Carl Campbell, 6’8” forward who has spent the last four years playing for London United at U16 and U18 level and finishing his education on our full time programme with Alec Reed Academy will continue his studies and basketball career after the summer break at The Phelps School in Pennsylvania. Carl had quite substantial interest from various schools in the US, but has finally committed to The Phelps School, being impressed by their facility and attention to the development and individual needs of their students.
Emma Chambers, Director of London United was very adamant about Carl’s choice when she stated “One of the clear weaknesses of basketball in this country is a blind desire of young people to end up in any given school on the other side of Atlantic. This leads to a large number of English players travelling to the US to attend very questionable establishments which fail to nurture their academic or athletic ability. These players come back after a year worse than before their journey with their basketball dreams in tatters. With Carl I’m very confident that we have chosen the right school for his development. The school has a fantastic location, very good academic record, impressive experience in dealing with international students and very sensible record of placing their students in Universities where they can truly blossom. For the past four years Carl was a pleasure to deal with both in academic and sporting terms and he fully deserves this chance.”
Head Coach Daniel Szatkowski also praised Carl’s approach to on and off the court duties when he stated: “You don’t come across people like Carl very often. Apart from his obvious physical talents, we are talking about a player who is extremely coachable and an absolute workaholic. For the past four years he was the backbone of our junior programme and I’m sure he will be equally successful in the USA.”
Carl himself was very grateful and humble when he delivered his verdict “I would like to thank the coaches at London United for believing in my true potential as well as providing me the opportunities to compete in international competitions. I’m looking forward to this opportunity as it is a new chapter in my life. I have definitely made notable progress in basketball and other aspects of life since I joined London United.”
London United would like to congratulate Carl and wish him the very best of luck for the future.