County Upper Basketball Academy continue success

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County Upper Basketball Academy (CUBA) celebrated their five-year anniversary by helping their 20th player attain a USA scholarship.

Beccy Dodunski signed with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Division Two side Briar Cliff Chargers.

Three players have previously been selected in the second tier of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the national college basketball competition in the US.

Darren Johnson, director of County Upper Basketball Academy said the ‘five years have gone quite fast’.

He added: “During this time we have had some great success stories, I feel privileged to have had this opportunity to help so many young athletes achieve their goals,”

CUBA are four-times East of England champions, have twice had teams in the national tournament semi-finals as well as 11 Suffolk titles.

The programme has expanded from an original 13 players to 140 youngsters across 10 teams within the academy.

The West Suffolk enterprise have seen two Bury St Edmunds players accepted by both the under-15 girls regional team and regional performance centre.

The player development pathway has helped support and develop 15 regional players from the East of England and continues to develop grassroots basketball in the west of Suffolk.

Looking forward, CUBA are entering six youth teams into both the national and regional leagues, becoming only the second team in Suffolk to do so.

Johnson added: “To now look to the future and see our younger academy players coming through the development pathway makes me smile knowing that what we are running here is really helping the next generation of basketball players”.

In September they will be running an under-16 girls team, under-15 boys team, under-14 girls team and an under-13 boys team in the national competitions and an under-13 girls team and under-12 boys team in the East Regional League.

For those interested in finding out more about helping the programme or any players interested in finding out more, contact Johnson on djohnson@bsecus.org