Due to the constantly changing unstable situations with international travel caused by the Covid-19 pandemic this years edition of the Future Stars U18 International Tournament will now take place in late December 2021.
Brunel University in London will provide a platform for top U18 European club teams to battle against the cream of American talent. Legendary AAU team owner Linzy Davis who in the past has brought to Europe a young Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez, Rudy Gay, Thaddeus Young and Nick Calathes will come to London with a new crop of American stars. Linzy has left no doubt about the strength of his team stating, “We have put together a special roster filled with the best players in the USA. This may prove to be the most talented team to ever come to Europe. We are loaded with potential future pros and I’m talking here pros going to the NBA.”
USA Elite will compete against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid, Valencia Basket, England U18 National Team and London United.
Steve Bucknall, Basketball England’s Performance and Technical Manager and notably the first English player to play in the NBA, was very clear about the importance of Future Stars for the development of British basketball, “Future stars is the best youth age domestic tournament in our country and has been for a number of years, ever since I coached in their first organized Future Stars event. As for performance, our increased awareness of providing elite players with better competition opportunities is a key strategy in developing our emerging talent. We want to accelerate the growth and learning of tactical skills and the technical and mental robustness required by our players so they can win big games at the Euros. The emphasis at the Future Stars event has always been the development of our aspiring coaches and the athletes and this year will be no exception. Throughout my extensive years as a player and Coach from UNC, Lakers and European Leagues I have experienced that better performers only get better by being in environments which push their boundaries and test their ability to handle pressure. The Future Stars tournament has always provided us with this type of environment.”
Keeping with tradition the Future Stars 2021 event will also feature a National Coaching Clinic with top European coaches specialising in working with young players sharing their expertise with the UK audience.
More details to be released soon.