Coming from our lovely neighbouring province, the Edmonton Suns is a girls only basketball club that was formed in 2012. The club originated in Calgary by coordinator Bob Baker, but has since been taken over to Edmonton by Leeann Harrison. The Suns has a total of eight teams competing at the U11 to U17 level.
This year, two teams will make the trek to BC for Bballnationals.
“The Suns program provides elite athletes a chance to compete and train for tournaments throughout Alberta and now the Club Nationals in August,” said Harrison. “We will be bringing an elite U13 and U15 girls team down to Langley for some great competition.”
Harrison says each player has a unique skill, but there are definitely a few to keep an eye at the tournament.
“We have some extrordinary players coming,” she said. “Keep an eye on Myriam Kone, 14-year-old guard who will impress with her shooting range and dribbling capabilities. Other players on the U15 team are Jaizelle Soberano and Tanissa Murison-Correia. From the U13 team, players to watch are Avery Gaulden, Taylor Young, and Grace Edgecumbe.”
With so much flair making its way to Nationals this year, Harrison drives home the point that this event is crucial for youth basketball in Canada.
“I believe the Club Nationals are important as another identification outlet for young basketball talent to be seen on a wider scale. It’s also great to have a chance to see and compete with teams outside the province. It’s a great opportunity for the girls.”
She says the teams are most looking forward to the chance to compete with other provinces and to see how they match up on a national level.
“The Edmonton Suns are excited to participate in the Club Nationals. I applaud all the effort that’s gone into putting such a tournament together.”
There’s still time to sign your team up! Check out bballnationals.com to register.
Written by: Crystal Scuor