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SCO: The Podcast
Myerscough Basketball Academy
A podcast dedicated to covering Myerscough Basketball Academy in Preston, England. Features current players, alumni and staff interviews, as well as the latest news surrounding the Academy.
Mar 29, 2021
Episode 40: This Is Myerscough Basketball
In the season 2 finale of the podcast, Myerscough Basketball alum, current players and coaching staff share their fondest memories of their time with the programme and advice they have for incoming classes. From trips abroad and winning championships, to smoked cheese incidents and field sessions and everything in between, this is the Myerscough experience.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 15, 2021
Episode 39: Cutting Down Nets
The penultimate episode of Season 2 sees Neal Hopkins return to the podcast to talk about coming out of lockdown, the return to campus and what the last year has been like from the perspective of an educator and coach. The boss also shines a light on the positive impact Myerscough student-athletes made away from the court and talks about the challenges still ahead. Allen is then joined by newly crowned CAA Champions Mate Okros and Amari Williams to talk about the tournament and what it was like to cut down nets for the first time!
1 hr 33 min
Mar 8, 2021
Episode 38: The Great Showman
Myerscough Basketball's Class of 2021 Great Osobor makes his return to the podcast, this time for a feature-length episode to talk about his commitment to Montana State Men's Basketball, why he's made an instant impact at the NBL Division One level and what he enjoys most about the game of basketball. The Tudela, Spain native also looks back at his time at Myerscough how he took advantage of the platform the Academy provides student-athletes.
Mar 1, 2021
Episode 37: Shoe Game
Myerscough alum Ben Gordos has found himself at home in the United States — he just hopes he doesn't lose the accent. The sophomore guard, currently at Concordia University (Chicago), will detail his crazy injury history as he looks back at his time at Myerscough and how his time at the Academy prepared him for life abroad. Ben also takes us inside his growing shoe collection and his current fashion style.
Feb 22, 2021
Episode 36: Behind the Lens
Myerscough alum and current Manchester Giants photographer Harry Collins joins fellow shutterbug Allen Gunn to talk all things cameras and hoops. Harry also chats about his ventures in building OKC Daily — a page dedicated to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder — and HC Captures. He gives his thoughts on what the Academy did for him and how he managed his expectations even before stepping foot on campus.
Feb 15, 2021
Episode 35: Among Giants
Myerscough alum Tyrell Brown swings by the pod to discuss Academy antics from dreaded field sessions to locker room high jinks. Ty also gives an honest assessment of his time in Preston and the lengths he went in order to make himself stick at the top end of the programme.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 8, 2021
Episode 34: Fade Away Three
Myerscough alum Sanmi Fajana calls into the pod from the Lone Star State where he is currently based at Blinn College (Texas) to talk hoops, culture and Ireland. Sanmi gives a shout out to the Ongar Chasers, looks back at the moment when basketball became serious and what he's learnt throughout his journey chasing his dreams.
Feb 1, 2021
Episode 33: The Captain
At long last, Myerscough alum Konrad Kantorski jumps on the pod to about his time at the Academy, which included being part of the team that won the programme's first senior titles. The Captain also talks about how he embraced being "undersized" and how the chip on his shoulder turned him into a relentless competitor. From spin moves to bold moves, Konrad doesn't hold back.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 25, 2021
Episode 32: Giving Back to the Game
It's a who's who of British basketball as Myerscough Basketball Academy coach Mike Bernard joins the podcast to look back at his career from junior to storied professional. "Big Mike" talks about when he began to take the sport serious, the biggest influences on his success and the importance of building a family along the journey.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 18, 2021
Episode 31: Broken Glasses in Holland
Myerscough Under-18s coach Lewis Scott calls into the pod to talk about his growth as a coach and what he expects from players coming into his teams. Lewis also reflects back on what it has been like to work with some of the top junior prospects in British basketball and the role Myerscough has played in their development on and off court.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 30: Enjoy the Journey
Myerscough alum Zion Tordoff's dad Dan jumps on the pod to offer a unique perspective on what it is like being one part of a parental unit of a NCAA Division I athlete. He talks about the recruitment process, handling the ups and downs and what he feels his role is. Dan saves time to look back at the journey he and Sue have been on with Big Z so far, which has taken them across Europe and the Atlantic!
1 hr 17 min
Jan 4, 2021
Episode 29: Newberry Bred
Myerscough alum and current Newberry College guard Callan Low calls into the pod from South Carolina to chat how he got into basketball, why he thinks Scottish players have success at academies in England and his highlights from his time in Preston. Oh, and Cal dishes on his all-Myerscough teammate starting five.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 28, 2020
Episode 28: Drexel Special ft. Mate Okros & Amari Williams
Myerscough alum and reunited teammates Mate Okros and Amari Williams call into the pod to talk all things Drexel Hoops and how opportunities provided by Myerscough Basketball prepared them for the next step in the careers both athletically and academically. The two look back at their time playing out in Europe in the EYBL and other highlights from their time in Preston.
1 hr 19 min
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 27: The Art of Stoyan
Myerscough Basketball alum Stoyan Toshkov calls in from Bulgaria to talk about his journey to the Preston-based programme, the influence of the Academy's coaching staff on his own coaching journey and how he's taking advantage of the opportunity to work with the BBL's Worcester Wolves. Allen saves time to take Stoyan on a trip down memory lane to talk the "best of" during his time at the Academy.
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 26: Anguillian Atittude
Myerscough Basketball newcomer Wakeem Richardson (Class of 2021) drops by the pod to talk to Allen about what it was like growing up in Anguilla and how his early introduction to basketball fueled his competitive spirit. Plus, he details his transition to England, his selection to DENG Camp and what he's currently getting up to in the gym.
Dec 7, 2020
Episode 25: Lost in Translation
Liverpudlian Dan Gargan joins the pod to talk life as a basketball student-athlete at Myerscough College. Dan also reminisces on some of his highlights from the shortened 2019-20 season and the impact the first lockdown had on his game. He saves some time to about the Liverpool accent and the Myerscough melting pot.
Nov 30, 2020
Episode 24: Foreign Cheese
This week, the pod catches up with Myerscough's resident viking Troy Culley. Troy talks about his coaching "eureka moment", balancing basketball with daily life and some of the highlights of where the game has taken him.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 23: Breaking Out
Second-year Myerscough guard Pedro Ellery joins the podcast to talk about how he adjusted to living away from home in Year 1, how he's taken on a leadership role this year and what he believes helps players rise within the Academy.
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 22: Sweet Home Alabama
Myerscough Basketball coaching staff newcomer and Alabama native Joe Gurley joins the pod to talk about where his passion for sports developed, his early years as a coach, working with NCAA Division I student-athletes and what he now hopes to bring to the Academy.
Nov 9, 2020
Episode 21: My Mental Health
SCO: The Podcast returns for season 2 and opens with Neal Hopkins hosting Louis Sullivan, who chats candidly about his struggles with mental health, hitting rock bottom and what gave him the confidence to seek help, and how he's now bringing awareness to the topic. You can support Louis' Movember cause here: https://uk.movember.com/mospace/14436477.
Aug 31, 2020
Episode 20: My Balancing Act
In the Season 1 finale of SCO: The Podcast, alum Dave Walsh talks about the evolution of Myerscough Basketball throughout his time playing in the green and black, as well as his own personal progression on and off the court using the progamme as a vehicle. Dave also explains how he balances a full-time job alongside a busy basketball schedule.
Aug 24, 2020
Episode 19: My Big Move
Myerscough Basketball alum James Banton recently picked up his life in England and headed to Switzerland for work. In this episode, he talks moving on from basketball but also how he took advantage of the opportunities the sport provided along the way to his new pursuit.
Aug 17, 2020
Episode 18: My First-Team Physio
Former Myerscough Basketball physio Nick McCarthy joins the podcast to talk about his journey from British Basketball to the Premier League where he’s currently a first-team physiotherapist at Burnley FC. He also looks back his fondest memories and the players he crossed paths with.
1 hr 13 min
Aug 10, 2020
Episode 17: My Time to Lead
Myerscough Basketball committed to help strengthen junior basketball in the region by forming a U14 Boys team to give young athletes an opportunity to see more court time alongside their current club formats. Shaun Hoyle, who was appointed U14 Boys coach, joins the podcast to about his coaching journey and the initial aims for the programme.
Aug 3, 2020
Episode 16: My No Look Pass
Rayon Brown drops by to chat all things Myerscough Basketball, including who he believes is the best team in the Academy's history (so far). He also names his all-time Sco teammates team and dishes out on the celebrities he's bumped into while working at Harrods.
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 15: My Strength
Former Myerscough Basketball Academy S&C coach Alex Hodgson joins the show to chat about his six-year journey with the programme and how he is adapting to his new job at UCLan. Alex also reveals who he thinks were some of the strongest and most athletic players to pass through Academy doors.
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 14: My Fitness
Myerscough alum James Harvey, who was part of the first class, joins the podcast to talk about what convinced him to take a flyer on a new Academy, why he developed a love for fitness and how he’s built a successful fitness business.
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 13: My Biggest Fishy
Myerscough alum Bradley Fisher takes us on the winding road from teenage Chorley fame to his current role within the healthcare system in the United States. "The Biggest Fishy" also tells us about the time he crossed paths with Steph Curry and what it was like to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Jahlil Okafor and more.
1 hr 10 min
Jul 6, 2020
Episode 12: My Name is Joseph Bankole
Joseph Bankole had a less than conventional route into the sport of basketball, but his drive has helped him become one of the top 50 junior prospects in Britain. He shares the lessons he's learned along his journey, how he ended up at Myerscough and some of his best stories from Year 1 in Preston.
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 11: My Media Man
The script flips as regular host Allen Gunn becomes the interviewee as Myerscough Basketball Academy architect Neal Hopkins takes the reigns. Neal learns how Allen ended up on this side of the Atlantic, how his love of sport developed and more.
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 10: My Freshman Year
Drexel Men’s Basketball starting forward and Myerscough Basketball alum Mate Okros joins Allen Gunn to talk about the ups and downs of being a NCAA Division I athlete, as well as recap some of the freshman highlights, what he hopes to accomplish in Year 2 and teaming up with Amari Williams again.
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 9: My Calling
It took patience and a late-night viewing of a David Olusoga documentary, but Myerscough alum Caine Lewin-Turner found his calling in studying history and is pursuing that path to the fullest as both a scholar and an activist.
Jun 8, 2020
Episode 8: Mi Jefe
Neal "El Jefe" Hopkins finally joins Allen to talk about Myerscough Basketball Academy's early days, the standout moments, why some cheeses are dangerous and his secret to becoming a MABL superstar.
Jun 1, 2020
Episode 7: My Own Path
A (student union) president, a lettings negotiator and a legal administrator. Emmanuel Kabengele, Alex Roberts and Cian Hickey all had their own reasons to forgo the American basketball dream and pursue degrees at prestigious universities based in England, carving their own paths in the process.
1 hr 8 min
May 25, 2020
Episode 6: My Adversity
The road isn’t always easy for a student-athlete, full stop. Mikey Irvine and Myerscough alum Kiko Stavrev and Zion Tordoff join SCO: The Podcast to share how they overcome their own personal obstacles and challenges throughout their development on the way to success.
May 18, 2020
Episode 5: My Scotland
It's a Scottish flavour as Allen welcomes a panel of guests hailing from north of the border, including Celina Eisenhardt, Myerscough alum Callan Low and the McGlasson Family. Lewis is joined by his parents (Christine and Les) to talk about how he exchanged the beaches of Spain for a basketball academy in Bilsborrow.
May 11, 2020
Episode 4: My Academy Coaches
In what was either a good decision or a bad one, Allen Gunn invites Myerscough Basketball Academy coaches Troy Culley (Division 3), Mike Bernard (Women) and Lewis Scott (Under-18s) onto the show to get the trio to dish out their best stories — and to talk basketball, obviously.
May 4, 2020
Episode 3: My European Adventure
Episode 3 of SCO: The Podcast looks back at the historic season Myerscough Basketball had by becoming the first-ever British basketball team at any level to win a season-long European competition. Allen Gunn is joined by Sam Chigbo before sharing a round-table discussion with Bradley Kaboza and Amari Williams. Alumni, current players and coaching staff close the show by recalling their favourite memories from competing in Europe.
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 2: My Journey
Episode 2 delves into the journeys of Ben Nailer, alum Edoardo Del Cadia and former coach Dan Gayle and how each utilised the platform provided by Myerscough to drive their ambitions forward. The show's host, Allen Gunn, and Coach D also reminisce about past moments that have contributed to the Academy's history.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 1: My Pilot
Allen Gunn hosts the first episode of SCO: The Podcast, which gives voice to the stories of Myerscough Basketball Academy student-athletes past and present, as well as the coaching staff and those who have helped make the programme what it is. In Episode 1, Allen chats with current player Great Osobor, recent WBBL Trophy champion and alum Erin Hikin and the women's team head coach Mike Bernard.