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2023 roster

Deroni Hurley

Guard | 5'9" | 160 lbs | Barbados

Deroni led his team to a championship season as the league leader in assists with Pinelands in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA), averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. In the 2023 season Deroni received BABA First Team Honors and represented the Barbados National Team at the FIBA AmeriCup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers.

Deroni joined DIP Crusaders Academy for complete player development and career growth opportunities.

Rasheed Maynard

Guard | 6'3" | 185 lbs | Barbados

Rasheed has impressive accomplishments from his early career in the Caribbean. His 2023 season resulted in a Championship with Pinelands in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA). Rasheed was named BABA League MVP, First Team, and Guard of the Year, averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 4 steals.  

Rasheed joined DIP Crusaders Academy to further develop his game and gain international exposure towards the next step in his career.

Nathan Robinson

Guard | 6'4" | 175 lbs | UK/USA

Nathan completed his professional rookie season with Manchester Giants in the UK’s top flight British Basketball League (BBL). Averaging 10 minutes per game, Nathan displayed his knockdown shooting, three level scoring ability, athleticism and high IQ at the professional level. Prior to his rookie season, Nathan completed his collegiate career at Seattle University (NCAA Division One), and was a member of the Great Britain U18 and U20 National Teams helping both national teams to program best finishes.

Nathan joined DIP Crusaders Academy in preparation of his next second professional season.

Eric Donaldson

Guard | 6'4" | 205 lbs | UK/USA

Eric turned professional straight out of High School having now completed 3 seasons in 3 different countries during his young professional career in Italy, Brazil, and England, with career averages of 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Career Highlights include a 1st place league finish for Vigor Matelica (Italy), LDB Championship with EC Pinheiros (Brazil), and NBL National Cup Finalist (England). Eric represented Great Britain at the U16 European Championship. 

Eric returned to our Academy to further his development and professional career. 

Tong Deng Atem

Forward | 6'9" | 180 lbs | South Sudan

Tong’s rapid progress is undeniable, having only been training basketball since August 2023. Combine his love for the game with his long frame, great touch and increasing athleticism, Tong’s potential is sky high.

Tong’s highlight video displays his first month of basketball training.