The Future Stars 2019 are coming

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Aris Barkas

29/Aug/19 14:05

The latest edition of Future Stars will take place between Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2019 at Brunel University.

By Eurohoops team/

The Gintreda Future Stars 2019 event encompasses an International tournament and International coaching clinic taking place over the same weekend. We have also partnered with the London Region of Basketball England to include tournaments for U16 players with both boys and girls categories taking place on the 31st August and 1st September alongside the International Tournament and National Coaching Clinic.

The combination of activities ensures that we are catering for all levels of participation from grassroots to elite and coach development turning Brunel University into a ‘Basketball Village’ for the duration of the event.
International Junior Tournament

The legendary Junior International Tournament which has taken a hiatus since 2013 has previously featured players such as Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul), Dario Saric (Phoenix Suns), Nicolo Meli (Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul), Tomas Satoransky (Washington Wizards) and Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) is back for 2019 and will be held at Brunel University, London.

In the past, the tournament was organized for European National teams as the last stage of preparation for the European Championships. The 2019 edition will feature top European Club teams preparing for their upcoming season.

The tournament will feature truly great European clubs boasting a rich history in developing talent. The following U18 teams will be competing for the Gintreda Future Stars 2019 Championship title; Maccabi 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.

Steve Bucknall, Technical and Talent Performance Manager for Basketball England commented ‘We love to challenge our players to perform at the elite level and constantly testing their attitude to develop. The Gintreda Future Stars International Tournament 2019 offers this arena to our BE future stars. By putting our players into constant competitive opportunities, we hope to develop the best’.

Emma Chambers, Director of Future Stars stated, ‘With the relaunch of Future Stars for 2019, our intention is to create a platform for the best talent from around Europe to compete. This year’s edition will see the highest level of Junior basketball to be played in the UK in recent years. Our intention is to expand this into an annual event with next year elite European teams competing against top AAU programmes. We are also very proud of the National Coaching Clinic which provides a much needed opportunity for our coaches to gain knowledge from those with a proven track record on the International scene.’

Gintreda Future Stars 2019 will take place over the weekend of 30th August to 1st September 2019 at Brunel University, London.

Entrance is FREE to come and show support for your team and watch a demonstration of the top elite U18 European basketball.

Friday 30.08.19
15.00: U18 England National Team v Maccabi Tel Aviv
17.00: Rytas Vilnius v Oxygen Orange 1 Basket
19.00: Porsche Ludvigsburg v U18 England National Team

Saturday 31.08.19
14.00: Porsche Ludvigsburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv
16.00: Rytas Vilnius v U18 England National Team
18.00: Oxygen Orange 1 Basket v Porsche Ludwigsburg
20.00: Rytas Vilnius v Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sunday 01.09.19
09.00: Oxygen Orange 1 Basket v Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv
11.00: Rytas Vilnius v Porsche Ludwigsburg
13.00: U18 England National Team v Oxygen Orange 1 Basket
16.00: Third place game (Teams ranked 3rd v 4th after Round Robin tournament)
18.00: Final (Teams ranked 1st v 2nd after Round Robin tournament)

Stars to Watch

The tournament will be an opportunity to watch some of the top junior European talents in action. Previous editions of the tournament were graced by current NBA and Euroleague stars such as Jan Vesely, Rudy Gobert, Tomas Satoransky, Dario Saric, Nicolo Meli, and Pierre Oriola and we are sure that the current crop of talent will follow an equally illustrious path.

Porsche Ludwigsburg will be led by Ariel Hukporti (213 cm) who at the age of 16 has already played in both the FIBA Champions League and German BBL. Hukporti will be supported by two versatile forwards Aeneas Jung ( 201 cm) and George Christian Cotoaras (205 cm) who represent Cyprus and Romania respectively. The team will heavily rely on point guard Lucas Herzog (187 cm) who also brings experience from the German BBL.

Rytas Vilnius will be led by the son of legendary Sarunas Marciulonis, Augustas Marciulionis (192 cm guard) who represented Lithuania at the Fiba U18 European Championship 2019 averaging 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Another Lithuanian National Team player in action will be Ąžuolas Tubelis (205 cm) forward who averaged 14.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists for his national team which finished in 7th place.

Further strengthening the Rytas Vilnius squad is Greek sensation Andreas Kalogiros (203 cm) who is still only 16 years old but effectively could play at both shooting guard and forward positions. Kalogiros represented Greece at the U-18 European Championship in 2019 and has also played for the Greece U-16 team in the European Championship in 2018 where he averaged 13.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Kalogiros was invited to the NBA and FIBA ‘Basketball without Borders’ talent camp this year.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will mostly rely on Amit Aharoni (185) and Yehunatan Atias (207 cm) who led the Israel U-18 National Team to first place in the European Championship Division B in 2019. The Israeli champions will also look for a solid contribution from Harel Rinski and Yanir Gadot who are members of the Israeli U-16 National team.

Oxygen Orange 1 Basket bring with them Matteo Tersillo (G/194cm) who has competed in both U16 and U18 National Finals in addition to experience in Bassano with first team competing in C-Gold.
Nemanja Gajic (G/195cm) a Serbian player recruited by Oxygen at a young age and has developed into the leader of their team. Gajic brings a high basketball IQ with experience in both junior and senior championships. Matteo Bogliardi (G/185cm) brings Italian National team experience to Oxygen Orange 1 Basket, having competed in the U16 European championships.

Adding incredible athletic abilities to Oxygen is Destiny Agbamu (SF/200cm originally from Nigeria) who will play an important role in the team. Agbamu was named to the All Star team in both U16 and U18 National Finals.

The England National Team have an explosive group of backcourt players. Cameron Hildreth (MVP of the U16 National Finals with 48 points in the playoff title) and Josh Udjuje are two exiting shooting guards with excellent scoring capabilities. besides being able to shoot from anywhere they both have good dribbling, passing and court vision.

In the font court the players to watch are Amari Williams and Ndewedo Newbury, two athletic and dynamic players who play above the rim, can perform at high speeds and rely on strength, power and agility to finish at the rim.

National Coaching Clinic

Future Stars working in conjunction with Basketball England are excited to announce the details of the National Coaching Clinic 2019 which will take place on Saturday 31st August at Brunel University, London. The clinic will have coaching and development of young players at its center and provides a platform for coaches with a proven track record in the field of youth basketball across Europe to share the secrets of their great success.

The Coaching Clinic is suitable for aspiring coaches at every level, the cost of the clinic has been set at a very affordable £40 per delegate which includes a commemorative coaching board.

The coaching clinic will run alongside the Gintreda Future Stars International Tournament and all delegates will have the opportunity to watch the International coaches in action on the afternoon of the clinic.

The clinic will feature;

Oren Aharoni, General Manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv Youth Departments since 2011 is responsible for the development of a team of 32 coaches working with the youth teams. Oren Aharoni has overseen Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv’s domination of the domestic scene, having led their U18 team to four championship titles (2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16), 5 Cup wins (2018/19, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2012/13) and numerous appearances in the Euroleague Adidas Next Generation Tournament finals.

Oren Aharoni has a unique breadth of experience with National Team programs having the position as Head Coach of the Israeli National Team in U16, U18, U20 Men’s teams since 2009 to the present day. Coach Aharoni also has experience on the Senior level having coached “Eshet Tours” Team Bnei Hasharon and Gindi Group Givat Shmuel in the Israeli Super League

Francesco Papi, launched his career at European powerhouse Montepaschi Sienna serving as Assistant Coach for the Senior Euroleague team and Head of their junior program before taking his current role as Head coach of Oxygen Orange 1 Basket U18.

David Gale is the Head Coach for Porsche BBA and Assistant Coach for Senior Men’s MHP Riesen in Ludwigsburg Germany. David Gale comes with a wealth of experience gained from the NBA for over 11 years having worked in a multitude of roles including players development, defensive game planning and offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, and Philadelphia 76ers.

Gintautas Vileita started his coaching career successful coaching senior teams in the Lithuanian Leagues ranging from Trakai (wining the RKL championship) to Panaevezys Lietkabelis in the LKL. Gintautas Vileita has spent two years at the prestigious Šarūnas Marčiulionis Basketball Academy before taking over as Head Coach for BC Rytas Vilnius.

For more information and to book your place at the National Coaching Clinic 2019 please visit