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United search for challengers to take on European Goliaths

London United are holding a series of trials in the search for players to take part in the squad competing in EYBL competition, the first will take place on Thursday 13th August 4-6pm at The Harefield Academy (UB9 6ET).

London United are to compete in the U17 Division I category of the European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for the 2015 / 2016 season. The competition format of the EYBL  and the calibre of the participating teams has created a junior ‘Euroleague’ competition to crown the best club team across Europe in junior age categories. The competition involves the biggest renowned club names such as  CSKA Moscow Russia, VEF Riga Latvia, Sabonis BK Lithuania, Tallin Kalev Estonia, Alba Belin Germany, Stella Azzura Italy and many more.

With EYBL competitions firmly established on the Junior European elite scene and with such notorious European club names being involved it is no surprise that many European National teams feature squads comprising predominantly of players featuring in EYBL competition. As an example 12 of the final 15 candidates for the Latvian national basketball team for this year’s European championship are EYBL players with similar numbers from other European National team line ups. Many star players previously taking part in EYBL competitions have also progressed to Euroleague and the NBA.  The roll call of EYBL hall of famers includes; Andris Biedrins (Utah Jazz), Linas Kleiza (ex Toronto Raptors, currently Fenerbahce), Mantas Kalnietis (Zalgiris), Jonas Valančiūnas (Toronto Raptors), Alexey Shved (ex Khimki, currently New York Knicks), Donatas Motiejūnas (Houston Rockets) and Anton Ponkrashov (ex UNICS Kazan, currently CSKA Moscow).

The first phase of the competition will take place in Latvia in mid October with London United competing in the U17 division against CSKA Moscow, Ridzene and Riga.

Due to European age categories players taking part in this competition MUST be born 1st January 1999 or later. The first of the trials will take place on Thursday 13th August 2015 4-6pm at The Harefield Academy (UB9 6ET).

For further details and to book your place at the trials please contact Jack Majewski on 07951762821 (gm@londonunited.eu) or Daniel Szatkowski on 07453314867 (coach@londonunited.eu).