Myerscough College Basketball Academy : Making A Big Splash Across The Atlantic

Myerscough College Basketball Academy : Making A Big Splash Across The Atlantic


Kappa UK & Ireland are delighted to announce a new kit deal to supply Myerscough College Basketball Academy until 2027. The Academy has been with Kappa for three years already and also wore the brand’s kit from 2016-19.


This comes as the UK’s premier basketball academy has been in the news thanks to the exploits of one of its most successful alumni. Great Osobor has just signed a $2 million deal – a record sum in the US collegiate ranks – to play for the University of Washington.

The 6ft 8in, 21-year-old Spanish-born forward moved to England at the age of 12 and attended the Myerscough College Basketball Academy in Preston from 2019-2021. The Academy is an elite development programme designed to accelerate the journey of talented athletes to the next phase of their careers.


From the springboard of the Myerscough Academy, Osobor moved to the US to begin his career at Montana State where he played from 2021 to 2023. He moved on to Utah State for the 2023-24 season, and it was here that he got noticed, resulting in his big money move to Washington in May of this year.

Osobor is not the only recent high-profile product of Myerscough. Amari Williams, who hails from Nottingham and attended the Academy from 2018-2020, has just joined the prestigious University of Kentucky basketball programme. In its 121-year history, the Kentucky Wildcats have won more games than any other US college and boast the best all-time winning percentage.




Williams’ new coach at Kentucky said:

“Amari Williams looks like a man among boys on the court. He is a three-time conference defensive player of the year, which is incredibly hard to do.”

Speaking of the recent successes across the Atlantic, Myerscough Head Coach/Head of Basketball Neal Hopkins says:

“Myerscough Basketball Academy has a proud tradition of helping young players get to the United States to pursue basketball at the highest level. Amari Williams and Great Osobor represent two of our biggest accomplishments.

 “It’s hugely important to have figures to look up to. Amari and Great walked a path that a lot of others have the benefit of being part of, to be able to see their success is inspiring and will hopefully drive others to follow their lead.” 


 Commenting on the Kappa partnership, Neal adds:

 “Kappa has been able to offer a bespoke training range which has really helped make our players feel part of the programme, we have been really impressed with the quality of Kappa and how relevant the products are to basketball.”

 Here at Kappa we’ll be keeping a close eye on Myerscough’s most recent ‘exports’ to the US and looking out for the next future star to emerge from the college’s programme.