Peckham Pride Players taking their talents to the USA

The 2015/16 Basketball season saw two of our u18s Men finish the season as National Champions and then get offered the chance to play a further year of basketball in two US prep schools before hopefully finding colleges in America to further their studies and basketball dreams.
Long standing member and Club Captain Shaquille Walters and Teammate of the year Dotun Dosunmu were both recruited by Lee Valley Prep School in Maine, Boston and Faith Baptist Christian Prep School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shaquille Walters

Shaquille had a remarkable season for all the teams that he played on achieving a number of prestigious Individual and Team honours.
NBL Mens Division 4….Most Valuable Player South East
NBL Mens Division 4 Runners Up…..Southwark Pride
EABL – Elite Academys Basketball League…..Eastern Conference Champions CoLA (City of London Academy)
EABL…..Eastern Conference Player of the Year
EABL…..Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League National Cup Winner u18s Men…..Peckham Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League South Premier Division Champions u18s Men…..Peckham Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League Champions 2015/2016…..Peckham Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League….. Joint MVP Final 4s

Shaquille said of his time with the Pride and CoLA:

‘It’s been so much fun playing for the club. I have been here since the age of 9 and playing for Peckham is all I have known. I have achieved so much being part of this club and this is the next stage of my journey. Playing for CoLA has opened my eyes to a new world of basketball and studying and was the best preparation I could have had before going to Lee Academy. I am really going to miss everyone but with the way I have developed I wouldn’t have it any other way’.

Shaquille said of A&E Elkins:

‘A&E has helped our club massively and we appreciate it so much. When people help you, you have to do your best to repay their belief in you and I think we as a club did that this season and long may it continue. I used to see the logo a lot around where I live and as well as helping us they are helping others’.

Shaquille on what he has to look forward to and expect:

‘Firstly I look forward to being in a more competitive environment than what I was in before. The players will be bigger, stronger, faster and I am hoping more skilled. This will push me every day. My coaches have always told me what to expect at the next level , so I can only trust what they are saying. I have done some of my own research over the years about what it’s like to play in America so I can’t wait’.

Shaquille on what he will miss the most:

‘I will miss Southwark, its home’.

Dotun Dosunmu

Dotun joined the club for his last Jr season bringing some championship experience to a championship calibre team. The season before saw Dotun and his former club beat the Peckham Pride u18s Men is the National semi-final before he went on to become a National Champion.

Dotun finished the season with the following prestigious Individual and Team honours:
NBL Men’s Division 4 Runners Up…..Southwark Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League National Cup Winner u18s Men…..Peckham Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League National Cup…..Most Valuable Player
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League South Premier Division Champions u18s Men…..Peckham Pride
Basketball England Junior National Basketball League Champions 2015/2016…..Peckham Pride

Dotun said of his time with The Pride:

‘It was like going from one home to another. I have known the guys for years whether playing aginst them or playing on the same London team as some of them, it was smooth. I have known the coaches for years and having the season that we had was the best end to my Jr career. Two titles, an MVP and an unbeaten season, what more could you ask for’.

Dotun said of A&E Elkins:

‘All the players speak about A&E Elkins and a man called Rodney, I didn’t know anything and just went with the flow until I actually met him and found out about the company and how much they help the club. Everyone at the club speaks of them so proudly. I appreciate all the help they give to the club.’

Dotun on what he has to look forward to and expect:

‘A lot of running and hard work. It’s going to be tough but I am going to stay positive and work hard. It’s what I have always wanted’.

Dotun on what he will miss the most:

‘I will miss home and the comforts of South London. Most of all I will miss Mum’s cooking’.

Club Coaches comments:

Dotun and Shaquille are both brilliant young men with bright futures in basketball and whatever they choose to do. They have both been a joy to coach this season for many different reasons but the bottom line is they are winners. The positivity that they both displayed this season was invaluable to the team.
Shaquille has been a member of the club since its beginnings and has been one of the faces of the program representing himself impeccably. His achievements along the way especially this season have been richly deserved. We wish him the best.

Dotun joining the club for his final junior was something that the club and the players were thrilled about. He brought such a positive presence and the experience that he had from winning the previous season was invaluable throughout the campaign. Good Luck Dotun.

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