been done in the history of Cayman Islands basketball.”
They spent two weeks playing every day for 12 hours. The hard work paid off. Everyone from the staff of CI Hoopsters are extremely proud of their achievements, said Augustine.
He added that the Hoopsters are grateful to have had government support over the last few years, as well as assistance from club coaches and technical director coach Victor “Voot” O’Garro.
Augustine added that CI Hoopsters are grateful to be sponsored by CayVisions and for the overwhelming support of parents and friends.