Jamaica Training Camp Recap
The Elite 1 Recruiting in association with P.H.A.S.E 1 Academy hosted the Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball League Jamaican training camp at the GC Foster College on Sunday, November 27, 2022. The training camp hosted players from across the island for the final tryouts to land a roster spot on one of the four (4) professional teams in the Jamaican based league. The four (4) teams are:
- Elite 1 HorizonThe 2022 E1CBL Summer Season Champions, ;
- Elite 1 Storm; The 2022 E1CBL Summer Season Runner-Ups
- Elite 1 Rivers
- Elite 1 Waves
The Caribbean has an untapped potential market for professional basketball exposure and competition. The Dawkins Sports Management and Elite 1 Recruiting in an effort to build this market will be having the Elite 1 Caribbean Professional Basketball League (E1CBL) inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Our winter league runs from January 4-30, 2023. Participants will play a minimum of 8 games including playoffs and a Championship. This will be a highly competitive league with a great media presence and exposure to professional scouts and teams.
Jamaican Player’s in Attendance
Players who attended the training camp final tryout included returning players from the inaugural summer league that was held in August 2022 inside the National Arena located in Kingston, Jamaica. The returning players included:
- The E1CBL #1 overall pick, Nicholai Brown 6’11, C, continued to show dominance by scoring the basketball and defending the rim.
- The E1CBL #3 overall pick from the summer league, LuShane Wilson 6’7″, SF, was also a stand-out returning player.
The returning players will stay on their teams and coaches and GM’s can draft from a pool of new local and international players and then make trades.
“We’re excited to be back with the winter season and the level of talent has increased dramatically”, said E1CBL President, Wayne Dawkins. Dawkins believes that there is a home for professional basketball in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and is doing his part by laying the foundation. During the tournament, six players were selected to be interviewed to express their expectations for the upcoming 2023 E1CBL Winter Season.
Roman Parks 6’8″ PF from St.Catherine, Jamaica expressed that he is looking forward to some exciting basketball from his team members, colleagues & rival teams. Additionally, he is also looking forward to improving the condition of the basketball sports industry in Jamaica. Jordane Johnson 6’4″, SG, who was selected, verbalized that his intentions for this season is just to play as best as he can to ensure his team comes out on top. Returning player, Nicholai Brown 6’11”, C, who is from Manchester, Jamaica, details that his experience from the previous season was good and that the sky is the limit for the upcoming season. “I can speak for everyone when I say it’s about to be good”, said Brown.
Another returning player, Lushane Wilson 6’7″, SF, expressed his intentions to win the upcoming season as his team failed to do so in the last season. Wilson believes that he is well prepared for the upcoming season as he has been training and is ready to tackle the upcoming season by providing his teammates with whatever is expected of him. Both Antjuan and Rushane expressed similar desires in receiving the accolade of MVP for the upcoming season. Antjuan McFarlane 6’5″, SG, who is from Kingston, Jamaica, believes he may be able to achieve the MVP title for this season due to the amount of work he has put in. Rushane Obrian 6’10”, C, from Manchester, Jamaica, expects to not only win the league but also to achieve a player of the year accolade, whether MVP, score champion or defensive player of the year.
Final Jamaican Player Selections
The Elite 1 Caribbean Basketball League Jamaican training camp at the GC Foster College ended by announcing to the participants who made the team. The final local player selection for the Jamaican athletes are as follows:
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