Preston’s College basketball star Kyle Carey featured in the second-ever Hoopsfix All-Star Classic held at the Brixton Rec, London.
Not only did he lead his Black Team to an 85-71 win but he also garnered the Most Valuable Player award with some spectacular plays.
Hoopsfix, the brainchild of hoops protagonist Sam Neter, brought together the top junior talent in the country to put on a one-day showcase, with London-born Carey proving to be one of the shining stars on the day.
The England Under-18s international scored 23 points including going 8-10 from the field in 23 minutes, and also sent the crowd wild with an incredible poster dunk in the final quarter over Myerscough’s Emmanuel Kabengele.
Carey also made three of his four three-pointer attempts, including a dagger triple in the closing stages to all but secure the win for his side.
The 6ft 6ins forward had sections of the sell-out crowd chanting ‘MVP’ as he closed the game out at the free-throw line, and earned praise from the likes of GB captain Drew Sullivan.
“It’s humbling to win the MVP award,” said Carey. “Especially as the talent level was so high. I just wanted to come out and play hard with lots of energy and most importantly, get the win.
“It was just so great to be a part of the event, and be recognised for all my hard work so to win the MVP was just even better.”
Carey has had a stellar season at Preston College, and helped them reach the final four of the EABL, alongside Cameron King, who also competed in the renowned event in Brixton, which has seen the likes of NBA Star Luol Deng come through its ranks.
The focus now shifts to the European Under-18s Championships in Austria in July where Carey hopes to continue his fine form.