The LSB has partnered with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (COHENEL), to provide the LSB North London Basketball Academy as a fresh new focus for basketball excellence in North London.

Led by one of the most respected coaches in Britain, former GB International and 8 year BBL pro , Jay Williams, the Academy is committed to providing the very best basketball environment for both elite and developing players alike.

Our mission at  is to guide and support every player through to becoming the very best version of themselves they possibly can be, both on and off the court.

Our teams compete in the English Academies Basketball League (ABL), AoC and also the CBL - providing in excess of 35 games per season for our teams.  In  addition, we take our Varsity team away to compete in major tournaments abroad each year, giving our players invaluable experiences playing against elite international competition as we prepare our players for the next level.

Through our partnership with COHENEL we provide financial scholarship support for gifted and talented players to the value of £2,500 per year, to help with travelling, equipment, elite exposure camps and training costs for those who meet the criteria.

The Basketball Academy is split into two areas of program development, Varsity and Junior Varsity squads, for both males and females aged between 16-19.

Varsity Program

For elite players, COHNEL's Varsity program provides intensive skills development, strength and conditioning training, athlete support, guidance, technical individual and team coaching and a minimum of 32 games per season for gifted and talented players.

With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain and Europe – alongside a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, players who attend the LSB North London Academy will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.

Junior Varsity Program

For those who simply want to continue to learn and play the game, without the heavy commitment of the elite program schedule, the COHENEL Academy also offers a new ‘Junior Varsity’ option which provides regular coaching, games and the opportunity to earn coaching qualifications alongside your normal academic college course while still enjoying all the benefits of being a student-athlete at the college.

LSB North London Varsity players receive:

  • NIKE elite playing uniforms, tracksuit and bag
  • 15 hours per week of professional basketball coaching, training and games in the College's brand new Sports facility at Enfield, led by top class coaches with international, professional and US college experience
  • Weekly competitive games in College and Community Basketball Leagues
  • On site medical support and physio for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Free membership and use of the brand new College gym and fitness suite
  • Fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise and nutrition programmes designed and monitored for you by experienced professionals
  • Open access to daily training facilities
  • Individual skills development programme
  • College/pro placement support
  • Opportunity to become a college scholarship - with a cash value of up to £2500 per year
  • Annual travel abroad to compete in international competitions

Basketball Academy Selection Criteria

To be eligible to be considered for the Academy, you must be:

  • 16-18 years of age on 31 August of the enrolling year
  • Enrolled on a full-time programme of study at the College's Enfield Centre

Studying as part of the Basketball Academy

Learners who join the College's Basketball Academy will study at the College's Enfield Centre.
Learners can select ANY full-time course at the College's Enfield Centre while taking part in the Basketball Academy program.

Academy Coaching Staff 

Head Coach, Jay Williams

Assistant Coach, AJ Roberts

Great Facilities

  • £1.5million Sports Centre fully refurbished
  • Full sized sports hall with resurfaced basketball floor
  • 'Glass' main backboards - 6-8 practise baskets in gym
  • Industry standard cardio and resistance training gym
  • Free weights power stations
  • Bespoke basketball training equipment
  • Medical facilities and onsite physio treatment clinic
  • High quality changing rooms and shower facilities




Kane Smallwood, Guard/Forward, 6'3"

Kane is a smart 'do-it-all' small forward who rebounds well and possesses a soft touch around the basket.  Capable of making shots consistently out to 17ft and a proven scorer in the AoC - he always seems to be in the right place at the right time and has been one of the top scorers for the Academy this season.  A positional rebounder with good hands, Kane was also one of the stronger players on the team this season and used his size and strength to full effect.

A native of North London, Kane will be returning for his 'senior' year in 2017/2018 where he will look to build upon the positive strides made this season.

Coach Williams: "Kane was a big part of our success this year and gave us a lot of intangibles that don't always show up on the stat sheet.  He's a great guy to have in the locker room and can always be depended on to deliver when we need him on court.  He's competitive and likes to win, which really helped shape our teams identity this season.  He's one of the guys I'll be looking to lead us forward next season."



TJ Burnett, Guard, 6'0"

TJ has made dramatic progress this season and developed himself into one of the top shooters on the squad through consistent hardwork and dedication.  A powerful 'combo' guard with range out to 3, TJ has emerged as one of the key players on the team this season  - despite being one of the youngest.

Coach Williams: "TJ is a great example of what can be achieved when you put the work in.  He's made huge improvements this year through hard work in the gym and practise and his confidence has grown because of it.  He's also very popular with his teammates and was voted most valuable teammate by the rest of the guys because of his selfless nature.  I'm looking forward to working with him as he continues to develop next season and will continue to rely on him more and more as the year goes on."




Thabiso Khoza, Guard/Forward, 6'3"

Thabiso has been the driving on court force for the Warriors all season long.  A Senior wing with a strong will to win, he's been one of the key reasons the academy has been so competitive this season. Dependable with a knack for making big plays at the right times, 'T' can shoot, rebound, drive and defend and above all has been a standout leader for the team in COHENEL's most successful season ever.

Thabiso is also a successful engineering student at CONEL and will progress onto study a degree program in Engineering at Demontfort University.

Coach Williams: "T was voted team MVP and has also been my Captain this season and for good reason.  Thabiso was the heart and soul of the Warriors this year! Not only on the court but off the court excelling in his academics.  Always reliable to bring good energy in practice and his tough competitive nature made us tough to defeat in games.  Thabiso played any position needed on the basketball court and defended every position asked of him too."


Abdi Adan, Forward, 6'8"

Abdi could be COHENEL's 'best kept secret'.  The tallest player on the roster (and still growing) also possesses soft hands around the basket, able to clean up and finish in the paint.  However, Abdi's development is as an all-around player, with a progressive jump shot out to 15 feet steadily adding to his arsenal of skills, which include a natural feel for passing the ball and evolving physical strength that indicate the ceiling is extremely high for the North London big man.

Coach Williams: "Abdi Adan was one of the most improved players last season and will return in 2017/18 season ready to take on a bigger roll with the team. At 6'8 Abdi is a real problem for other teams to guard, has a good feel for the game with good hands and is probably our best passing big man." 




Ben Ankrah, Guard, 5'7"

Ben has been a trusted teammate and one of the hardest workers on the team this season.  A sparkplug on the defensive end, his quickness and commitment to his team have added an extra dimension to the Warriors squad and caused havoc for opposing guards all season long.  Another 'team-first' player who has played an important part in the Warriors success this season.

Coach Williams: "Benjiman is the smallest on the team but easily the fastest player and when he is focused can be a great defender causing problems for his opponents. Ben is another player returning this year and will bring added depth to the squad."





Frederick Ode, Guard, 6'1"

Fred has been an important part of the second unit this past season and one of the key players responsible for pushing the Warriors towards a title.  A good shooter from the perimeter and a committed defender, Fred has already established himself as a reliable scorer and will be depended upon next season to pick up some of the scoring load vacated by the graduating seniors.

Coach Williams: "Fred Ode is a left handed sharp shooting guard from south London who can score in bunches. A very important part of the second unit with his ability to play both ends of the floor and a sneaky rebounder. Fredrick will be returning for the 2017/18 season to lead the team from the front."





Nick Kafouris, Point Guard, 5'11"


Coach Williams: "Nick is a Senior guard who made a lot of gains this year in his point guard play and mid range shooting before suffering a shoulder injury but showed flashes of what he is capable of.  A real positive influence on the team and a good student in the classroom too.  He's been a credit to our program".






Reece Quinland, Guard, 6'1"

Reece is an athletic guard who plays to win on both ends of the floor.  A defensive specialist who enjoys shutting down opposing players with steady ball handling ability and a vastly improved outside stroke.  A gym rat with a strong work ethic and hunger to get better in all areas of the game - Reece is a key player for the Academy and one to watch, going into his Senior season.

Coach Williams: "Shooting guard Reece Quinland emerged as an important part of the squad with relentless attitude on defence wanting to guard the oppositions best guards and his determination to be better. Returning in 2017/18 Reece will be looked on for senior leadership as well as his aggressive play at both ends of the floor".






Gklori Santikou, Guard, 6'1"

Coach Williams: "Gklori Santikou grew in into an important starting point guard role for the Warriors and is probably the most important with his safe hands and ability to be the coach on the floor leading his team mates to the basket and leading the team in assists. Gklori was named most improved player because of his hard work effort which saw him loose weight and improve his shooting and defence and into a starting role which he never relinquished".






Cristian Arthur, Point Guard, 6'0"

Coach Williams: "Cristian Arthur grew up in Italy with Nigerian roots, he is an electric player who can impact the game is so many ways, his quick hands on defence allows him to steal the ball and his quick feet and great ball handling skills allows him push the Warriors fast break. Deadly when left open on the 3pt line and a quick first step Cristian is a real handful for opposing teams and has been a game-changer for us this season".






Alex Amisi, Power Forward, 6'6"

Coach Williams: "Alex Amisi or "Mr Rebound" is the teams best rebounder, he has good size in our league for a power forward and his ability to rebound and start a fast break or rebound and score is a huge bonus for the Warriors."
Alex will be returning for the 2017/18 season.






Ola Oyewole, Power Forward, 6'5"









Joe Johnson, Forward, 6'4"









Jo Jo Baidow, Power Forward, 6'6"

Coach Williams: "Senior Jojo Baido at 6'6 started playing basketball late but once he started practice it was easy to see that his athleticism would be a huge bonus to the team. An extremely hard worker who is very mature and leads by example Jojo pushed himself into a starting position towards the end of the season."











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Head Coach Jay Williams  brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the academy and is well-positioned to provide guidance, leadership and informed support for aspiring players who are interested in finding out just how good they can be.

Widely respected at all levels throughout the game, Coach Williams has the added advantage of having experienced all levels of the game as both a successful player and proven coach.

As an England U18 international, Williams was regarded as the best point guard of his generation, averaging 28ppg in the National League, before being recruited to play in America on full athletic scholarship at a National championship winning team, Oklahoma City University.

While at OCU, Williams was named team-captain and led the team through to the SAC conference regular and post-season playoff championships and then through to the National Elite 8, distinguishing his squad as one of the top 8 teams in America.

Known for his strong leadership, passing and shooting skills, Williams drove OCU to 4 winning seasons against nationally ranked competition, while earning a BA (Hons) degree in Criminal Justice.

As the leading English Universities point guard of the time, Williams was selected to represent the country in the World University Games in Beijing, China, where he was again named captain.

After a successful college career, which also saw him graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice, BA (Hons), Williams was selected to play professionally in the BBL for the London Towers, later moving on to also play for Crystal Palace, London United, Scottish Rocks and finally the London Lions over a 6 year professional career.

During his time as a pro, Williams established himself as  one of the top British point guards in the league while leading his teams to on-court success, being crowned a BBL Play-Off winner and BBL Cup runner up, during his tenure.

After a highly successful playing career Williams, moved on to establish himself as one of the brightest coaching minds in all of Britain and has been heavily involved in the talent development of many of Britain's top players.  He has served as the head coach for the London Regional U17 Champions, lead assistant coach at the London Lions professional BBL team and also and assistant coach for the GB National Team at the U20 University level and has won the National League 'Coach Of The Year' award twice over the past 5 years while leading his club to successive league championships.  Williams has also been recognised as one of the brightest emerging coaches in the game, earning the 'All England Regional Coach Award' from the National Governing Body.

Well connected and universally respected, Williams also advises into the National Talent Player Pathway, helping identify talent for National Teams and prestigious summer elite camps such as the Deng Top 50, run by Britain's most successful player of all time, Luol Deng.  He has also served as a successful coach, ambassador and talent advisor to the Jordan Brand International Camp, while working closely with Nike and Brand Jordan as a specially appointed development coach, recognised by the greatest player of all-time, Michael Jordan. 

Williams also serves as the head coach for the UK's highest profile summer travel team, Midnight Madness, which provides increased international profile and career development opportunities for top players across the country.  Taking players across the world, Williams has coached British players in tournaments in Paris (France), Los Angeles (USA), Madeira (Portugal) and the Caribbean - helping many of them take the next step in their careers in finding new teams.  He has also been one of the key coaches in helping many British players with scholarships to the USA, drawing upon his extensive network of contacts to help place talented players over in America.

Jay is now committed to channelling all of his experience and expertise into developing future stars at the Enfield Basketball Academy at COHENEL, giving players who attend our academy the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential.

Click to hear the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, thank Jay for his contributions to the game:


Photo credits: Hoopsfix, Oklahoma City University, J. Williams




AJ Roberts joins Enfield Basketball Academy with a reputation as a highly-skilled offensive and defensive coach with a decorated playing career that spans US high school, college and professionally in both America and Europe.

AJ was born in Fresno, California but played his college basketball at Union University (NCAA), where he averaged 14ppg and earned 'All-Region' honours as one of the best players across his division. Roberts transferred to Union from Niagra County (N.Y.) Community College where he played two seasons of basketball. He was named third team all-region as a freshman and first team all-region as a sophomore in junior college. Roberts earned the Team MVP award both seasons. In junior college, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks per game.

Prior to college, Roberts played at Niagara Catholic (N.Y.) High School where he played basketball and football. He led his basketball team to the 2005 and 2007 MMCC Title, along with a Catholic State runner-up in 2007. In high school basketball, Roberts earned first team all-Catholic, defensive MVP, team MVP twice, and team captain three times. His football honors included first team all-Catholic, team MVP, captain and first team all-state.

Photo credit: Union University Athletics





NADER PETROS FARHEAD - MSc (Sports Therapy), BSc (Acupuncture), Advanced Sports Nutrition

Nader Petros Farhead is a major asset for the Basketball Academy, providing our athletes with professional level care and support so they are ready to perform at their highest level.

fully-qualified, proficient evidence based therapist, providing tailor made solutions and support that cater to the individual athlete. His goal with every academy athlete is that they leave satisfied and empowered to sustain and improve their own quality of health and athletic performance. His focus is on active treatments, developing strength and trust in movement.

When appropriate Nader uses a multitude of massage and taping techniques to supplement his rehabilitation programs.  His goal is to ensure COHENEL athletes receive the very best care, rehabilitation and support to ensure all players can be at their best on court for practise and game competition.

Nader also owns his own physiotherapy practise, Petros Therapy, which works with a number of high profile sports clients across London.

The academy is in the process of interviewing new S&C coaches for the forthcoming season.  This page will be updated soon.


What academic course will I study at the Academy?

For more information on the courses available at the college, visit: or call the Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055


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