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As part of the LSB commitment to provide increased exposure and elite competitions for top players from the network of LSB Academies, COHENEL Warriors will join Capital City Titans as confirmed participants in the Belgrade Basketball Tournament (BBT), tentatively scheduled to take place in February 2021.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, a country in which basketball reigns as the most popular sport, filled with passionate fans who support the game at all levels. Belgrade, in particular, is well-known for creating some of the most intense basketball playing environments in the world, hosting 2 Euroleague teams in the same city (Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Red Star Belgrade).
The BBT is an ISB affiliated competition aimed at providing new and progressive opportunities for 16-19 year old players from across Europe to compete against future pro’s on an international platform. The Belgrade based tournament will provide a tough challenge for the North Londoner's while dramatically increasing the profile’s of players who perform well, on the global stage.
Invited scouts and coaches from teams across Europe and the USA will provide the gateway for talented players from all competing teams to be seen, evaluated and connected into potential career advancing opportunities in both Europe and America. All games are also to be screened online and distributed throughout US college and European professional coaching networks (and scouting services), to further enhance the level of exposure for top players.
Plans are also underway to take the Capital City squad to a live Euroleague game in Belgrade (*subject to local COVID-19 status and protocols at the time of the competition) to give the players real-time experience and insights into the highest levels of European basketball and the exciting live atmosphere generated in one of Europe’s hotbeds of basketball.
"We've been steadily building the program the last few seasons and came within one game of winning it all last season, so the time is right to test ourselves in international waters. There's no doubt it will be an eye opener for our guys - but that's what you sign up for here, to test yourself against the best and find out how good you really can be"
- AJ Roberts ,Head Coach
The BBT is set to feature teams from Serbia, England, France and Belgium in its first year, with plans to extend to further regions in future editions.
More details on this trip to follow once the season gets underway.
Places at the Academy are limited and selective, secured through trials held throughout the year. To find out when the next trials are taking place and to secure your spot at an upcoming trial fill out the application form which can be found here: COHENEL ACADEMY PLAYER TRIAL APPLICATION