We are delighted to announce that England u-18 and Hoods guard, Luke Mitchell, has accepted an offer to study and play for Montverde Academy, Florida for the 2016-17 season.
The Montverde Academy Varsity Basketball team, coached by Coach Kevin Boyle, is recognised as one of the top basketball programs in the nation and has attained some impressive results in the past few seasons, which include repeating as National Championship for the third consecutive year in a row (2012-15) Finishing the season again ranked #1 in all major National polls (USAToday & ESPN FAB 50).
The Eagles have finished each of the past 6 seasons ranked among the top 10 teams in America according to the final 2014 ESPN Rise/Powerade Fab 50 Boys National Basketball Rankings and USA Today.
Previous pupils of the school include Lakers no.2 overall draft pick D’Angelo Russell as well as Australian international Benjamin Simmons.
“As a club we are delighted for Luke, who has worked so hard to get this opportunity and thoroughly deserves every success that comes his way” comments Hoods Club Captain, Bruce Lauder. “It will be a great loss for our club but we have been privileged to have him play for us and the whole of Nottingham should be proud of one of their most talented sporting children. On behalf of the Hoods management, players and fans, we wish Luke all the very best and look forward to following his successes….and remind him that there will always be a shirt for him back with us!”
Luke has had a breakout season with the Hoods in 2015-16, breaking the club’s assist record in March before dominating the Play-off Quarter-final with a 9 from 17 shooting, including 8 three pointers on his way to a senior career high 26 points. He finishes the season averaging 8.5 pts; 3.2 reb; 3.2 ass and 0.8 stl and an impressive shooting average of 43.1%