Alex 'Barbs' Barbary made his return to Worthing Thunder on Saturday night, which saw him start for the team and claim the games MVP with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Barbs first signed with the Div 1 team back in 2012, but saw limited court time, due to his age and limited experience with mens basketball. He decided to drop down to Div 4 and then up to Div3, to gain confidence and get used the differences between the junior game and the mens game, before resigning with Thunder earlier this summer.
Barbs started his basketball career with Crawley Cagers in 2005, as an U12, and it soon became apparent that he was set to be a good player. He was a big part of Cagers's first real success, as that U12 team won the Maidstone U12 tournament, and would go on to win a lot more.
Jump forward 2 years and Alex was at the centre piece of the first Cagers team to ever win the Sussex league. Unfortunately they narrowly missed out on the play-offs title, by losing out to Haywards Heath Eagles in the finals. The team wouldn't complete the double until their last season together.
It wasn't until 2009 that Alex started taking basketball more seriously. He quit football and started his National League career, with his first season with Worthing Thunder at U16. Thunder reached the National Quarter-Finals that year losing out to a tough Cheshire Jets team. Alex did however help lead Cagers U16 to their second league title, but once again they narrowly lost in the play-offs, this time to Angmering Cobras.
2011, and Barbs's last season as a junior, saw him help lead Cagers once again to a league title (3/3) and this time, for the first time, claim the play-off title to go alongside. Alex also made the South East Regional team for the first time (as an U17) and helped Worthing Thunder claim the National title in a thrilling 1 point win over Chesire Jets. Alex, along with other Cagers at the time, Pete Ngona & James Tribe, still remain to be the only Cagers players to have ever won a National title.
Alex joined the University of Chichester in 2012 and played for their Uni team (captain for the last 2 seasons) and the Chichester Thunder Div 4 team. Barbs quickly found his feet and has been the leading scorer for both teams, for both seasons. Last season he decided to up the level a bit and joined Solent Kestrels in Div 3. After seeing limited minutes all year, due to Solent having quiet a tight rotation, Alex decided to go home and rejoin Worthing Thunder.
All of us here at Cagers are massively proud of Barbs's achievements and wish him the best for the upcoming season.
If you want to catch him and Selby in action for Worthing Thunder, then head down to Worthing Leisure Centre this weekend.
Saturday 27th September 2014
6:00PM @ Worthing Leisure Centre
vs Kent Crusaders
National Trophy Match
Selby Hind-Wills is the first junior player, from Crawley, to sign a professional contract with Worthing Thunder's EBL Div 1 Men's team, while still being an U18!
Playing up an age group is nothing new for Selby, and is something he has been doing since he joined the club and the sport in 2008. Back then the club only started at u14s due to lack in players. However Selby joined us as an U12 and has been in the squad ever since.
His physical, aggressive and explosive play never let on to the fact that he was younger than the rest of his team-mates, and even had others questioning his age when he later played in his own age groups in 2010 & 2012.
Selby helped lead Holy Trinitys u15 team to their 4th National Schools title in 2011, where he picked up finals MVP honours, while being an u14.
The 2012/13 season saw Selby led his own age group's Cagers team to the most dominating U16 league title in the club's history. He averaged 24ppg & 14 rebounds per game, in a season where the boys beat every team by 30 points or more. However unfortunately the Sussex finals clashed with the National Schools finals this year, so the boys were forced to give up their spot and missed out on doing the double (League and Play-offs).
All of us here at Cagers wish Selby good luck with the 2014/15 season with the Worthing Thunder Men and you know we'll be buying tickets to come down and support :p
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