Future Stars Basketball Tournament;

Future Stars Basketball Tournament;

Future Stars Basketball Tournament


Future Stars is a weekend long basketball tournament for future college players to showcase their skills and help them get noticed by college coaches. The tournament has now been played in the Mid-Atlantic region for around 30 years.


The tournament featured truly great European clubs competing at an elite level of International Junior basketball. The following U18 teams competed for the Future Stars 2019 Championship title; Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv (Final 8 Euroleague ANGT 2019), Rytas Vilnius (Euroleague ANGT 2018 Winner), Porsche Ludwigsburg, Oxygen Orange 1 Basket and the U18 England National Team.

In the third place game a constantly improving Oxygen Orange 1 Basket seriously challenged the U18 England National team. The Italian outfit which came to Future Stars weakened by absence of Nemanja Gajic and Destiny Agbamu due to last minute visa issues were a true Cinderella team of the tournament. After an unconvincing start they booked their place in the consolation final by beating Macccabi Tel Aviv 104-102 after a tense double overtime thriller. (Source: futurestars.eu)


Zalgiris and Richmond upon Thames College Select were paired together in 2 leg competitions to avoid the last place in the tournament. In the first game there was nothing to separate both teams and the game went to over-time. The Richmond team managed to hold their nerve and finished on the right side of a 103-95 result. The second game was played the following day and proved to be an equally close but far more defensively orientated encounter. Zalgiris held a 67-64 victory, which was still too small a margin to prevent a jubilant Richmond team from claiming 5th place.

“This baseball event will bring people from all over the country to Southwest Louisiana, and it is a stay-to-play tournament, meaning that the event is guaranteed to fill hotel rooms and provide a significant boost to the local economy. We could not begin to bring business like this to the Lake Area without strong partnerships and the outpouring of support from local agencies, businesses, the hospitality community, volunteers and the incredible fanbase right here in Calcasieu Parish,” said Eric Zartler, sales director for VLC. (Source: futurestarsseries.com)



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