U14 EYBL Superfinal

Our talented U14 team took part in the last event of season 23-24, the EYBL Superfinal stage in the beautiful town of Sibiu, Romania. Superfinal was a thrilling event, filled with intense, high-level competition and standout performances. Coach Miguel’s team demonstrated remarkable skill and determination, facing a series of challenging games with respectful fight and effort.

Opening Game: Victory Against Spanish Santa Cruz 62-43
Our team started the tournament on a high note, securing a decisive victory against the Spanish team Santa Cruz 62-43. After a slow first half, our players showcased excellent teamwork and strategy, setting a strong tone for the rest of the competition. Highlights can be found here: London Elite (@london_elite_) • Instagram photos and videos

Second Game: Tough Loss to Hungarian Honved Budapest
In their second match, our team faced a formidable opponent in Hungarian Honved Budapest. Despite a valiant effort, we fell short with a score of 63-72, finishing second in our group. Our played fought till final whistle but opposition proved to strong on that day. Highlights: London Elite (@london_elite_) • Instagram photos and videos

Third game: Win Over Polish Side Energa Gdynia
Entering the playoffs, our team was determined to bounce back from the group stage loss. They did just that, delivering a commanding performance against the Polish team Energa Gdynia. The match ended with a 67-50 victory, propelling our team into the final game with renewed confidence.  Highlights: London Elite (@london_elite_) • Instagram photos and videos

Game 4: Defeat by London Stars
The final game of the tournament saw our team face off against the London Stars. Despite a strong start and relentless effort, we were ultimately defeated with a score of 66-80. This match was a testament to the team’s perseverance and skill, even in the face of tough competition. Watch highlights here: London Elite (@london_elite_) • Instagram photos and videos

Coach Miguel McKelvey summed up our 23-24 campaign: “EYBL was a great journey for the boys this year. We traveled to Istanbul, Poland and Romania and played against challenging competition that helped us grow as a team. It played an important role in developing team chemistry, and contributed to our success in the NBL season.”

Individual Accolades
Niko Sagiryan: All-Star 5
Niko Sagiryan’s exceptional performance throughout the tournament earned him a well-deserved spot on the All-Star 5 team. His contributions on the court were vital to our team’s success, showcasing his talent and dedication.

Iggy Zakrzewski: Team MVP
Iggy Zakrzewski was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). His outstanding play and leadership were instrumental in driving the team forward, making him a key player in every game.

The U14 Superfinal stage in Sibiu, Romania, was a remarkable journey for our team. With each of our nine players gaining much-needed experience, the season 23-24 is one for the books and will be remembered fondly. The future is indeed looking bright for our squad, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Coach Miguel and the entire team.

Coach Kieran’s Summer Development at Colorado University NCAA Division 1 Program

We are thrilled to announce that Coach Kieran will be embarking on an incredible summer experience trip to Colorado, where he will spend two months working with the esteemed Buffaloes’ Strength and Conditioning team. This opportunity places Coach Kieran at the heart of one of the powerhouses of NCAA athletics, promising a wealth of knowledge and networking potential.

Colorado Buffaloes: A Legacy of Excellence
The Colorado Buffaloes have a storied history in NCAA Division 1 athletics, particularly in basketball. Their prominence was once again highlighted in 2024 when both the men’s and women’s basketball teams secured spots in the March Madness tournament. This achievement underscores the program’s competitive edge and dedication to excellence.

Adding to their accolades, the men’s team also clinched an impressive 3rd place finish in the Pac-12 tournament, further cementing their status as a dominant force in collegiate basketball. Over the years, Colorado has produced 36 NBA players, with the most renowned being Chauncey Billups, a testament to the program’s ability to develop top-tier talent.

Immersive Experience in Strength and Conditioning
During his time in Colorado, Coach Kieran will work closely with the Buffaloes’ popular Strength and Conditioning team. This group is known for their innovative approaches and rigorous training regimens that contribute to the athletes’ outstanding performance on the court. Coach Kieran will gain hands-on experience in advanced training techniques, recovery protocols, and performance optimization strategies.

Enhancing Professional Networks
Beyond the practical skills and knowledge, this experience offers Coach Kieran a unique chance to expand his professional network. Interacting with coaches, trainers, and staff from a top American program will provide invaluable connections and insights. These relationships can open doors to future collaborations and opportunities within the competitive landscape of NCAA athletics.

A Step Towards Excellence
This summer trip to Colorado is more than just a professional development opportunity; it is a step towards excellence for Coach Kieran. The lessons learned and connections made will undoubtedly enrich his coaching career, benefiting not only him but also the athletes he trains.

“I will be in Colorado for two months with the Colorado University Buffaloes,” Coach Kieran shares enthusiastically. “I will be there to learn as much as I can from one of the best strength and conditioning staffs in the country. As I start to shift more towards strength and conditioning delivery, this kind of learning opportunity is one I couldn’t pass up. The IUSCA, (with whom I have done my L4 basketball strength and conditioning and introduction courses,) have been really valuable in making this possible for me. I am thankful for the opportunity.”

Nothing is guaranteed, but the opportunity to be with a program like the Buffaloes, coming off an appearance at this year’s March Madness, is truly exciting. “I know that, like anything, I will get out what I put in. As long as I learn and come back able to deliver and provide better for the players at Elite, I am happy.” Good luck to coach K on his extraordinary journey filled with growth, learning, and the chance to be part of something truly exceptional in the heart of Colorado!

U14 Squad Claims National Championship Title

The Elite U14 basketball squad achieved a remarkable feat by clinching the National Championship title in a thrilling season that will be remembered for years to come.

Having fallen short of victory in the previous season, the team harboured a sense of unfinished business, driving them to elevate their game to new heights. Their journey to the championship was marked by resilience, determination, and outstanding teamwork.

The season commenced with a perfect record of 22-0, propelling the boys into the playoff stage. The path to glory was not without its challenges, as they faced formidable opponents such as the London Warriors and the talented Manchester Giants in the quarterfinals. However, the team’s unwavering resolve saw them through to the Final Four Event, hosted at the prestigious National Performance Center in Manchester.

In the semifinal clash against London Legends, the team encountered a fierce challenge, but a stellar performance by Daniel Onuoha, who scored an impressive 42 points, propelled them to victory and secured their spot in the final.

The championship showdown against Manchester Magic proved to be a nail-biting affair, with momentum swinging back and forth throughout the game. Despite facing adversity, the team rallied together, with standout performances from Leo Bowman, Daniel Onuoha, and Zan Milovidov. Leo Bowman’s exceptional display earned him the title of Final MVP, tallying an impressive 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Daniel Onuoha continued to shine with his 37-point contribution.

In a display of sheer determination and skill, the team dominated the fourth quarter, securing a decisive 105-78 victory and etching their names in history as National Champions. Watch the highlights here of this remarkable achievement created by one of the most influential basketball videographers DezeReels.

Reflecting on the remarkable journey, Coach Miguel McKelvey expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishments. He attributed their success to their unwavering belief in themselves and their commitment to each other. He lauded the players not only for their achievements on the court but also for their character and resilience as young men.

The Elite U14 squad’s triumph in the National Championship stands as a testament to their dedication, teamwork, and unwavering spirit, solidifying their place as one of the finest youth basketball teams in the country.

U15 EYBL SUPERFINAL

London Elite U15 Squad Shines at EYBL Superfinal in Bucharest

London Elite’s U15 basketball squad recently showcased their talent and resilience at the prestigious EYBL Superfinal in Bucharest, Romania. Despite facing formidable competition and challenging circumstances, the team’s performance was nothing short of remarkable.

In their opening game, the squad faced the home team, Dan Dacian Bucharest, with a massive home crowd cheering against them. Undeterred, the London Elite players displayed exceptional skill and teamwork, securing a commanding victory with a 14-point lead.

However, the journey was not without its challenges. In the second game against Austrian USBC Juniors Graz, the team suffered a setback when they lost starter guard Nathanael Martelly to injury early in the match. Despite the adversity, they fought valiantly in another closely contested game.

In the semi-final showdown against Lanciano, the game went down to the wire, with London Elite narrowly losing by just 2 points. Despite the defeat, Lanciano went on to claim the EYBL championship, highlighting the caliber of competition at the tournament.

Individually, standout performances were recognized. Kaya Biersen was named the team MVP for his consistent excellence throughout the tournament, while Eugene Tatunciac earned a spot in the tournament’s All-Star 5, showcasing his exceptional skills on the court.

In the third-place game, all players contributed significantly, demonstrating significant improvements since the beginning of the tournament. Despite narrowly missing out on a podium finish, London Elite finished in a highly respectable 4th place out of 12 teams in the Superfinal.

Head Coach Andre Lowe summed up: ” Boys made me and the club proud. Going into such high calibre tournament and making it so far shows how talented this unit is. I could not be more proud of how this team came together. We had a never-give-up attitude and showed character and fight and narrowly missed out on the championship game by 2 points in a game which went down to the wire. Experience players collected is unmatched.”

The team’s performance at the EYBL Superfinal underscores their talent, resilience, and determination to compete at the highest level. London Elite’s U15 squad has once again proven themselves as a formidable contender on the international basketball stage, bringing pride and recognition to the club and their supporters.

U15 EYBL Superfinal Bound

Hello, our basketball family!!

Get ready to witness the remarkable journey of the London Elite U15 team as they compete on international courts, showcasing their phenomenal progress en route to the EYBL Superfinal.

Our U15 squad has showcased exceptional skill and unwavering determination throughout their journey, having already contested eight games on foreign soil. With a commendable record of 6 wins and just 2 losses, they have solidified their position as formidable contenders in every match they undertake. Their outstanding performance during the regular season has not only garnered attention but also secured their well-deserved place in the Superfinals, ranking among the top eight teams in the entire EYBL.

Now, the next chapter in their journey unfolds as they set their sights on Bucharest, Romania. This upcoming endeavour is not merely another competition; it is an opportunity for our young athletes to exhibit their talents on a grand stage.

The boys will spend five days immersed in the intensity of competition, aiming to elevate their performance and ultimately lift the European trophy. This ambition follows in the footsteps of our remarkable U13 team from last year, whose success serves as both inspiration and motivation for our current squad. Coach Dre quotes: “We managed an excellent record heading into the super finals with a 6-2 winning record. The plan and hunger still remains the same the squad we have might be the most balanced squad we’ve had across all 3 stages from 1-12 and I’m really excited and can’t wait to start.”

At the forefront of our team stand the exemplary talents of Kaya Birsen and Daniel Olusanya. Their leadership, coupled with their exceptional abilities, serves as a beacon of inspiration for their fellow teammates.

Guiding them with proficiency and dedication is our esteemed Head Coach, Andre Lowe. Through his strategic acumen and unwavering mentorship, our team is poised to achieve greatness.

In an effort to ensure that every moment is experienced by our fervent supporters, all games will be live-streamed. Regardless of your location, you will have the privilege of immersing yourself in the excitement and intensity of each match.

Stay attuned for regular updates, exclusive insights, and behind-the-scenes access as our London Elite U15 squad embarks on this unforgettable voyage. Together, let us witness the manifestation of history in the making.

Stay tuned for regular updates, exclusive insights, and behind-the-scenes access as our London Elite U15 squad embarks on this prestigious journey. Join us on Instagram for exclusive behind-the-scenes updates, coach interviews, game highlights, and much more. Let’s come together and witness the making of history!

THE YEAR 2023 SUMMARY

Year 2023 – A Remarkable Chapter in Our 4-Year Journey

As we bid farewell to 2023, a year etched in the annals of our club’s history, we reflect upon the incredible milestones that have made it arguably the most successful in our four-year journey.

National League Triumphs:
The year kicked off with resounding success as our U18 squad secured a coveted spot in the National Cup final after a fierce battle against Milton Keynes. Facing the London Legends in a thrilling final played in Manchester, our boys emerged victorious, clinching the title of National Champions. Simultaneously, our Division 2 side, under the guidance of Coach Daniel Szatkowski, achieved promotion to Basketball England’s top tier – Division 1.

Our talented junior teams continued the winning streak, with two squads making it to the Final Four event in Manchester. The U14s and U18s showcased their prowess, promising a formidable future for our club.

In the realm of girls’ basketball, our debut season in the National League saw our young squad earning promotion to the U16 South Premier League, marking a monumental achievement for our girls’ side.

EYBL Campaign:
Our foray into the European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) was nothing short of spectacular. The U20 team, under the strategic leadership of Oskar Striuga, embarked on a journey to Levice, Slovakia. The team exhibited commendable resilience against top-tier opponents, ultimately securing a remarkable 7th-place finish.

On the other side of the spectrum, our U13 squad, masterfully guided by Coach M. McKelvey, ventured to Budapest, Hungary. Displaying an upward trajectory in skill and passion, our young players faced off against formidable teams from across Europe. With standout performances from L. Bowman, D. Onuoha, and Z. Milovidov, the unthinkable was achieved – the U13 EYBL CHAMPIONSHIP! This triumph not only resonates within our club but also echoes across the European basketball community, marking a historic milestone for our organization.

Individual Achievements:
Our commitment to player development was further exemplified by numerous call-ups to represent London and the UK. Standout players such as Kaya Birsen, Ata Charles,E. Ahamefule, S. Emanelo, L. Campbell, and N. Djanogly earned spots in various national teams during the Euro Campaign 2023.

As the summer unfolded, our players garnered attention from programs worldwide, receiving offers from renowned institutions such as Jefferson College ( Devonte Sanusi), Adam’s University Philippines ( RJ SanDiego), Florida Coastal Prep ( Elise Guede), LA Sierra ( Jonah Bediako), Western Texas ( Liam Campbell), Strength and Motion Prep ( Hunter Kelleher), and Brewster Academy ( Nathaniel Djanogly).

A Glimpse into 2024:
As we celebrate the successes of 2023, we eagerly anticipate an even more remarkable 2024. The foundation has been set, and with unwavering dedication, we are poised for greater achievements, both on and off the court.

Cheers to a stellar 2023, and here’s to an even brighter 2024!

Back at it

The U15 team is gearing up for an unforgettable journey to Rome from the 7th to the 9th of September to participate in the prestigious EYBL U15 First Stage tournament. Organized by one of Europe’s premier junior clubs, Stella Azzura, this tournament promises fierce competition and unparalleled experiences for our young athletes. The U15 squad is eagerly anticipating this opportunity to showcase their talent on an international stage.

The Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 7th, 7:00 PM (UK Time): Our journey begins with an exciting clash against BC Sibiu from Romania. It’s a prime time match that will set the tone for our campaign in Rome.
  • Friday, September 8th, 10:00 AM (UK Time): On Friday morning, we face off against the formidable Italian side, Unibasket Lanciano. The early kickoff promises an intense battle on the court.
  • Friday, September 8th (Afternoon): After a thrilling morning game, our squad will take a break to explore the enchanting city of Rome. Sightseeing and cultural immersion await as we soak in the beauty of this historic city.
  • Saturday, September 9th, 8:00 AM (UK Time): We return to action early on Saturday morning, facing DEAC Academy from Hungary. The team is determined to bring their A-game and make their mark on the tournament.
  • Saturday, September 9th, 1:00 PM (UK Time): The closing game of this memorable journey takes place against Honved Budapest. The players are ready to leave it all on the court in pursuit of victory.

Meet Coach Dre Andre: We are thrilled to welcome Coach Dre Andre to our coaching squad. With a wealth of experience and enthusiasm, Coach Dre Andre will lead our U15 team during the upcoming season. In his own words, “I’m extremely excited to be joining a continuously improving program and a well-established organization within the community. During our EYBL experience, I aim to provide the players with the correct tools on and off the court to compete at the highest level among Europe’s best. We want to instill a hungry mentality and have a remarkable season in the NBL.”

Stay Connected: We encourage all our supporters to stay connected with us throughout this exciting journey. We will be providing regular updates on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us for behind-the-scenes action, player interviews, and more.

Live Streaming: For those unable to be in Rome, fear not! You can catch all the games live on our YouTube channel. Join us in supporting our boys as they embark on this new EYBL campaign for the 2023-2024 season. Let’s show our unwavering support and cheer them on from wherever you are in the world.

This trip to Rome is not just a basketball tournament; it’s an opportunity for our U15 squad to grow, learn, and make lasting memories. We’re excited to represent our club, our community, and our country on the international stage, and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes us. Go Elite!

A road less travelled.

It sounds like an incredible journey lies ahead for your U13 basketball team! The opportunity to travel to New York City and play against top teams like Asphalt Green and compete in the Summer Nationals tournament help between 18th and 20th of August at Spooky Nook is undoubtedly an exciting and challenging experience.

Playing against strong American competition will be a valuable learning experience for your players. It will not only test their skills and abilities but also provide them with the chance to measure their progress against elite teams. Such exposure will be instrumental in their development as both individual players and as a cohesive team.

Winning the EYBL title previously shows the potential and talent within your U13 team, and taking part in the Summer Nationals will help further nurture that potential. Under the guidance of Head Coach Miguel McKelvey, the boys will likely gain valuable insights, tactics, and strategies that will contribute to their growth on the court.

Trips like these not only foster basketball development but also offer unique cultural experiences for the players. Exploring New York City and experiencing its diverse and vibrant atmosphere will be an unforgettable aspect of the journey.

This trip marks a significant milestone in your team’s journey as they prepare for the 2023-2024 NBL U14 Prem season. The experiences gained during this adventure will undoubtedly contribute to their continued progress and success.

The journey has just begun, and we’ll be providing regular updates to keep you connected with every thrilling moment, from the court to the heart of the action. Stay tuned for inspiring victories, unforgettable plays, and the incredible experiences that this tournament holds for our talented U13 squad. 🏆🌎

Wishing our U13 team all the best in their endeavours as they embark on this road less travelled and continue to strive for excellence both on and off the basketball court!

#U13TournamentJourney #FollowTheAction #UnstoppableSpirit #LondonElite

Here we come

In an exhilarating season of hard work, dedication, and sheer talent, the London Elite Basketball Club has achieved a remarkable feat: promotion to the prestigious NBL Division 1. The club’s success can be attributed to the exceptional efforts of last year’s squad, whose relentless determination secured their place in the top division. As the club celebrates this historic milestone, it is worth acknowledging the positive impact this achievement will have on the community, as well as the promising opportunities it presents for aspiring young players and devoted fans.

The promotion of London Elite Basketball Club to NBL Division 1 signifies a new chapter in the club’s history, one that promises exciting challenges and opportunities. This achievement will undoubtedly inspire young players throughout London and beyond, igniting their passion for basketball and encouraging them to dream big. Aspiring athletes will now have a club within their reach, a platform where they can showcase their skills and strive for greatness.

London Elite Basketball Club’s promotion to NBL Division 1 is not only a cause for celebration within the club but also for the entire community. The success of the club will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the local area, fostering a sense of pride and unity. As the team competes against the country’s finest basketball clubs, it will attract larger audiences, creating a vibrant atmosphere that will energize fans and inspire young spectators.

The competition organised by kit king and BE will be a good first test for our program as we dive into division one competition.

The competition will again be organised by NBL1 Men’s clubs in partnership with naming rights holder Kitking.co.uk and BE.
It will see all 14 NBL1 clubs, plus a pair of invited Division Two sides, competing in four regional groups of four. Our first team will face Thames Valley Cavalier, Hemel Storm (last year winner) and Essex Rebels. Tickets will be available soon.

Tim Brown, former BE Board member and chair of the Men’s Division One group, said:
“I would like to thank KitKing.co.uk for their ongoing support as we push the competition from strength-to-strength.
“The D1 men’s clubs are continuing to grow and move the league forward as a group with Basketball England’s support, making this an exciting time for both the sport and the Trophy itself.”

The promotion of London Elite Basketball Club to NBL Division 1 is a momentous achievement that deserves to be celebrated. The success of last year’s squad has laid a solid foundation for the club’s future, raising aspirations and providing exciting opportunities for young players and fans alike. As the club embarks on its journey in the top division, we eagerly anticipate the thrilling challenges that lie ahead while recognizing the positive impact it will have on the community. The London Elite Basketball Club has truly become a symbol of excellence, unity, and inspiration for basketball enthusiasts everywhere.

With season coming soon, we will be announcing coaching staff, new signing and sponsors through out month of August. Look out this space for amazing news about your Division 1 team.

U16 Girls Plans revealed.

London Elite U16 Girls Team, after an outstanding season, has achieved promotion to the premier division for the highly anticipated 2023-24 season. The team’s success is attributed to their hard work and dedication. We are thrilled to announce the addition of the exceptional coach of Hugh Wilkinson, a former National Cup champion and national finalist. Furthermore, the team is set to make their mark on the international stage as they prepare to compete in the prestigious European Girls Basketball League (EGBL).

London Elite Girls Team’s promotion to the premier division marks a significant milestone in the team’s history. After an impressive season, they have demonstrated their exceptional skills, teamwork, and determination, earning them a well-deserved spot in the top-tier league. The promotion not only reflects the team’s growth and development but also raises their profile within the basketball community.

The appointment of Coach High Wilkinson to lead the London Elite Girls Program has generated excitement and anticipation among players, fans, and basketball enthusiasts alike. With a remarkable track record as a former national cup champion and national finalist, Coach Wilkinson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the team. His strategic approach, ability to inspire players, and focus on player development are expected to elevate the team’s performance to new heights. Coach Hugh said”I am excited to be joining London Elite as the club creates opportunities to showcase talent on a number of platforms and provides rounded player support to help facilitate a player’s basketball journey. I have seen London Elite grow in success at a rapid rate and have great respect for the way the club has propelled itself up the ranks in basketball. I want to help to grow another branch of the game at the club which will hopefully make a lasting impact”

In addition to their domestic success, the London Elite Girls Team is preparing to compete on the international stage at the prestigious European Girls Basketball League (EGBL). This highly regarded competition features elite teams from across Europe, providing the Elite girls with an opportunity to showcase their skills and represent their club and country. Participating in the EGBL will expose the team to a higher level of competition, allowing them to gain invaluable experience and test their abilities against some of the best teams in Europe.

As the Elite Girls Team gears up for the upcoming premier division and the EGBL, they are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations. Coach Wilkinson, along with her coaching staff, is focused on refining the team’s strategy, enhancing individual skills, and fostering a cohesive playing style. Intensive training sessions, tactical analysis, and friendly matches against strong opponents are all part of the team’s rigorous preparation process.

The players, too, are eagerly embracing the challenge ahead. Their dedication and commitment to improving their game have been evident throughout the season, and they are determined to make the most of their promotion and international opportunity. With a combination of experienced veterans and talented young prospects, the U16 Girls Team is poised to make a strong impression both domestically and internationally.

The U16 Girls Team’s promotion to the premier division and their participation in the EGBL marks an exciting new chapter for the club. With the guidance of Coach High Wilkinson, a renowned figure in the sport, the team is primed for success. As they embark on their journey in the premier division and prepare for the international stage, our girls team aims to continue their winning ways, inspire young athletes, and leave a lasting impression in the world of girls’ basketball.

If you are interested in joining this exciting project, contact Daniel on 07453314867 or info@londonelite to book your slot at our trials taking place on the 6th and 13th of July!