The Wingate Sports Institute of Netanya has joined the impressive-looking U18 bracket of the Rinus de Jong Invitational to be played in Den Bosch in late December. The Israeli side entered the tournament after the withdrawal of the Khimki Moscow Region team “without mentioning a valid reason,” according to organizers.
The U18 portion of the annual tournament is now comprised of Atletas Kaunas, VEF Riga and Canarias Basketball Academy. On the U21 side, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, Canarias and Wilbraham & Monson Academy from the US and an as-yet unnamed fourth team will compete.
The Wingate Institute was founded in 2009 under the direction of former University of Connecticut/Team Israel player Nadav Henefeld. Heading up the team is Israel U18s coach Ariel Beit Halachmi, who reportedly expects six of the Wingate players to be suiting up for the national team in upcoming Eurobasket tournaments.
The Rinus de Jong Invitational will be played in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, December 27-30. The official website may be found here.