We are thrilled to announce that Coach Joe Mantegna will be back in the UK once again headlining the Top 50 ranking camp.

Mantegna is the Head Coach of prep school powerhouse, Blair Academy who took Luol into his high school when he was just 13 years old.

He has to date produced x4 NBA players and countless Division One NCAA college players year after year. He also just recently led the first ever DENG Camp USA this summer for elite South Sudanese high school players being instrumental in Luol’s camps worldwide.

“It’s always a big part of my summer to come back to the UK and help with Luol’s Top 50 camp. We are now entering the fourth year of the new ranking format which I really think the change has made a huge difference for UK hoops!”

“I’m excited to see which kids stand out against the UK’s best as well as meet new coaches and get to know more and more people who continue to join the Deng Camp family.”

The camp has also gone with a new direction this year led by well established Head Coaches with the addition of up and coming Assistant Coaches who lead junior programmes all across over the UK. Camp Director, Steve Vear explains why.

“Every year we have been fortunate enough to get some truly incredible, experienced and elite qualified coaches who have made such a big impact on the camp, who we thank so much!”

“But we now feel it’s time to ensure the camp also develops coaching helping those who see UK kids at such an important stage in their development. This in turn will mean the camp can truly elevate British Basketball on and off the court.”

A list of this years full coaching staff is below:

Joe MantegnaHead Coach, Blair Academy
Atiba LyonsBBL Head Coach, Sheffield Sharks
Nigel LloydBBL Head Coach, London Lions
Jesse SazantEABL Head Coach, Canterbury High
Mark JarramNBL Head Coach, L'Boro Riders
Aurimas VerbukasHead Coach, Wales U16 Men
Lewis GabrieleCoach, DENG Academy
Billy BeddowCoach, Kent Crusaders
Kieran MatthewsCoach, Oaklands Wolves
Derek McIntoshCoach, West Herts Warriors
Marvin AddyCoach, Southwark Pride
Lekan PopoolaCoach, Surrey Rams


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