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Jamaica's 1st AAU Youth Travel Team Heads to Pennsylvania, USA.

P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy's Jamaica U17 Team: Shining a Light on Jamaican Basketball


The world of sports is known for its ability to unite people and break barriers. It is in this spirit that we celebrate the remarkable journey of the athletes from P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy Jamaica U17 Training Cohort. This talented group of young basketball players will be making history as they travel to the Marquee Hoops NCAA sanctioned AAU tournament in Harrisburg, PA, from July 4th to July 10th, 2023. Led by the esteemed P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy CEO and Technical Director, along with Head Coach of the Jamaica U17 National Team, this team of 15 players is set to showcase their skills on the American stage, becoming the first youth basketball team from Jamaica to compete in AAU competition.

A Historic Opportunity:

This journey is more than just a tournament; it is a groundbreaking opportunity for these young athletes to make their mark on Jamaican basketball and inspire a generation. The selection of players includes both P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy's own players and talented individuals from the Jamaica U17 Training Cohort, representing various regions across Jamaica. This diversity of talent and backgrounds brings together a dynamic team poised to make history.

Developing Talent and National Pride:

The significance of this trip extends beyond the tournament itself. It serves as a vital development opportunity for all the boys, enabling them to gain invaluable experience, exposure, and foster personal growth. Additionally, select members of the team will use this tournament as preparation for the highly anticipated FIBA Centrobasket Championships in Belize City, Belize, from July 25th to 30th, where they will proudly represent Jamaica. This journey is an affirmation of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to honing their skills.

Meet the Team:

Wayne Dawkins - Head Coach

Dave Black - Head Coach

Phil Edwards - Assistant Coach

Rohan Ferguson - Assistant Coach

Name Height. Age Hometown

Kamau Dennis 6'5" 15 St. James

Joshua Ferguson 5'6" 15 St. James

Shaquayne Elliott 6'2" 16 Kingston

Nathan Thompson 6'0" 16 St. James

Christian Andorn. 6'3" 14 St. James

Elijah Smeikle 5'11" 16 Manchester

Antoine Daye 6'8" 15 Kingston

Gabriele Scalmana. 6'2" 16 St. James

Jonathan Beckford. 6'3" 15 Manchester

Ajani Walters 6'10" 16 St.Catherine

Joel Hamm 6'0" 16 Kingston

Alexander Corrodus 6'1" 13 St. James

Zachery Smith 6'3" 15 Kingston

KyroMcCalla 6'1" 15 Kingston

NyleMcCalla 6'0" 13. St. James

Supporting Their Journey:

As these young athletes embark on this transformative journey, they require financial support to cover the expenses associated with training, travel, accommodation, and equipment. We invite everyone to join us in supporting their dreams by contributing to the fundraiser for the Jamaica U17 National Team's preparation for the upcoming Centrobasket Championships. Every donation, big or small, will make a difference in their journey to success.

Your Support Matters:

To make a donation, please visit our secure donation platform by clicking on the following link: Your support will not only help these young athletes reach their full potential but also contribute to the growth and development of basketball in Jamaica. Together, we can empower them to shine a light on Jamaican basketball for the whole world to see.


The journey of the P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy Jamaica U17 Team to the Marquee Hoops NCAA sanctioned AAU tournament is an extraordinary milestone for Jamaican basketball. Their participation not only represents the culmination of hard work and dedication but also symbolizes the unlimited potential of young athletes when given the opportunity to thrive. Let us rally behind these remarkable individuals, support their journey, and inspire a new era of basketball excellence in Jamaica.

Stay tuned as these young men illuminate the basketball court with their skills, and let their journey ignite a passion for the sport across the nation. Together, we can make a lasting impact and support their quest for glory!

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