|La Caja Gran Canaria - Spanish EBA|
An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Began his career at the amateur club level in England with Medway Park Crusaders at 13. Left for Spain after accepting a scholarship to Gran Canaria’s academy in 2006-07. Competed with C.B. Aguimes in Canaria the following season while making three appearances with Real Madrid’s junior team in the Nike International Junior Tournament. Moved to Belgium in 2008-09, playing for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, which was coached by Chris Finch, head coach of England’s national team. Returned to Gran Canaria in 2009-10, playing with its junior team in the EBA, Spain’s fourth division. Loaned later in the season to BBC Monthey of Switzerland. Has represented England in national team play at the U-16 and U-18 level. At 15, became the youngest player to ever compete at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007.
2009-10: Started the season with Gran Canaria playing for the junior team, La Caja Gran Canaria, in the Spanish EBA. Averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game over three appearances. Totaled 16 points in 21 minutes vs. Majadahonda. Registered 15 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Asefa Estudiantes. Dressed but did not play for Gran Canaria’s senior team. Loaned to BBC Monthey in Switzerland, where he played six games before separating his shoulder. Averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.3 minutes. Converted 21-of-23 free throws (.913).
2008-09: Competed in Belgium for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, averaging 5.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in just 6.0 minutes over three games. Hit all five of his field goal attempts, each of which came during a 15-point performance vs. Verviers-Pepinster in only 10 minutes of play. Also spent time with Dexia Mons-Hainaut’s second team in Belgium’s third division, helping the squad go 16-8 in Group B. Played two games in Nike Junior International Tournament for German club Brose Baskets, averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 29.3 minutes. Played two games at the 2009 U-18 European Championship for England, averaging 29.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. Registered 34 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Belgium, converting 4-of-6 three-pointers. Invited to play for Team Europe at the adidas Nations Tournament in the United States.
2007-08: Played for C.B. Aguimes of the Junior League of Canaria. Scored 30 points vs. Unelco. Also played in three games for Real Madrid’s junior team at the Nike Junior International Tournament, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22.4 minutes. Totaled 24 points and eight rebounds vs. FMP.
2006-07: Played for Gran Canaria’s U-16 cadet team at the Spanish Academy level. Also competed for its U-18 junior squad. Posted a 33-point performance in leading his club to a championship. Played for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit at just 15 years old, going 0-2 from the field in three minutes. Represented England at the 2007 U-16 European Championship. Averaged 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over seven appearances in helping his squad to its highest-ever finish (fourth). Tallied 30 points and 14 rebounds vs. Sweden and 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Hungary.
2005-06: Played for the Medway Park Crusaders club team, making regular appearances with the senior squad at only 14 in the English Basketball League’s third division by the end of the season. Averaged four points and four rebounds. Helped the Crusaders finish runner up in the 2006 National Shield. Competed for England at the 2006 U-16 European Championship despite being a year younger than most of the players in the tournament. Finished second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.6 rpg). Notched 14 points, 16 rebounds (11 off.), three assists and three steals in the opening game vs. Romania.
Strengths: Mobile. Has great length at the forward position. Aggressive scorer. Good shooting touch. Solid rebounder.
Personal: Selected in 2008 to participate at the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Europe program.