Brand Ambassadors

Meet our Brand Ambassadors

Victor Olarerin

Victor is currently playing for the Essex Rebels in the NBL Division 1.

From London, Victor started playing basketball with Thames Valley Cavaliers U16 and then shortly moved to London United to compete in the ABL and EYBL. This is where he began to learn the game of basketball and really hone in on his talents.

"Being an ambassador for Always Ballin is a very proud moment, I remember back when I was playing U18 and seeing all the older players rocking the Always Ballin merch and wishing I could get some myself, and looking up to the likes of Elvisi Dusha and other high level players which are brand ambassadors."

"Above all, though, the thought of being a role model to all the young aspiring ballers out there makes this whole experience worth a lifetime. I am really big on inspiring the next generation as once upon a time, that was me looking up to the older players and wanting to be like them."

Be sure to follow Victor this season!

Follow Victor online


Chantelle Handy

Last season Chantelle suited up for EuroLeague side TT Riga in Latvia where she helped them win multiple titles after having enjoyed a great career overseas.

The London 2012 Olympian will make her return to the WBBL to play for the new look Caledonia Gladiators as Player-Assistant Coach.

Be sure to follow Chantelle Gladiators this season!

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Daniel Azancourt

Daniel started playing basketball in Venezuela where he played in Junior National Basketball Tournaments, he went on to play in Colombia before moving to Spain to play in the U18 First Division League.

This year Daniel came to London to play for London United and was featured on the team that made it to the Hoopsfix Pro-Am Finals.

Daniel will continue his basketball journey at Myerscough Basketball College this upcoming season.

Follow Daniel online


Athena Thompson

Hi I’m Athena Thompson I’m 14 years old I stayed playing basketball when I was 7 years old and fell in love with the sport. This year I was successful in representing England in Menorca, Scotland and Serbia this is my biggest achievement so far.

This year I’ve also enjoyed taking part in lots of 3x3 and winning the under 14’s girls in Essex and under 16’s NBA 3x3 London.

My aspirations for the coming season are to continue representing England and as a team hoping to make it to the final fours national league. I love the style of always ballon clothes and can’t wait to be one of their brand ambassadors

Follow Athena online 


Abby Lowe

Abby started playing basketball in France at the age of 10. At 16, Abby moved to London and attended Barking Academy, with their help Abby got a scholarship to San Diego State University in the USA.

Abby was apart of the incredible run by Newcastle Eagles that led them all the way to the WBBL Playoff Finals last season and was also apart of the U23 GB 3x3 team that competed in the 3x3 Europe's Cup in Paris last Summer.

In the early part of the 2021/22 WBBL season Abby joined the Durham Palatinates and dropped 38 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals plus the win in her debut!

For the 2022/23 season Abby as joined French side Anglet Côte Basque Basket, be sure to follow Abby this season!

Follow Abby online 
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Gracie Maloney-Holland

I love to play Basketball! I started to play whilst I was living in the USA for 2 years, where I developed a passion for the sport. I came back to the UK recently and when not training, I spend most of my free time practising on my drive.

I am dedicated to playing Basketball and push myself every day to learn and practice new skills and drills. With this in mind, it would be great if I could encourage more girls to take up the sport.

Gracie is currently playing for Bristol Flyers Girls U14.

Favourite Basketball Team(s) - Brooklyn Nets, Seattle Storm, Huskies
Favourite Basketball Player(s) - Kyrie Irving, Jewell Loyd, Paige Bueckers

Follow Gracie online 
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Naomi Campbell

Naomi has been a basketball player since the age of 12, having spent (almost) all of her career playing for; not only the first women’s basketball club, but also the most decorated club, the Sheffield Hatters.

In her early years, she represented her country at the junior ages and has gone on to have a successful senior club career.

Naomi has won a total of 20 national titles for Sheffield Hatters in Div1/WBBL, with the most recent being in 2019 when she lifted the WBBL Cup as co-captain!

She also has a BUCS Championship to her name, while playing for Sheffield Hallam during her Masters (after numerous attempts at the title with Loughborough University).

After a recent battle with injury, Naomi has returned to court and is currently playing for Nottingham Trent in WNBL1, is now back with the Hatters in the WBBL season in a pursuit of more silverware.

In addition to playing basketball, she is also a secondary maths teacher.

Follow her journey back to the WBBL.

Follow Naomi online
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Jordan Williams

Currently playing for the London Lions, the versatile big man has played professionally since he was 17!

Jordan was apart of the Wolves BBL Cup winning team in 2020 & a former MVP of the British Basketball All-Star Championship in 2018 with the Surrey Scorchers so we're thrilled to have Jordan on board!

Be sure to follow him and the Lions this season as they look to add more Silverware!

Follow Jordan online
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Hannah Shaw

Our first WBBL brand ambassador, a Silver Medalist at the CWG in 2018, Hannah who played for the Manchester Mystics last season.

Follow Hannah online
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Mike Tuck

Mike has represented England Basketball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and has also been an NBA Analyst for the Sky Sports.  

The former BBL Playoff Finals MVP will be heading into his 13th season with the Sheffield Sharks so be sure to follow him this season!

Follow Mike online
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Jordan Whelan

Jordan currently playing for the Bradford Dragons previously playing for the Manchester Giants.

"My goal is to promote, build and establish basketball culture in the UK for the best future!"

Be sure to follow Jordan this season!

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Will Reid

Will started playing basketball at 21 & has recently signed with NBL Division 2 NEBC Titans after going undefeated in D3

"Basketball has helped me with opportunities and given me comfort in dark times. Signing with Titans along with the work I’m doing with my foundation to provide funding for kids from impoverished backgrounds to pursue their dreams with less of a financial burden. So it makes perfect sense to sign with Titans and push forward"

Follow Will online
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Boban Jacdonmi

Boban playing for the Surrey Scorchers in the 2022/23 season after spending the last 2 seasons with the Glasgow Rocks. 

"I’ve always strived to be a face to look up to for the youth. Being apart of Always Ballin, as well as signing with Surey that has a strong fan base, I will be able to do that and more"

Be sure to follow Boban this season

Follow Boban online
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Tope Alli-Balogun

Tope is currently the Basketball coach of University of East London & Barking Abbey Basketball Academy, Tope has also been involved with Great Britain Basketball as a U16 Assistant coach.

To find out more about Tope check out 'The Coaches Call' here

Favourite team(s) - Las Vegas Aces
Favourite player(s) - Chris Paul & Aja Wilson

Follow Tope online
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Mike Miller

 Mike is the embodiment of our “Hoops Geek” t-shirts. He’s appeared as an analyst on Sky Sports’ Heat Check, ESPN and BBC 5 Live, is a host on the Double Clutch podcast (the longest running NBA pod in the UK) and the presenter of Nothing But Net. Mike’s written for FIBA Media, Give Me Sport and Hoops Habit and has interviewed a host of NBA legends including; Steve Nash, Rip Hamilton, Marcus Camby, Shawn Marion, Gheorghe Muresan, Andre Miller and Bruce Bowen.

Favourite Basketball Team(s) - 90s Bulls & 00s Blazers
Favourite Basketball Player(s) - Jordan, Pippen, Sheed...the list goes on..

Follow Mike online
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Tiarna Brazier

Basketball has been a key part of my life for the last 7 years. 
I'm currently playing in the EKBA for Folkestone Saints. Last year I played in the WNBL Division 2 (south) for Christchurch Saints and I'm looking to play national league again next year. I would love to be able to dunk one day.

Favourite Basketball Team(s) - LA Lakers, LA Sparks & London Lions
Favourite Basketball Player(s) - Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi & Candace Parker

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Kenisha Whyte

Currently playing for the Women's National Basketball League Brent Bulls in NBL 2, Kenisha is known for her midrange shots from all angles.

“I’ve always loved to be part of something and represent it. I want to be an inspiration to many young athletes, that they can achieve anything if they believe and work hard.”

Favourite Basketball Team(s) - Brooklyn Nets & London Lions
Favourite Basketball Player(s) - Hard to choose one but Maya Moore, Skylar Diggins and Kevin Durrant

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Jules Dang-Akodo

Professional basketball player having played with the Surrey Scorchers, London Lions and the London City Royals  Jules has been playing locked D and looking good doing it with what seems his endless variety of kicks!

Follow Jules online

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Chris Mountford - CMB Skillz Training

I am basketball skills & development specialist from Staffordshire for all ages & abilities, I've been around basketball for 14 years however my playing career was cut short because of injuries, so now I'm giving back and helping players develop their game so they can reach their full potential and hopefully one day play at the highest level.

Favourite Basketball Team(s) - NBA Teams
Favourite Basketball Player(s) - Lebron James

Follow Chris online
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Elvisi Dusha

Professional basketball player and Captain of the Plymouth Patriots  The former London City Royals player helped the team win the BBL Trophy in 2018.

Be sure to check out the LVC Collection as Elvisi is also our first player sponsored athlete with his own sports range the LVC Collection

Follow Elvisi online

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