The 2023 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic elevated to new heights with 1700 in attendance as the top under-19 talent from across the country took to the floor.
Taking place on Sunday May 28th at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the second straight year, an Under-19 Women and Under-19 Men’s game, along with 3-point shoot out, dunk contest, was supplemented by an expanded coaching conference in partnership with the British Coaches Association (BCA).
The event was sponsored by Jordan as presenting partner, Sportserve, Molten and 5or6.
Jordan Family Trials
On Saturday morning, Hoopsfix worked with Jordan to do their ‘Family Trials’, working with the Brixton Topcats junior sides for a skills clinic led by pro trainer Gary Maitland. They were taught Jayson Tatum inspired moves while trialling the new Tatum 1 sneaker.
With the BCA launching for the second time, and working alongside FIBA and Basketball England, a world-class line up of nine speakers were secured, headlined by Israeli Arik Shivek, the former head coach of the senior Israeli national basketball team, and Spain’s Luis Guil Torres, an assistant coach with the senior Spanish national team who is a reigning World and European champion.
Joining Shivek and Torres was Bristol Flyers Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas, fresh off a top three BBL Championship finish, Baltic Stars’ Jordanas Mejeras, London Lions’ and renowned skills coach Gary Maitland.
Additionally, former Lions Head Coach and British basketball legend Vince Macaulay, Sussex University’s Rob Newson, West Ham’s Head of Performance & Well-being Jenny Coady, plus MVMT Sport’s Co-Founder Simon Turner all spoke to an audience of over 50 coaches, some who had travelled internationally to attend.
3-Point Shoot Out
William Issekya was crowned as the 3-Point Shootout winner at the 2023 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic at Crystal Palace, on Sunday.
The Milton Keynes guard edged out Nedas Cholevinskas in a thrilling finale on the final rack to become the latest winner of the contest.
Six players competed in the mixed gender event with Anna Nevison, Liv Forster, Fatmata Janneh and Louie Tucker missing out in the first round.
Under-19 Women’s Game
Team White produced a dominant first half display on their way to recording a 91-53 victory over Team Black in the Under-19 Women’s game.
Fatmata Janneh claimed the MVP award with an impressive statline of 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Ebere Egbirika was another standout candidate with a game-high of 26 points.
Meanwhile, Abbey Whitehouse also added a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win, with Team Black led by Faye Endean’s 15 points.
Josiah Philip defeated Lane Campbell in a thrilling final battle to take the Dunk Contest title at the 2023 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, on Sunday.
With a final round score of 140, Philip joined the event’s list of illustrious names to be crowned champion of the contest.
Under-19 Men’s Game
Team Black recorded a strong 96-66 victory over Team White in the Under-19 Men’s game at the 2023 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.
Vince Macaulay’s side ran out comfortable winners behind the performances of Nedas Cholevinskas and Chudi Dioramma at Crystal Palace, on Sunday.
Cholevinskas took home the MVP award with 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while Dioramma added 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks with Louie Tucker contributing 16 points off the bench.
Additionally, to elevate the whole event experience this year saw an NBA 2K gaming room, a nail salon, barber shop, VIP room, Jayson Tatum van, pink lemonade stand and Tatum shoe display.
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