Manchester Magic are delighted to announce that hot prospects Kaiyem Cleary and Michael Anumba will be part of senior squad for the 2016/17 campaign.
The teenagers, who got a taste of first-team action last season, are seen as key figures for coach Paul Middleton.
“I’m really happy to say that two of our most talented junior players will be given the opportunity to make a big impact on this year’s senior campaign,” said Middleton.
Influential in Magic’s league and cup success at Under 16 level last season, Michael played a substantial number of minutes for the all-conquering seniors as they won all four trophies they competed for.
“Everybody is aware of his talent and potential, but it is his ability to handle playing in pressure situations against grown men that amazes me,” added Middleton.
“He has worked every day this summer to improve both his skills and his physical strength and it is starting to pay off already in pre-season.
“He will be given the chance to run the team as point guard along with ex-junior Kayin Darbey and I really feel that he will flourish in this role as the season progresses.
“Michael will be starting at our academy at Loreto College in a couple of weeks and he will certainly benefit from the extra practices and strength and conditioning sessions.”
Kaiyem, who is going into his second year at Loreto, has also hugely impressed, both with Magic and England.
“He played a minor role last season for the senior men, but he has been working out all summer and is desperate to make an impact this year,” said Middleton.
“Kaiyem is an explosive shooting guard who is a threat from long range as well as demonstrating an ability to create off the dribble. His style of play will really suit what we will try to do this year.
“He has shown this summer that his defensive game has improved hugely, which is a very encouraging sign for his future. He deserves the opportunity to show what he can do.”
Magic have already confirmed that guard Jack Minister, 6ft 10in centre Lee Goldsbrough and point guard Kayin Darbey will be part of the squad for 2016/17.
Magic begin their pre-season campaign with a home game against a USA Select team on Monday, 5 September (1930 BST).
Tickets cost £3 for Adults and £1 for Children. An Adult and up to three Children can get a family ticket for £5. A family ticket for two Adults and up to three Children is just £7.50.
Any Magic or Mystics National League player can watch the game for free.