As British basketball continues to bounce back from the impact caused by COVID-19, the popular junior showpieces will go ahead once again this summer after being put on hold in 2020, with the Hoopsfix event taking place on Saturday and Future Stars in August.
The sixth edition of the All-Star Classic takes place on Saturday, 19 June at Battersea Sports Centre in London and will be live streamed across Hoopsfix’s social platforms.
Two Under-19 games are on the schedule with the second-ever women’s game at 12:30pm followed by the men’s game at 5pm that will see a mixture of Class of 2021 and Underclassmen suiting up, while players will also battle it out in the three-point shootout (11:30am) and dunk contest (4pm). As usual, the players have been split into Team Black and Team White for the event.
Organised by the Hoopsfix Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Hoopsfix.com, any profits will be ploughed back into the growth and development of the British game.
The Future Stars U18 International Tournament will run from 27-29 August at London’s Brunel University.
The competition will provide a platform for top U18 European club teams to battle against the cream of American talent.
England’s U18 National Team will be involved along with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid, Valencia Basket, London United and USA Elite.
Keeping with tradition, the Future Stars 2021 event will also feature a National Coaching Clinic with top European coaches specialising in working with young players sharing their expertise with the UK audience.
Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix, said: “For months, I convinced myself we would have to cancel again, so to be this close to pulling it off is great.
“With that said, it is gutting not having fans this year because that’s what makes the event so special, but we just couldn’t go two years without running the Classic.”
Steve Bucknall, Basketball England’s performance and technical manager, said of the Future Stars showpiece: “Future stars is the best youth age domestic tournament in our country and has been for a number of years, ever since I coached in their first organised Future Stars event.
"As for performance, our increased awareness of providing elite players with better competition opportunities is a key strategy in developing our emerging talent.
"We want to accelerate the growth and learning of tactical skills and the technical and mental robustness required by our players so they can win big games at the Euros.
"The emphasis at the Future Stars event has always been the development of our aspiring coaches and the athletes and this year will be no exception."