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Essex Leopards to welcome Team USA

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2016

Will Ashby in action for Essex Leopards against a Team USA Select last year (pic: Paul Phillips)

Will Ashby in action for Essex Leopards against a Team USA Select last year (pic: Paul Phillips)

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Select side set to visit Brentwood Centre

Essex Levett Leopards have announced their first pre-season game as they prepare for the 2016/17 campaign.

The Big Cats will host Team USA Select at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, September 4, with a 4pm tip-off.

Team USA Select is a side made up of players who have finished their college careers in the States and are looking for professional playing jobs in Europe.

Several have gone on to successful careers in England, including former Leopards’ big man Greg Hernandez who helped the Big Cats win the National Trophy in 2013.

The Big Cats have been regular opponents for the Americans over the years, playing them at Brentwood, Capital City Academy and Crystal Palace as well as training games in east London.

Sean Killmartin’s side visited the Brentwood Centre last season, but with Will Ashby scoring 22 points and Ladi Brown adding 20, Steve Ogunjimi made a winning start to his career as Leopards’ coach with a 76-67 victory.

The sides also met in a closed-door scrimmage game just before the start of the season, with Leopards winning a thriller 84-83.

There will also be a pre-game camp for youngsters to train with a Leopards’ players between 2.30-3.30pm, with the coaching and game ticket costing just £6.

To book a place call 07828 470015.

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