Kareem Queeley Jordan Brand Classic

Congratulations to former Leicester Warrior Kareem Queeley who has has been selected as one of the top 10 players in Europe at the Jordan Brand Classic tournament over this weekend (March 10th to March 12th 2017) at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona.

40 of the top u16s European players were selected from around Europe and Kareem Queeley who now plays for Real Madrid  was one of the select few to be selected to practice and compete there to earn a spot in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game this upcoming April in Brooklyn.

The weekend event featured Ray Allen, who was a 10-time NBA all-star during an 18-year career in which he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics , Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat, is the Jordan Brand Classic’s guest of honour.


The event featured the main centrepiece game but was also a full weekend of basketball. It began on Friday, 10th March at the Ciutat Esportiva, and continued through Saturday and Sunday, when the players practised at FC Barcelona’s training facilities ahead of the game.

The 40 players experienced a memorable weekend of elite training, training and competition and were supervised by Gannon Baker, a renowned trainer who has worked with players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Chris Paul.


We caught up with proud Mum Emma  ‘Kareem is doing what it takes to fulfill ‘his Dream’ – Hard Work and Dedication to the sport of Basketball. I am so happy and extremely proud that he has been selected and that he is getting this opportunity to represent his country in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic in New York. We are all very excited!!’


Director of Basketball Karl Brown ‘We are very proud to see a Leicester Warriors product follow his dream and showcase his talent on the European stage. He has gone out and worked hard throughout the Jordan camp, with all the drills, and he showed his athleticism, and his versatility throughout the weekend, which has allowed him to be one of the top 10 players at the Jordan Classic.

He has represented his family well, himself, England, and the Warriors family.  This will inspire not only the Leicester Warriors players, but also other kids within Leicester and the country, to show that if you believe in your dreams, follow in your dreams, then anything is possible.’


Coach Arbham Giga ‘I am so happy of Kareem’s achievements. I had the privilege to coach him at the Leicester Warriors and it has been great to watch him grow and develop into an overseas player in Spain for Real Madrid Basketball. Well done’


Anybody that would like to play for our teams get down to one of our community sessions THE FIRST SESSION IS FREE! We are always looking for new players whatever ability!
Boys: 10am-12noon at Evington Leisure Centre on Saturdays
Girls: 10am-12noon at Gateway College on Saturdays





The 40 players selected for the tournament were:

Tarik Biberovic (’01), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 6’7 SG/SF
Amar Mehic (‘01), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mega Leks (Serbia), 6’10 C
Karlo Matkovic (‘01), Croatia, Cedevita (Croatia), 6’7 PF
Matej Rudan (‘01), Croatia, Cibona (Croatia), 6’8 PF
Mustapha Amzil (’01), Finland, KTP (Finland), 6’8 PF
Perttu Blomgren (’01). Finland, Lapua Korikobrat (Finland), 6’2 PG/SG
Theo Maledon (‘01), France, CFBB Paris (France), 6’3 PG
Essome Miyem (’01), France, CFBB Paris (France), 6’10 C
Kai Bruhnke (‘01), Germany, Brose Bamberg (Germany), 6’6 SF
Kareem Queeley (’01), Great Britain, Real Madrid (Spain), 6’4 PG/SG
Nikos Rogkavopoulos (’01), Greece, Doukas (Greece), 6’7 SF
Raziel Hayun (’01), Israel, Galil Gilboa (Israel), 6’4 SG
Edoardo Buffo (‘01), Italy, PMS Moncalieri (Italy), 6’4 SG
Matteo Nicoli (‘01), Italy, Virtus Bologna (Italy), 6’3 SG
Jekabs Beks (’01), Latvia, Crailsheim Merlins (Germany), 6’9 PF/C
Ojars Berzins (’01), Latvia, Valmiera (Latvia), 6’2 SG
Marek Blazevic (‘01), Lithuania, Vilniaus KM-Silputa (Lithuania), 6’7 PF
Erikas Jermolajevas (‘01), Lithuania, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania), 6’8 C
Modestas Kancleris (‘01), Lithuania, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), 6’6 SG
Marko Klajevic (’01), Montenegro, KK Centar (Montenegro), 6’6 SG
Jovan Kljajic (‘01), Montenegro, Gran Canaria (Spain), 6’6 SF
Tristan Enaruna (’01), Netherlands, CBA Amsterdam (Netherlands), 6’6 SF
Aleksandar Langovic (‘01), Serbia, Mega Leks (Serbia), 6’8 PF/C
Mario Nakic (‘01), Serbia, Real Madrid (Spain), 6’6 SG
Lazar Zivanovic (‘01), Serbia, Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), 6’6 SG
Gregor Glas (’01), Slovenia, KK Primorska (Slovenia), 6’3 SG
Rok Radovic (’01), Slovenia, Cedevita (Croatia), 6’6 SF
Oier Ardanza (‘01), Spain, Barcelona (Spain), 6’4 SG
Tom Digbeu (‘01), Spain, Barcelona (Spain), 6’4 SG
Jaime Pradilla (’01), Spain, Zaragoza (Spain), 6’7 PF
Jorge Viejo (‘01), Spain, Real Madrid (Spain), 6’2 SG
Erik Kall (’01), Sweden, Barcelona (Spain), 6’9 C
Atakan Erdek (’01), Turkey. Banvit (Turkey), 6’4 PG/SG
Ismail Karabilen (’01), Turkey, Fenerbahce (Turkey), 6’8 PF/C
Mustafa Kurtuldum (’01) Turkey, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Turkey), 6’5 SG


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