The Warwickshire Warriors franchise has launched three high anticipated teams to enter National Basketball League and Youth Basketball League competitions. Tryouts for the teams launched on 4 July and have seen more than 50 players register interest in playing. The first phase was so successful, an additional phase was set up due to the amount of players that registered.
One of these is an Under-17 premier youth programme that will see them play in the YBL. There will be an Under-18 NBL programme and a Senior Men’s NBL team.
Several Great Britain team and England national prospects showing up at Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. This included Pharrell Wallace-Steele, a 6’7, 17-year-old power forward, who has played in Bundesliga and represented Britain.
Team founder Roger Payne said: “There is an abundance of talent in the Midlands looking to play NBL basketball, and we have already seen many at our first tryouts.
“The Warwickshire Warriors are offering a great opportunity to talented players looking to develop, excel and build their reputation, and we have big ambitions to become the best competitive franchise in the country.”
The Warriors are part of the Ballers Heaven family run by former player and coach Roger Payne, and his son Bryce, who have helped British talent earn Division 1 college scholarships in the USA and play internationally and the in the BBL. The team has also established links with the globally renowned Wasatch Academy, which is ranked second in the USA.
Ballers Heavens intentions to have a franchise plan in place to get in to the BBL in the next three years. It is one franchise that is sure to gain alot of notoriety.