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Haris Memorial Tournament

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Colin Maguire – a Club Legend

It is with great sadness that we have received news of the death of Colin Maguire.

Colin has been part of the Club since we started back in 1997. In addition to supporting our Age Group programme, he has mainly been seen at the Senior Men’s games in his special seat near the door, with floor wiper in hand and ready to go. 

Always with a smile on his face and immensely popular with all who knew him, he was a passionate supporter of all we do at the Club. Colin and Sandra, his wife, were early, fully deserved recipients of our Club Person of the Year Award, given out annually at the Christmas Haris Charalambous Tournament.

The Club will miss his great enthusiasm and upbeat demeanour at all times and we send our condolences to Sandra, his wife, and family.

‘We did notice his recent absence at Magic games but were unaware of the full circumstances of his health. A very sad loss. We will miss him greatly.’ said Joe Forber, a Trustee of the Club.

Dot Booth

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the passing of Dot Booth

The club is extremely saddened to learn that club volunteer Dot Booth has passed away after a short illness.

Dot was often the friendly face spectators were greeted by whenever they turned up to buy their tickets to watch the Manchester Magic’s senior team play at the Manchester Basketball Centre.

She was also heavily involved in the Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament and supported many of the club’s other events and initiatives.

Dot will be missed by everyone at the club and we are thinking of her husband, Norman, and the rest of her family at this very difficult time.

“Dot was a true club volunteer who had been with us since we opened the centre in 2002,” said Joe Forber, co-founder of Greater Manchester Community Basketball.

“She was always totally supportive of all we do for the youngsters and also for the Magic senior players on Saturday evenings.

“She will leave a big hole to fill in the club and will be sadly missed by all.”

The family has asked that any donations be made to the 1st Flixton Scout Group.

Haris Tournament 2014 MVP drafted to NBA

2014 Haris Tournament MVP drafted to the NBA

Terance Mann, Haris Tournament MVP from Tilton Prep School in 2014 has been selected 48th in the 2019 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming what is believed to be the first player to have attended the Haris Tournament to be drafted.

Mann helped Florida State University to fourth in the ACC of NCAA D1 and to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in his senior year. He played 37 games, 36 starts, averaging 31.7 minutes per game, 11.4 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game and 0.3 blocks per game.

Mann’s 2018-19 honours: Advocare Invitational Tournament Team, ACC All-Tournament Second Team and ACC All-Honorable Mention Team.

Haris Tournament Attendee Update

Haris Tournament Attendee Update

There are so many Haris Tournament attendees who are currently playing basketball around the world, whether that is in the professional leagues, semi-professional leagues or at University or College. There are so many active players in fact that to mention them all here would take a very long time read, so we thought we’d focus on the players who made the most impact during their time at the Tournament; the MVPs.

Niall Harris (Charnwood College Riders 2018)

Niall helped Loughborough Riders to third place in the NBL Division One Men, he played 27 games, 9 starts, averaging 23.3 minutes per game, 12.6 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 2.74 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game and 0.7 steals per game. Niall also helped Charnwood College Riders to the EABL title, played 12 games, averaging 19.0 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game, 3.2 steals per game and 0.3 blocks per game.

Sesan Russell (Charnwood College Riders 2017)

Sesan started the year at UMass Lowell but transferred to Florida Tech having not featured for UMass Lowell. Sesan helped Florida Tech to in the SSC of NCAA D2, he played 10 games, 9 starts, averaging 36.0 minutes per game, 16.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game and 2.0 steals.

Sean Jenkins (Ireland 2016)

Sean attended Spartanburg High School in South Carolina, USA, averaged 25 points per game, 6 rebounds per game and 5 assists per game, and helped for the varsity basketball team to a 5-10 overall record and 1-7 in the conference. Sean has signed a letter of intent to attend Presbyterian College in South Carolina of the NCAA D1 Big South.

Caleb Green (Proctor Academy 2015)

Caleb Green helped Holy Cross University to tenth place in the Patriot League of NCAA D1. He played 33 games, 33 starts, averaging 35.8 minutes per game, 10.9 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, 1.2 steals per game and 0.1 blocks per game.

Terance Mann (Tilton Prep School 2014)

Terance Mann helped Florida State University to fourth in the ACC of NCAA D1 and to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in his senior year. He played 37 games, 36 starts, averaging 31.7 minutes per game, 11.4 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game and 0.3 blocks per game.

Terance’s 2018-19 honours: Advocare Invitational Tournament Team, ACC All-Tournament Second Team and ACC All-Honorable Mention Team.

Josh Steel (England U18 2013)

Josh Steel helped Surrey Scorchers to twelfth place in the BBL, he played 13 games, 13 starts, averaging 26.0 minutes per game, 12.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game and 0.4 blocks per game.

Prior to re-joining Surrey, Josh played for Actel Forca Lleida and helped them eleventh in the LEB Gold in Spain, where he played 18 games, 2 starts, averaging 11.6 minutes per game, 2.8 points per game, 1.2 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game, 0.2 steals per game and 0.1 blocks per game.

Phillip Daubner (Breitengüßbach 2011)

Phillip Daubner helped VfL Kirchheim Knights to a twelfth place finish in the German Pro A league, he played 29 games, 17 starts, averaging 27.4 minutes per game, 7.7 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.6 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game and 0.2 blocks per game.

Josh Ward-Hibbert (England 2010 MVP)

Josh Ward-Hibbert helped Leicester Riders to a second place finish in the BBL and secured the benecos BBL Play-off title, he played 23 games, averaging 13.7 minutes per game, 6.4 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.5 assists per game, 0.6 steals per game and 0.2 blocks per game.

Malik Müller (Germany 2009 MVP)

Malik Müller helped Hamburg Towers to a second place finish in the German Pro A league and crowned Play-off Champions, he played 34 games, 18 starts, averaging 19.1 minutes per game, 6.2 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game and 0.4 steals per game.

MVPs who we couldn’t find information on for this season, Aureli Luquero (CB Cornella 2012), Stanley Dubois (Gran Canaria BA 2008 MVP) – previously played professionally for CSP Limoges (LNB Pro-B France 2010-11) and Rueil Athletic Club (MN1 France 2012-13), Hakeem Harris (Blair Academy 2007) – went to five USA colleges between 2010-2014 and seems to have retired, and Federico Orrego (CB Granada 2006). If you have information on these players please let us know here

Coming next week is an update on former Manchester Magic and Mystics players, we’re just waiting for all of their season’s to finish. Plus we’ll have some news about this year’s Maggie Forber Invitational Tournament which is coming on 29th-30th June.

Haris Tournament Organising Committee

Haris Tournament forming organising committee

The Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament is forming a volunteer committee to help run the prestigious event.

Organisers need prospective committee members to take on a number of tasks, from event planning and volunteer recruitment to marketing and securing sponsorship.

The tournament is held annually to remember Haris Charalambous, one of Manchester Magic’s finest young talents who sadly died at the age of 21 while playing and studying in the United States.

It takes place at the Manchester Basketball Centre from 27-29 December and features eight elite Under-18 men’s teams from Europe and the US.

Proceeds from the tournament go to the Haris Fund, which helps local youngsters pursue their basketball dreams.

For more information or to register your interest in becoming a committee member, call the Magic and Mystics office on 0161 881 0090 and ask for Phil or Freda.

Alternatively, email us at, writing ‘Haris Committee’ in the subject line.

For more information about the tournament, click on the link:

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Inviting expressions of interest for Haris Tournament 2019

We are now inviting expressions of interest for the 2019 Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament. The prestigious three-day event runs from 27-29 December at the Manchester Basketball Centre and features 8 teams from the UK, the US and the rest of Europe. The 2018 tournament was one of the most exciting yet, with Charnwood edging Myerscough in a brilliant final. If you would like an entry pack or would like to know more, contact us via email at

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Special exhibition game to kick off this year’s Haris Tournament

A special exhibition game featuring past and present Manchester stars will kick off this year’s Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament, which runs from Wednesday 27th December to Friday 29th December at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Several exciting names are signed up, with details to follow in the next few days.

The exhibition game tips off at 4pm on day one, followed by the tournament’s first round of matches at 6pm and 8pm.

Manchester Magic U18s will face local rivals Myerscough College in their Pool A opener, while England U18s face Danish side Værløse in Pool B.

At 8pm, Spain’s CB Novaschool take on Elite Academy Antwerp from Belgium in Pool A, while Magic’s U16s meet Charnwood College Riders in Pool B.

The full tournament schedule.

Tickets for the annual three-day event are £3 for day one, £4 for day two and £5 for day three. Alternatively, you can buy a £10 ticket that covers all three days. Call 0161 881 0090 to buy your ticket now.

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Line-up confirmed for 2017 Haris Tournament

England Under 18s head the line-up for the 2017 Haris Memorial Tournament, which will run from 27-29 December at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.

They will be joined by CB Novaschool Malaga (Spain), Værløse Basketball Club (Denmark), Elite Academy Antwerp (Belgium) and English basketball academies Charnwood College Riders and Myerscough College.

Completing the line-up are Manchester Magic’s U18 and U16 sides.

The eight teams will be split into two groups, with the two top progressing to the semi-finals.

The three-day event, now in its 12th year, is held annually and was founded in 2006 to remember Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic programme.

Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006.

The tournament will also have a new logo for 2017 as we look to raise the profile of one of the top junior events in Great Britain.

We think it’s a great addition to what is a truly fantastic competition.

You can buy a £10 ticket that covers all three days of the tournament.

Alternatively, you can pay for each day: £3 (27th), £4 (28th) and £5 (29th).

To book Tickets in advance call 0161 881 0090.

Community 3×3

We are holding a 3×3 community tournament for teams with kids in Years 7-9 on the middle day of the Haris.

It will run from 2pm to 3pm on Thursday 28th December.

It costs £2 per player, with squads of 4 required. Cost includes entry to that day’s Haris.

Interested teams should contact Toloe on 0161 881 0090 or at

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Ireland down Worester Academy to seal Haris win

Ireland are this year’s Haris Memorial Tournament champions after downing Worcester Academy 103-91 in a stunning final at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Sean Jenkins and Adam Drummond led the Irish to victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds apiece.

Quest Harris, aged just 16, claimed 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for US side Worcester, with team-mate Mitch Doherty adding 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists.

Jenkins, who was named tournament MVP, also hit 23 points in a nail-biting 79-78 win over City of Edinburgh in the semi-finals earlier in the day.

Worcester, who were hoping to give America their third straight success in the Haris event, had reached the final with a 91-88 victory over England, who went on to finish third in the annual showpiece.

Click here for a full list of results and awards. 

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England U18 squad announced for Haris Tournament

Deng Camp stars Zion Tordoff, Kayne Henry-McCalla, Micah Savery-Richards and Caleb Fuller all feature in England’s U18 squad for next week’s Haris Tournament at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.

Worthing Thunder’s 6ft 6in centre Hosana Kitenge, who has only just turned 16, is also named in a 12-man line-up for the eight-team tournament that runs from 27-29 December.

Joining England in the competition are Ireland U18s, Derby Trailblazers, City of Edinburgh, Sligo All Stars, Worcester Academy (US), Nova School (Spain) and hosts Manchester Magic.

Full England squad: Hosana Kitenge (Worthing Thunder), Caleb Fuller (Ipswich), Eisley Swaine (Bradford Dragons), Joshua Edwards (London Thunder), Joshua Ogundele (Barking Abbey), Kayne Henry-McCalla (London Westside), Micah Savery-Richards (Leeds Force), Pierce Maslen (Barking Abbey), Romario Spence (Leicester Riders), Zion Tordoff (Lancashire Spinners), Reginald Chuks (Leicester Riders), Will Hur (Reading Rockets).

You can watch all three days of action for just £10. Alternatively, you can turn up on the day and pay £3 for Tuesday’s games, £4 for Wednesday and £5 for Thursday.

For more information about the Haris Tournament, click here.