Coach Craigue instructing the team during a timeout at the 2018 Jr. NBA event
Last year, the 13U boys traveled to Ardsley, NY and were the lone representative from New Hampshire and one of the only programs consisting of mostly 13 year old athletes. Although they did not fare as well as hoped, they competed and displayed that they definitely belonged there and, because of that, this year’s team was selected to return and show what they can do. The 2019 team will be comprised of last year’s team, as well as additions from the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet team competing this Spring.
This will be the first time that the Cap City program sends a girls team to the exclusive NBA sponsored event. “This is a huge step for Cap City. Being recognized as an elite program and having the ability to showcase our skill at a national tournament is big time!” says Cap City Director and Head Coach, Joe Craigue, upon receiving the news from the selection committee. The 14U girls event will run simultaneously with the boys event in New Jersey. The team will be made up of hand picked elite 8th graders within the Cap City program, as well as players from the recently added 13U Adidas Jr. Gauntlet girls team (slated to start play Spring 2019).
Cap City Basketball will be playing in the Northeast Region which will consist of the top programs from New England, New York and New Jersey. Other programs not receiving an at-large invitation will need to partake in a qualifying tournament. The top 4 placed teams at the qualifiers will advance onto the Northeast Regional games held June 29 to July 1.
The winning boys and girls teams from each of the eight U.S. regional tournaments and the boys and girls teams representing the eight international regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America, and Mexico) will receive all-expenses- paid trips to compete in the culminating event in Orlando August 6-11.