Brunel university london ducks
Brunel Basketball’s history and performance track record reflects this with the University targeting Basketball as one of six Performance Sports that receive additional focused support for its members. The University first team is the longest serving team, without relegation, in the top flight of BUCS competition. In the past 25 years the first team has made the “Final 8” tournament 20 times, winning the tournament in the 1999-2000 season.
Throughout the 80s, the University was home to the original Brunel Ducks National League Basketball team, drawn from a combination of students and external players. The team’s crowning achievement came in 1987, when they became the most unlikely of champions, winning the National League Basketball Championship Trophy at Wembley, as detailed in John Kirkland’s book Ducking and Diving. Unfortunately, the team disbanded shortly afterwards. The team was re-launched in 2014 with the idea of uniting the communities of Hillingdon and Brunel behind a competitive Basketball team, combining both students and members of the local community in the line-up. The ultimate goal of this project being to see the Brunel Ducks relive those former glory days by competing in the top league of Basketball England. Building on our inaugural season, where we won National League Division 4 South East, this year saw us finish as runners up in National League Division Three to an excellent Thames Valley Cavaliers team that went unbeaten in all competitions.
The Ducks also have a strong link with NCAA Division 2 team Florida Tech that has helped aid the development of the team. In 2014 the ducks embarked on a 12-day tour of Florida playing 5 games against division two teams. Adding to the invaluable experience of the trip, head coach Pete Deppisch contacted his old teammate and head coach of the Miami Heat who gave a meet and greet with the players and tickets to watch an NBA game. The following year, the university played host to Florida Tech as they embarked on a UK preseason tour.