A fantastic year for Myerscough College’s basketball students has been capped with three of them named as among the best in the country.
Kyle Carey has been named EABL (Elite Academy Basketball League)West Conference Player of the Year after averaging 19.1 points (fifth in the league), 9.5 rebounds (fifth), 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and just short of a block per game (0.9), while leading the EABL in efficiency rating at 23.7.
This marks great recognition for Kyle who has also had a breakout season with the Lancashire Spinners in the Division One of the National Basketball League.
Kyle said: "Winning the Player of the Year of the West Conference is a big achievement for me. I'm fortunate to have played with teammates who have helped put me in this situation.’’
“The EABL is a great platform for players in the UK to make it to the next level. From the stats, to the highlights, it’s good to see English basketball taking steps in the right direction.”
As well as being named player of the year Kyle was also selected as part of the EABL West Conference first team of the year.
Alex Roberts also marked a memorable season in the EABL by joining Kyle in the West Conference first team after registering 11.9 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game as well as 2.3 steals per game.
Alex who saw his season cut short due to injury but still lead Myerscough in his role as captain to an undefeated regular season and was a key figure the Academy achieving an 18-month undefeated streak.
Fellow student, Zion Tordoff, marks a fantastic debut season for Myerscough College in the EABL and has been recognised in his selection for the West Conference second team after averaging 13.8 points per game as well as 5.2 rebounds.
Zion burst onto the scene with standout performances for Myerscough in National League Division 3 and joined Kyle and Alex on the Division 1 roster with the Lancashire Spinners and helped them secure a play-off spot in their first season in D1 of the English Basketball League.
Myerscough College’s Basketball Academy Head Coach, Neal Hopkins, said: ‘’It's awesome to have these young men recognised.
‘’Zion, Kyle and Alex are our hardest working guys and playing basketball means so much to them. They value every game and have been a joy to work with, I'm extremely proud of them as is everyone at Myerscough.’’
In the EABL, this season the Academy completed a perfect record in league competition in the West Conference, before going on to make the national final. There’s still plenty for the Academy to play for too, including the U18s playing in the national cup quarter final at the weekend. Meanwhile several students were selected to join the England and Wales National Team training camps over Easter.
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by Dave Salmon