Congratulations to all twenty-four All-Star nominees for the N.I All-Stars panel and a special thanks to all of our followers who participated in the ballot. It is thanks to you that we now have our final roster for the first ever All-Star event in Northern Ireland. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 22nd April. Don’t forget to get your tickets before it’s too late. They can be purchased online (click here).
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Remigujus Danys (Kilkeel Knights) - Remigujus is a handful for any defense in the league. He has the ability of always seeming to find an open lane to the basket and when he gets there he is excellent at finishing. He has a soft touch, can use both hands and also pull up when needed. Remigujus is one of Kilkeel’s leading scorers with Banys and also is one of their top rebounders.
Ger Murray (LYIT)- ‘Ger’ is an athletic centre who runs the floor well and has a balanced offensive and defensive game. He is essential for LYIT and is a dominating force for them on both ends of the floor. He is one of their top scorers and also leads the team in rebounds and blocks. He has hops and has had some impressive dunks this year including one top ten candidate.
Daryl Harkin (North Star) - Daryl is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, he is non-stop hustle on both ends of the floor, and despite playing at guard for North Star is one of their main rebounders. But he isn’t simply a defensive stopper, Daryl is also one of North Stars main offensive contributors and it is his versatility that is key. Daryl gets points in nearly every conceivable way, on the break, shooting jump shots, posting up, slashing to the basket, off offensive rebounds and drawing fouls and getting to the Free Throw line.
Simonas Bastakys (Dungannon Cavs) - This centre may well be the most dominant big man in the BNI Premier League,. Simonas is 6’8″ with a muscular frame: he protects the rim and crowds the key for the Cavaliers on defence, not to mention his soft touch around the rim on offense. He has averaged 26 ppg in the premier league this year and there has been games where he was simply unstoppable. His presence allows the Cavaliers to shoot from deep, giving his teammates confidence in his ability to clear the offensive boards.
Marty McDonald (Blackstone Ballymena)- Marty is a former Irish underage international and played a year of High School ball in the USA. Although undersized, McDonald has the quickness and strength to get to the basket and finish but he is best known for his deadly three point shooting and has led Blackstone in points scored throughout the season. A flashy player who will fit well in the All-Star game!
Tadas Bubliauskas (Armagh Magic) - Bubliauskas in one of the most talented big men in Northern Ireland and next year he will be a force in the BNI Premier League. 6’8″ with a post-up game, guard skills and range on his shot he is a nightmare for defenses. Tadas has a high basketball IQ and is excellent at passing out of double teams. He also has the timing and ability to make him an effective shot blocker and an effective defensive presence.
Audrius Verikas (Armagh Magic) - A young, energetic guard who pushes the ball at every opportunity and isn’t afraid to let fly from three. The Magic have took division one by storm this year and Audrius is one of their main offensive weapons with his ability to shoot from deep and also his athleticism which gets him to the basket with ease.
Conor Boyle (LYIT) - Conor is the point guard for LYIT and gets the team going on both ends of the floor. A vocal leader, Boyle has evolved his game this year. In previous seasons Boyle was primarily a slasher and would drive to the basket kicking out or finishing himself. This year he has improved his three point shooting and is now a real danger from beyond the arc making him much more of an offensive threat.
Darius Surginas (Armagh Magic)- Darius is formerly of the Kilkeel Knights and last year played with the Dungannon Cavaliers where he helped them to the BNI Premier league title. This year he stepped down a division to play with the new look Armagh Magic and has been in fantastic form. A three pointer shooter with unlimited range Darius will often pull up well behind the line and let it fly. Darius is also a leader for the Magic and organises them on offense with his experience and vocal play, he controls the tempo of the game and has led the Magic to an undefeated season.
Kevin Stanley (North Star)- 19 year old Kevin Stanley is North Star’s leading scorer this season regularly scoring 20+ per game and scoring 30+ on three occasions including 32 when leading North Star to a notable victory over the league winning Ulster Elks. A strong guard with solid handle, Stanley is an effortless scorer and there are few defenders in the league that can stay in front of him. He is equally adept at going to the basket or shooting the ball and is also an effective on the ball defender.
Arturas Kisielius (Kilkeel Knights) – Arturas has been playing in the BNI leagues for a number of years now and is formerly of Newry and the Armagh Magic. He is the point guard for the Knights and is their vocal leader who gets them organised on both ends of the floor. A quick and athletic guard Arturas is a pass first point guard who can knock down three’s when required.
Adam Murray (Ballymena Blackstone) - At this stage, Adam Murray is a veteran guard in the Premier league with ten seasons under his belt. His only break was when he signed a contract to play in France three years ago, alongside former Ballymena star, Chris Butler. Adam is a combo guard who has had stints at the point and off guard positions for Blackstone this year. An excellent three point shooter Murray also possesses good court vision and has the ability to drive and dish setting up his team mates.
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