Aruba is no basketball hotbed, but even on this tiny island talent can be found. Such was the case this past April when I visited and identified several young players who might have a future in the US. Now, potential is a hard thing to bet on ,but at least one of the players I saw made me feel confident . Keiran Celaire is a promising young player and at 17 has the time to develop into a very good player. Alejandro Duinkerk aslo has some ability. I will write a brief scouting report on each.
Keiran Celaire: 6'7'' , long and rangy athlete, good vertical and reaction time. Has very good lateral speed for height and excellent timing. Shooting mechaninc needs work , but he is close to becoming a steady mid-range player. His athleticism dictates that he will be able to cover the 3 position in the perimeter. At this point , he needs to continue to develop strength and get into a more competitive basketball atmosphere before his level of play can be adequately predicted. There is every indicator that he will be a NCAA Division 1 level player when he graduates High School, but what level of Division one will be determined by his progress in the coming year or two.
Alejandro Duinkerk- 6'5'', strong and raw athlete type player. Alejandro still needs to work on the nuances of the game ,but during our clinics he was attentive and displayed very good muscle memory. He can be effective as a phycial player and help out a team . He will need to continue to develop his overall game to be truly effective in the states , but he seems to be a hard worker and someone that can be coached.
Suriname's defence stifles Aruba 80-68 - 8 months ago
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16 championship with an 80-68 win on Tuesday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. The Dutch boys raised their defence to another level to stifle Aruba's offence in the final period to just 15 points after the latter country made a splendid third quarter run to lead by one point at the end of the penultimate stanza in the game. Andrew Blijd led the way for Suriname with... [read more]
Suriname captured their second win of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) male under-16 championship with an 80-68 win on Tuesday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. The Dutch boys raised their defence to another level to stifle Aruba's offence in the final period to just 15 points after the latter country made a splendid third quarter run to lead by one point at the end of the penultimate stanza in the game. Andrew Blijd led the way for Suriname with 21 points while Serdinio Rozewijn contributed a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Farai Stoffels also had 15 points and 10 boards. Leonardo Winterdal dropped a game-high 25 points, hitting 5/9 from the three-point line to lead the Aruba squad. Jahleel Heemstadt (2) also had 18 points while Giomar Madura scored 12 points in the loss. Meanwhile, the first quarter was highly competitive with Suriname attacking the paint with every opportunity they had, looking dangerous of running away with the game with a quick 12-6 run. However, a four-point play by Winterdal tied the game at 20 before number 12 released a dagger from 10 feet beyond the arc to beat the buzzer and end the first quarter with Aruba up 24-22. Suriname in the second quarter, literally turned the game into a track meet, not giving Aruba a chance to rest, retaking the lead in the process and expanding it to a comfortable 43-32 halftime lead. The third period was all Aruba's as they used a 3-2 zone defence to quell Suriname's hot shooting by holding the Dutch-speaking nation to just nine points in the quarter while hitting four of their six triples to get back in the game and go into the fourth with a 53-52 lead. Suriname simply turned on the burners in the fourth to pull away from Aruba in the end. Courtesy of: guyana2016.com
The president of the Aruba Basketball Federation MR. Geraldo Milton here to present the Aruban Basketball: 'Currently the Aruban basketball is focusing on growing the sport on all ages and genders on the island, where we played the sport for recreational purposes now we are focusing on becoming more serious in developing our athletes for international play. The reason for we are bringing in international coaches in order to train our coaches and our athletes on the island.The Aruban Baske... [read more]
The president of the Aruba Basketball Federation MR. Geraldo Milton here to present the Aruban Basketball: 'Currently the Aruban basketball is focusing on growing the sport on all ages and genders on the island, where we played the sport for recreational purposes now we are focusing on becoming more serious in developing our athletes for international play. The reason for we are bringing in international coaches in order to train our coaches and our athletes on the island.The Aruban Basketball Federation recognizes that in order to be better you must bringing the best coaches to work with our athletes.' By the last news your job sounds already successful, you found the agreement till Christmas with coach Antonio d'Albero (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) that has a great international curriculum and experience, what you can tell about him? : his resume is very impressive. At first we where skeptical about him wanting to come in and work with our athletes. The Aruban Basketball Federation receive many offers from international coaches sometimes we think they want to come to Aruba for our beautiful beaches and other reasons not basketball related. Coach Antonio d'Albero (agency: SPORTlab Agency )was persistent and always said the right things. His replies were always very respectful towards our federation regardless on how the slow the process was developing. His patience was a key factor on choosing to work with us, we are in a rebuilding stage with our young athletes and he will need to be patient. How is going the work of the italian coach on the island? and how is the relationship between him and you as federation,the clubs and players? :'Basically he will be on the island for 4 weeks, he will be attending daily training with our local clubs to get a feel what goes on at that specific club. He will also work with our advanced athletes to also advice the federation on what we need to improve on the short term and long term in order to create a stable environment for developing good athletes on the island. We would also like him to advice us on how to setup our coaching staff for our national teams on the island. Coach Antonio d'Albero (agency: SPORTlab Agency ) has turned out to be very good communicator with our athletes, we consider this to be the most important factor for our working relationship, our athletes must be able to trust and have the desire to play for a coach. President you are already doing a great job for the Aruba basketball, what is your goal? :'Create international opportunities for our athletes to play basketball around the world. That is my main goal in order to this we must have a strong national competition and that is also part of the main goal. Coach d'Albero is working also to built the National Team, what is the goal of the National Team? :'Our goal is to become a top team in the Caribbean and Central America. We have a long way to go but we are working everyday towards this goal. Which part do you want to improve more in the Basketball in Aruba? :'Improvement work ethic of our athletes, coaches & volunteers all these persons are major players we must understand that we must work harder everyday. Sacrifice and hard work goes hand in hand and leads most of time to great achievements.
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