By STEVE HEISER
York basketball fans may get to see some future Olympians — or even some future NBA players — on Sunday evening.
The touring Spanish under-18 national team is set to take on the Hilda Goodling Impact Academy prep team at 8 p.m.
The contest will played at the Goodling facility at 459 W. King St., which was formerly home to New Hope Academy.
“(The Spanish team) has three kids that are looking to be on the (next Spanish) Olympic team,” Goodling athletic director David Archer said. “… Some of these kids are going to be future pros. It’s a chance to see some great basketball.”
Spain has traditionally produced some of the top basketball talent in Europe. Among the Spaniards currently playing in the NBA are the Gasol brothers (Marc and Pau) and Ricky Rubio.
The Spanish adult national team is ranked No. 2 in the world, behind only the United States.
The Goodling prep team, meanwhile, is in its first year of existence. Its roster is largely made up of post-high school players. The Goodling team has already compiled a 4-1 record against other prep squads from the East Coast. Prep schools typically serve as a bridge between high school and college.
“We’re trying to create a second chance for kids,” Archer said. “We’re also trying to get them exposure. But’s it’s about more than basketball. We’re trying to teach kids skills to be successful, on the court and in life. We’re also stressing academics and community service.”
There are no York County players on the Goodling team, but there are a number of athletes from central Pennsylvania, including: Reading’s Angel Flores, Steelton’s Miko Jenkins, Lancaster’s Antanee Pinkard and Mount Calvary’s Jason Kuntzelmann.
The Goodling team doesn’t lack for size. Flores is listed at 7 feet, 3 inches tall on the team roster, while Jenkins is 6-8 and Pinkard is 6-5. There’s also another 6-8 guy on the roster.
Some of the other players on the Goodling team come from New York, the Virgin Islands, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
The Goodling team is coached by Will Cabrera, a former Messiah College and Mansfield University assistant. Former Steel-High head coach Mike Pilsitz and former Steel-High all-state guard Ryan Hill are Cabrera’s assistant coaches. Hill also played at Bucknell.
The Goodling-Spain game will be preceded by a youth game at 6 p.m. Featuring Harrisburg and York players.
Ticket for Sunday’s game are $5 for adults and $2 for students.
— Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.