Nealon-Lino talks 2017 and Deng Camp 50 revealed

Deng Camp Finalists announced

The Deng Camp is the one of British Basketball’s most prestigious camps. With players needing an invite to attend, typically the Top 50 players in the country, the Deng gym is full of talent. With players going through rigorous drills and testing, players are ranked at the ned of the camp and return to their respective teams. The attendees are then monitored throughout the season to provide continual rankings. This process brings the American style ranking to junior players before attending University.

The Deng Camp founder is NBA and GB Basketball star Luol Deng, who has dropped over 900 points for GB since his debut in 2007, averaging 21.4 a game. Deng was the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and is the only British Basketball player to have played in the NBA All-Star game. The Camp is Deng’s attempt to raise the profile of Basketball in Britain after its demise following the 2012 London Olympics.

A Scottish trio attended the 2017 Camp in the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Myerscough duo Konrand Kantorski (product of Edinburgh Kings) and Callan Low (product of St Mirren) as well as Barking Abbey and GB U20 star Sean Nealon-Lino. A trio of Scotsmen was the highest volume of Scottish Hoopers recorder at Deng Camp showing great development of  Scottish Mens Basketball.

Final Top 20

After a long season, with the Commonwealth Games and GB Basketball having a packed summer, the final rankings have been announced. The final rankings release the Top 20 players at the end of the season, from the 2017 Camp. Scotland can boast having two hoopers not only in the Top 20, but in the Top 10.

#8 Konrad Kantorski

Konrad Kantorski came in ranked 8th in the country after an amazing season with Myerscough. Ranked first for FT% (90.00) and 3PT % (44.1), 8th for Assist to Turnover ratio (2.1) and 9th in True Shooting % (56.7). A lights out shooter, claiming #8 in Britain.

Watch his end of season tape here!

#5 Sean Nealon-Lino

Former Blaze player and Barking Abbey star, Sean Nealon-Lino who represented Scotland at GC18, finished the highest ever for a Scot at #5. Not ranking in The Top 10 for EABL Stats due to insufficient games with injury, scouts had to really watch his game. A real achievement to rank so high with so few opportunities.

We sat down with Sean to get his thoughts on the rankings and his season.

“It’s a blessing being ranked so high,” Nealon told us and acknowledging his limited season, “it means a lot as well as I have been injured for a lot of this season. So it’s good to show that injuries don’t prevent you from going forward.”

For some, being a highly ranked player will bring pressure to perform in the future, but Sean takes it in his stride, using it as motivation to be better.

“It doesn’t add any pressure in my opinion it just keeps me on my toes to perform the best I can every game.”

Sean recognised his highest ranked Scot achievement,  “I’m hoping that my ranking will show that there are good Scottish players out there.” However, sees that this is n opportunity to develop Scottish Hoops, “hopefully one day other guys will be able to finish higher than me.”

Nealon is a young baller with tons of experience already, having dawned the Scotland vest in Australia or the GB shirt for the U20’s, the big stage is his stage. Passing on that experience to the next generation is something Sean was keen to do.

“Just because you are overlooked because you are in Scotland it doesn’t mean you are not good” Nealon said, “have belief in yourself and show people that you are good.”

Looking ahead to next season, as documented by The Church of Hoops, Sean has received a full Basketball Scholarship to NCAA 2 side Fresno Pacific University. Sean has big goals for the 2018-19 season, saying:

“My next step is this upcoming season at FPU I hope to turn the programs record around and make playoffs this year and for sure try and make a run and compete in the NCCA Division 2 Tournament at the end of the year.”

Deng Camp 2018

This years 50 man camp list was announced recently with Scotland well represented.

Players listed with teams from 2017-18 season
Mo Abushego, Aston Manor Academy
Ade Adebayo, Barking Abbey
Adebola Adeniran, City of London Academy
Robin Bedford, Barking Abbey
Charlie Brown, Derby College
Niall Harris, Charnwood College
Pierce Maslen, Barking Abbey
Louis Norton-Cuffy, City of London Academy
Vasja Pandza, The Kiski School (USA)
Blaize Sagna, Charnwood College
Corey Samuels, SGS College
Ben Winter, Copleston Sixth Form
Demi Adenuga, Myerscough College
Aaron Badibo, New City College
Joe Bielak, Charnwood College
Jonathan Brown, Canterbury High School
Chris Feeney, L’Hospitalet BA (Spain)
Michael Jara, Stoke on Trent
Spyridon Kapsalos, Barking Abbey,
Patrick Lanipekun, City of London Academy
Callan Low, Myerscough College
Lewis McGlasson, Myerscough College
Asher Ndah, John Madejski Academy
Leon Neziri, County Upper
Adrian Nosa, John Madejski Academy
Mate Okros, Myerscough College
Levi Edwards, St Charles Sixth Form
Zack Powell, Aston Manor Academy
Jonathan St Hilaire, Barking Abbey
Kristaps Timermanis, City of Edinburgh
Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo, Loreto College
Tosan Evbuomwan, Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence
Milo Gordon, Canterbury High School
Matt Hughes, Itchen College
Eljay Morris, Governor’s Academy High School (USA)
Wesley-Chima Oba, Loreto College
Ciaran Sandy, Gilman School (USA)
Tomiwa Sulaiman, Canterbury Academy (Spain)
Luke Ptak, Derby College
Sanmi Fajana, Manchester Magic
Jamie Gray, Myerscough College
Conroy Hayden, Aston Manor Academy
TJ Hibbert, Erith College
Theo Hughes, Barking Abbey
Sam Keita, City of London Academy
Hosana Kitenge, Charnwood College
Nathaniel Powell, Barking Abbey
Zakeus-Blue Shagourie, Charnwood College
Thomas Sowoolu, Barking Abbey
Peter Turay, City of London Academy

 

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