The Madibaz team are focused on making an impact when they challenge for the Varsity Basketball title in Johannesburg this weekend.
The inaugural tournament will be played at the Wits University Sports Hall, with the opening weekend of matches taking place from October 5 to 7.
It will be completed the following weekend, the climax coming with the final to be held on October 14.
Madibaz Sport Basketball manager Bernard Petersen said they might lack the experience of some of the Gauteng-based teams, but they were determined to show what they could do.
“I believe the youngsters in the team are ready to put up their hands and compete.
“This is indeed an ideal opportunity for our players and we want them to go there with an open mind and learn more about their games as we look ahead to 2019.”
He felt that the experience of players like Elton Mothibi and captain Sikumbuzo Dlamini would be vital to the Madibaz cause.
“Elton has competed in the Basketball National League and is a very good mentor for the young players.
“Sikumbuzo, who has played alongside Elton for the past few years, has a good ability to keep the team motivated on and off the court.”
Petersen said their strength lay in their fitness and movement, with a quick transition game.
“The team has been training regularly and I believe that good preparation is the key to success.”
The teams to battle it out for the Varsity Basketball trophy will be University of KwaZulu-Natal, UJ, University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, VUT and Wits.
The tournament will feature an innovative power play where for two minutes every point scored will count double.