Ballers Heaven had an amazing week touring Utah to close out 2021, which saw them play against Layton Christian Academy.
The Ballers Heaven squad narrowly lost by 12 and gave a great account of themselves, also losing to RSL Academy, which is ranked 24 in the entire USA by 20.
The average age of Ballers Heaven players was just 15, so playing against a post-grad program showed great maturity and development.
The team was also invited to watch and learn from number 12-ranked BYU College powerhouse.
Head coach Roger Payne said: “What an honour and privilege to be able to learn from coach Mark Pope and his staff as we were able to witness some amazing coaching and some of tomorrow’s future star be pushed through their paces.”
Meet Ian Dangleben York, a two-way guard that takes pride in playing defence and can heat it up from behind the three-point line with regularity. He will be joining Layton Christian Academy this year.
Ian is a product of Ballers Heaven partners in Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. He is an electric player that is blessed with amazing balance and speed.
Ballers Heaven owner and Coach Roger Payne said: “Omar Beauperthuy, who is a partner and former player with Ballers Heaven, has done an amazing job setting up the Academy in Sint Maarten and is developing some hungry talented young players.”
Ian is sure to be a great asset to coach Bobby Porter as he is set to arrive at LCA the 15th August 2021.
Ballers Heaven has made Tyrese Lacey’s dreams come true, as the British standout guard heads to the United States of America.
Birmingham Elite point guard Tyrese is set to embark on this new amazing chapter of his young career as he will be leaving next month to the great state of Utah to play for state champions Layton Christian and charismatic coach Bobby Porter.
Congratulations Ty. Stay blessed and continue the hard work.
Ballers Heaven has opened another door for a young prospect: a dynamic multi-faceted combo-guard from Macedonia, Mirche Rabrovaliev.
Over the last year Mirche has been put through the fire with Coach Roger and Bryce Payne.
As a young talented player, Mirche honed his skills in Macedonia and moved to the UK only a few years ago. His ability to go off the dribble left or right and aggressive style of play will hold him in great stead, but what really sets him apart is his ability to score the ball with ease and he plays defense with a solid European hard-nosed grit.
Ballers Heaven wishes him all the best as he leaves to pursue his dreams for Coach Martin in Utah.
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.