2024 Jr. NBA European Finals: Proud England bow out swinging

Heartbreak for England as both the boys and girls squads ended the Jr. NBA European Finals presented by Kellogg's with close losses - finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. 

England girls started strongly against Lithuania in the 5th-6th place game, but the Baltic team chipped away and won out 38-44.

Ophelia Larder-Lee and Precious Godwin top scored with eight points each, with Summer Wilson adding seven.

The boys needed to beat Croatia to earn themselves bronze, but even 15 points from Myles Barry and 10 from big man Ziah Francis couldn't stop the Croats, who had the dagger at the death, winning out 45-56.

Both England teams can be proud of themselves, showcasing their talent against some of Europe's best. 

Day 3

The group stage finished with England boys and girls edged out by their Italian counterparts. 

Head coach Scott's boys lost 25-56, with Myles Barry and Oliver Bishop top scoring with five points a piece.

The girls, led by Gem Salmon, battled hard but it wasn't to be, finishing 48-32. Neve Rugette added nine to her tournament points tally. 

The Jr. NBA selected Myles Barry, Oliver Bishop, Anya Williams and Neve Rugette, and coach Salmon for the All-Star game. 

Barry and Williams were coached by Atlanta Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, whilst Bishop and Rugette had multi-WNBA champions Ticha Penicheiro and Amaya Valdemoro as their star-coaches - as well as being assisted by Salmon.

Summer Wilson and Maxx Tjongondjoza won the the shooting contest and Rugette and Barry competed in the skills challenge.

Day 2

The second full day of competition finished with the England boys picking up a victory and a loss, and the England girls picking up valuable international experience from two losses.

Big man Oliver Bishop was on fine form for the boys in their 46-37 win over the Netherlands, grabbing himself 12 points. 

However, later in the day England's fortunes turned, as they lost their first game to Spain, 62-28, ending the day with a 3-1 record.

England girls (0-4) also lost to Spain, 72-24, but their better performance came in their earlier game, playing well as a defensive outfit in a 43-25 loss to the Netherlands. 

Day 1

Day one concluded with a pair of wins for England boys and two hard fought losses for England girls.

Head Coach Lewis Scott's boys did the business on the first day of competition, going 2-0 with wins against Lithuania, 74-61 and Croatia, 59-48. 

There were also Player of the Game awards to London Thunder's Myles Barry and Milton Keynes Breakers' Samuel Muleba.

England girls did themselves and Head Coach Gem Salmon proud too, growing in confidence from their 47-29 loss to Lithuania at the start of the day to almost topping Balkan rival Croatia, who came through to win, 51-45, in spite of Khyannah Campbell's 12-point effort. 

The second edition of the Jr. NBA European Finals presented by Kellogg's was held at the L'Alquería del Basket in Valencia, Spain from the 26-29 June.

The elite youth basketball tournament featured boys and girls aged 15 and under from six European countries – Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain and the UK (England).   

The competition format was the same for both boys and girls:

  • A group phase will see each team play against all other teams - a total of five games. 
  • Then, the top two teams qualify for the Finals, third and fourth place will play for bronze, and fifth and sixth will play each other for final placings in the tournament. 

The players also took part in life skills sessions, skill challenges, basketball clinics, a three-point contest, an All-Star game, and community outreach activities.

Salmon and Scott led their England teams against Greek clubs earlier this month.

The tournament was covered by the OWQLO Jr. NBA app.  



England schedules/results

Results will be updated here

Times are BST



10:30 - England 29-47 Lithuania

Anya Williams top scored with seven points. 

17:15 - Croatia 51-45 England

Khyannah Campbell and Neve Rugette were England's sharp shooters with 12 and 11 points respectively. 


10:30 - England 74-61 Lithuania

Oliver Bishop had 20 points and Myles Barry scored 16 points and was player of the game.

17:15 - Croatia 48-59 England

Top scorers were Maxx Tjongondjoza (12) and Samuel Muleba (11), who was awarded player of the game. 

Thursday 27 JUNE


08:30 - Netherlands 43-25 England

Neve Rugette top scored for England with 13 points.

15:00 - Spain 72-24 England

Neve Rugette and Chayana Collins-Foster top scored with seven and five points, respectively. 


10:30 - Netherlands 37-46 England

Top scorers were Oliver Bishop (12), Samuel Muleba (11) and Rufus Wilkinson (8). 

17:00 - Spain 62-28 England

Ziah Francis put up nine in a tough defeat to Spain. 

Friday 28 JUNE


11:00 -  England 32-48 Italy

Top scorers were Neve Rugette (9) and Khyannah Campbell (6).


09:00 - England 25-56 Italy

Myles Barry and Oliver Bishop top scored with five points a piece.

16:30 - All-Star game and contests

All-Stars: Myles Barry, Oliver Bishop, Anya Williams and Neve Rugette and Head Coach Gem Salmon

Skills challenge: Myles Barry and Neve Rugette

Shooting challenge: Summer Wilson and Maxx Tjongondjoza

Saturday 29 JUNE


09:00 - England 38-44 Lithuania (5th/6th place game)

Ophelia Larder-Lee and Precious Godwin top scored with eight points each, with Summer Wilson adding seven


09:00 - England 45-56 Croatia (bronze medal game) 

Myles Barry scored 15 and Ziah Francis racked up 10

13:30 - Awards ceremony

Squads, coaches and staff

Lewis Scott


Gem Salmon

The aim of the trip was to continue the players’ development as part of the England Talent Programme by exposing them to new challenges and different styles of basketball. 

The Jr. NBA is the NBA's global youth basketball program for boys and girls, which teaches the fundamental skills, as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. 

A gallery of images from the tournament is below.