Team USA return

Levett Leopards have announced their first pre-season game as they prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.

The Big Cats will host Team USA Select at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday September 3, tip-off 4pm.

There will also be a pre-game camp for youngsters to train with a Leopards’ players between 2.30-3.15pm, further details will be announced in Jun2

Team USA Select is a side made of players who have finished their college careers in the States and are looking for pro jobs in Europe. Several have gone on to successful careers in England including former Leopards’ big man Greg Hernandez who help the Big Cats win the National Trophy in 2013.

The Big Cats have been regular opponents for the Americans over the years, playing them at Brentwood, Capital City Academy and Crystal Palace as well as training games in east London.

The teams last met a year ago and a big crowd at the Brentwood Centre saw Leopards edged out 81-77. Sean Killmartin’s side also visited the Brentwood Centre in September 2015 as Steve Ogunjimi made a winning start to his career as Leopards’ coach with a 76-67 victory. The sides also met in a closed-door scrimmage game just before the start of that season with Leopards winning a thriller 84-83.