It has been a hard year, but is some great news out of Utah from the Ballers Heaven brothers Timmy and Tommy Olubisi.
Less than eight months ago, the brothers were not sure of their futures in the United States but at the 11th hour the US government decided to grant them their visas so they could chase their basketball dreams.
The Olubisis have worked extremely hard on and off the court. They are straight-A students at LCA in Utah under the watchful eye of Coach Porter. This season has seen them fight through health issues as many of the squad went down with Covid-19 and Tommy has done amazingly well to come back from a serious injury.
Ballers Heaven is extremely proud to have players in the United States but both of them have been pivotal players and they became State Champions on Wednesday 24 February, 2021.
On a team that is very deep it is great to see young British players not just making up the numbers but to be in the starting line-up is an amazing feat.
This is a prime example of staying focused and continuing to push yourself. Stay humble and work hard and amazing things can happen.
Two players from the Ballers Heaven junior programme are set to realise their dreams by taking Scholarships in Utah.
Tommie Olubisi and younger brother Timi will be plying their trade at Layton Christian in Utah, that is renowned for being a hot bed for Basketball. This one, two punch has an added flavour and a personal touch to it, as the Olubisi brothers are set to play at the same high school programme.
Ballers Heaven has helped a number of talented players from Europe apply their trade stateside with some gaining NCAA Div 1 Scholarships.
The brothers have been coached by Ballers Heaven for the last few years and their abilities have been showcased to schools in the USA and Canada.
Coach Roger Payne said: “We’re extremely proud of the Olubisi brothers. They have worked extremely hard over the last year and many of our affiliates in the States were interested in them both. But having the chance to play together doesn’t come along very often, especially for an extremely passionate and knowledgeable coach in Bobby Porter in Layton.
“We wish Tommie and Timi all the best as they embark on this new chapter of their lives.”
Over the next year, Ballers Heaven will be showcasing British talent infront of affiliates in Spain and America in the hope that many more will follow in their footsteps, as this programme is set to go from strength to strength.
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.