25 Jan 2018
Basketball: Whitgift Fifth Former selected for the England U16 squad

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Congratulations are due to Whitgift’s Upper Fifth Form basketball player, Joshua Uduje, who has been selected to play for the England U16 squad.

The 15 year old’s performance at a National League match against Barking Abbey caught the eye of the national coaches, in November last year. He was invited to a training camp at the end of December at the National Basketball Performance Centre, in Manchester.

After whittling down the select group to nearly half, Joshua received the good news that he was on the list of players for further consideration for the England U16 team. Impressively, he made the cut and is now amongst the final 19 players on the England squad.

Despite his young age, Joshua is the co-captain and leading scorer of Whitgift’s U19 team, who have been surpassing their coaches’ high expectation this season. They have won four out of five matches in the Dynamik National Schools Competition. The team will finish first or second in their group and therefore advance to the next round – the first regional knock-out round.

Basketball coach, Mr Clemens Krammer, commented, “I remember when I met Joshua as a Year 9 pupil and as part of our U14 school team. He was always a quick and confident player but nobody could have imagined how good he would become. His development as a player within the past two years has been tremendous. Josh improved every aspect of his game, and will continue to do so. He has now become a leader on and off the court and the coaching staff are extremely proud of him.”

Joshua’s nomination for the national team is only the tip of the iceberg; Whitgift’s U15, U16 and U19 squads are currently leading their groups in the local LISBA league, and both U15 and U19 teams made it to the LISBA cup semi-final. Both teams will have to face long-term rival Dulwich College within the next week. If successful, Whitgift will apply to host the Cup Finals for the third year in a row, at the end of March.