The Varsity Basketball Tournament was formally introduced in 2018 for the very first time under the Varsity Sports brand. The Varsity Basketball tournament is a university basketball premiere league for all the top eight university basketball teams in South Africa. The tournament was spread over two weekends (4-6 October and 10-13 October 2019) and was hosted at the Wits Old Mutual Sports Hall. This year, our basketball women’s side - the SpaceBox Wits Lady Bucks featured in the tournament and competed against Vaal University of Technology, the University of Cape Town, North West University and the University of Pretoria – the men’s side SpaceBox Wits Basketball finished third in this year’s campaign and they competed against the University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Pretoria, North West University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, and Vaal University of Technology. We look forward to yet another exciting Varsity Basketball Campaign in 2020.
The annual championships under the auspices of University Sport South Africa (USSA) is currently the premier national yearly platform for SA inter-varsity basketball, held in the first week of July.The 2019 USSA Basketball championships were held at the University of Cape Town and our women's team finished in fourth position while our men's team finished third.Congratulations to Ipeleng Nyatlo from the women's team and Miguel Ferrao from the men's team who received the All-Star award for each division respectively.
Inner City Super League
The Inner City Super League (established in 2013) is one of the largest regional leagues in South Africa featuring the best basketball teams and players in the country. Click on this link for updates on the league and fixtures.
Gauteng University Basketball League (GUBL)
This is the Gauteng provincial inter-varsity league in which Wits Basketball teams - collectively known as the SpaceBox Wits Bucks - campaign. The Wits Bucks entered two men's teams in 2019, the SpaceBox Wits Horny Bucks (Men's Div 1 pool A) and SpaceBox Wits Young Bucks (Men's Div 2), and two women's teams, SpaceBox Wits Lady Bucks (Women's pool A) and SpaceBox Wits Buck Ladies (Women's pool B).
Men's division 1
1. SpaceBox Wits Horny Bucks
Men's Division 2
1. SpaceBox Wits Young Bucks
Women's division 1
1. SpaceBox Wits Lady Bucks
Women's Division 2
2. SpaceBox Wits Buck Ladies
Wits Basketball Internal League
The club is also presently recruiting teams to play in the Wits Basketball Internal League (WIBL). Eight teams each will contest the men's and women's sections every Fri afternoon/early evenings at Hall 29.
Ashraf Lodewyk Memorial Basketball Tournament
This tournament, staged by Wits Basketball every April, is one of the most eagerly awaited events on the annual basketball calendar. Clubs from as far as Zimbabwe and Swaziland are among the participants, and scouts from the BasketBall National League (BNL) descend on Hall 29 to check out the talent on display.
- Phenomenal Phenoms
- Wits Horny Bucks
- Phoenix Flames
- UJ Galaxy
The All-Star awards went to Miguel Ferrao and Mosibudi Meela from the men's basketball team.
Wits Lady Bucks Tournament
Every year, over the August 9 Women's Day public holiday, the Wits Basketball club hosts its Women's Tournament. The tournament is aimed at promoting Basketball and to also honour women in sport. This year we hosted a total of 16 teams. Division one teams: North-West University - Vaal Triangle Campus, Superladies Basketball Club (Eswatini), UJ Galaxy, VandJ Women's Basketball Club, Pretoria's Finest, Soweto Basketball Academy (Snrs), Vaal University of Technology and the SpaceBox WITS Lady Bucks. Division two teams: Johannesburg District u18, Predators, Space Box WITS Buck Ladies, Zimbabwe ATS u20 Basketball, Epiglo Ladies' Club, Johannesburg District u16, Michael Mount Waldorf School and Soweto Basketball Academy (Jnrs) the tournament took place from Thursday, 8 – Sunday, 11 August 2019. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 campaign
Division 1 winners - Vaal University of Technology.
Division 2 winners - Epiglo Ladies' Club
Congratulations to the 2019 All Stars and MVPs
- 1 - VandJ - Requelh Molema
- 4 - WITS - Ipeleng Nyatlo
- 7 - VUT - Stabile Ngandini
- 15 - WITS - Nicole Mangondo
- 13 - VUT - Emma Makoni (MVP)
- 5 - JHB u18 District - Rachel Ngona
- 2 - Michael Mount - Monika Cupedo
- 4 - Epiglo - Keatlegile Ramorwesi
- 11 - JHB u18 District - Samantha van Aswegen
- 6 - Epiglo - Marie Mutengo (MVP)
Wits Basketball Academy
The Wits Basketball Club has Launched a unique basketball academy that is aimed at developing fundamental skills in basketball. If you would like to join the academy kindly request more information by sending an email to: Ntshembo.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Times
Sport officer: Ntshembo Vukeya- 011 717 9404/ email@example.com
Club chairperson: Nametso Malatsi - Nametsomahlako@gmail.com
Men's head coach: Tshiamo Ngakane-Tshiamo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Assistant Coach: Nompumelelo Ramatsoga - Leloram@gmail.com
Women’s head coach: Willie Matlakala- email@example.com
Women’s assistant coach: Manyani Maseko- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internal League
2019 Varsity Basketball Log Standings
Teams Played Won Lost Drew PD Pts 1 UJ 7 6 1 0 176 13 2 TUKS 7 5 2 0 64 12 3 SpaceBox WITS 7 5 2 0 57 12 4 UKZN 7 4 3 0 22 11 5 VUT 7 4 3 0 14 11 6 NWU 7 2 5 0 -148 9 7 UCT 7 1 6 0 -77 8 8 UWC 7 1 6 0 -108 8
Teams Played Won Lost Drew PD PTS 1 VUT 3 3 0 0 49 6 2 NWU 3 2 1 0 43 5 3 UCT 3 1 2 0 -49 4 4 SpaceBox Wits 3 0 3 0 -43 3
SpaceBox Sponsors Wits Basketball Club
To grow and succeed, sports teams – including varsity teams – need more than just dedication. They need funding, too.
SpaceBox specialises in providing on-demand student storage for Wits students and students at other campuses across South Africa. Now the company is supporting Wits sports, with sponsorship of the Wits Basketball Club – a.k.a. the Wits Bucks.
Winners of the 2019 Wits Club of the Year award, the Wits Bucks.
Says Director of SpaceBox, Wouter Klomp, “We’re so happy to be sponsoring the Wits Bucks. The student athletes on these teams make us proud! They’re leading the way in varsity sports with their commitment, sportsmanship and outstanding results.”
On 26 September, the SpaceBox Wits Bucks stole the show, winning the Club of the Year award at the 2019 Annual Wits Sport Awards. Also at the event, Wits basketball player, Everisto Pasipamire, won both the Sportsman of the Year and Varsity Sport Player of the Year awards.
Klomp notes that, “...supporting varsity sport is very much in line with our brand. SpaceBox focuses on meeting the storage needs of students. We collect, store and deliver, direct to the Wits campus, residences and student digs.”
“We know the campus, the young people...and we love supporting a sport that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves here in SA”, says Klomp.
SpaceBox accepts a commendation at the 2019 Wits Sports Awards.
“We were so proud of the Wits Bucks at the recent award ceremony – and we were delighted that SpaceBox earned a special commendation too!”