Leicester Riders stars Jamell Anderson and Conner Washington were in off-season action this weekend as part of a 3on3 tournament to launch the new House of Hoops legacy court in Paris.
The tournament in the French capital, coinciding with Quai 54, saw teams representing cities across Europe from Berlin to Brussels compete against each other. Jamell and Conner were joined by Bristol youngster Lautier-Ogunleye and GB player Myles Hesson.
“We had an amazing time in France, the basketball events in Paris from my experience are really exciting not only for players but the thousands of spectators,” commented Anderson. “As it was a 3on3 tournament we had a small group that were able to gel quite easily.”
“We were given some huge off court experiences with two appearances – Michael Jordan and Evan Fournier – as well as an open-top Jordan bus ride around the sights!”
The team, coached by Gary Maitland, were so close to winning the trophy, just missing out in the final by one point in overtime to the winners from Milan.
“Hopefully the same core guys will be involved including our fantastic organisers, coaches and support staff. It was an amazing experience.”
“We received a lot of support, including from Riders fans, who were following our team whilst we were out there.”
“We all worked hard, a few things didn’t go our way in the final but I look forward to returning to Paris next year and leaving with the trophy!”