League: National Basketball League

The National Basketball League, or NBL for short, is a league competition representing professional, semi-professional and amateur basketball clubs from England and Wales. It forms levels 2 to 5 on the British Basketball pyramid, in line with the Scottish Basketball Championship, sitting directly below the top tier British Basketball League.

The league has teams split across four levels:
Division 1 (14 teams)
Division 2 (12 teams)
Division 3 North and South (20 teams)
Division 4 North, Midlands, South East and South West (40-48 teams)
The league also runs the English Women’s Basketball League, with Division 1 and Division 2 North and South, and a junior structure with over 450 junior clubs competing in Under-18s, Under-16s and Under-14s leagues.[1]

There is no promotion and relegation between the National League and the British Basketball League (BBL), which operates a franchise system. Despite this, several teams have been successful in making the step up from the League to the BBL in recent years, most notably the Worcester Wolves, the Plymouth Raiders and the Bristol Flyers.

Alex Plumb

********* Men’s Player Profile *********

Achievements

Myerscough u18s premier league winners 17/18
Myerscough u17s national champions 17/18
AoC knockout cup winners 17/18
Captain of Lancashire spinners 18/19
Manchester giants u15&16 15/17

Your best moment

Winning the u17s national championship after coming off a 15 point performance in the semi finals against City of London to advance to the final.

Your message to other players

Ready to play hard and get after it, looking forward to it and have high hopes for this team and believe with the right attitude we can go far.

Something few people know about you

I used to do gymnastics.

Joshua Houghton

Achievements

Junior Final Fours National league Winner x2, Junior National Cup Winner x1, 1 x Junior National Cup MVP, England u16 Junior, England u18 Junior, 2 x European Championships B division semi finals, Short spell at CBA academy in Gran Canaria.

Division 1 Men national league winner, 1 x division 3 promotion, 1 x division 2 promotion, Division 2 cup winner x1.

Best moment

Making the European semi finals and playing with and against a number of great players who have gone on to play in big leagues in Europe.

Message to other players

Make sure you have no regrets.
Something people may not know about me – 2 ankle operations and also like to do boxing.

Omar Abbassy

Achievements/Teams

Bury Blue Devils u16/u18 13/14/15

Preston’s College u18 (Runners up) & AoC
(National Champions) 15/16

Stoke on Trent College AoC (Runners Up) & Division 3 16/17

Bury Blue Devils MABL 18/19

Your best moment ?

Playing under head coach Malcolm Leak at Preston’s college basketball academy

Your message to other players ?

I hope everyone comes in with high intensity and competitiveness, especially in practice, and we’re ready to play. There’ll be ups and downs just like any season, but as long as we all want to progress and develop as individuals and as a team we’ll do well

Something few people know about you ?

I love anime (Japanese cartoons)

Conor Porter

Conor Porter

With great pedigree and tons of experience as his achievements demonstrate.

Manchester Magic U16/U18/Mens – (final fours x2, league winners x3, national cup/trophy x3, division 2 promotion)

Loreto College U17/U18/U19 – (college league winners x2, national cup/trophy x4)

Rossendale Raptors Mens – (division 3 league winners and promotion)

University of Salford – (Bucs northern 2a league winners and promotion)

Lancashire spinners – (division 2 promotion, patrons cup winner)

Manchester Giants 2 – (division 4 league winners and promotion)

He’s not a stranger to showing hustle and determination.

Your best moment?

“winning my first ever final fours playoffs final for Manchester Magic U16 after being down 20 points at halftime against our rivals Cheshire.”

He understands what it takes to win and can see value in team unity.

Your message to other players:

“I am excited to be part of the building process again for Lancashire Spinners and I am confident that with the group of players and the staff we have, that we can reach our goals of playing and competing in Division 1 again. This year I am committed to the team and want to put ourselves into positions to win trophies and I am sure that with this talented group we will be able to do so. I am looking forward to having a successful year and anticipate a rewarding, yet challenging season ahead.”

But it’s not always been basketball for this young athlete and few people will know this fact about him.

Something few people know about you (keep it clean for the kids!):

“I have also played semi-professional football, but for now i am focusing on Basketball!”