Hemel Storm

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Hemel Storm
Hemel Storm logo
LeagueNBL Division 1
Established2006; 15 years ago (2006)
HistoryWest Herts Warriors II
Watford Storm
Edmonton Storm
Hemel Storm
ArenaHemel Leisure Centre
LocationHemel Hempstead
Team colours   
Main sponsorVanarama
Head coachEngland Andrew Spinks
WebsiteOfficial website

The Hemel Storm are a British semi-professional basketball club from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Founded in 2006, the Storm compete in NBL Division 1, the second tier of the British basketball system, and play their home games at the Everyone Active Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre. The club had been based in several locations across Hertfordshire and north London before settling into their current, long-term home in 2010.

The club has no formal links to the Hemel Hempstead Lakers, a basketball club formerly in the town which relocated to Milton Keynes in 1998. [1]


Originally formed in 2006 as a feeder club for the West Hertfordshire Warriors, the club finished in third place in EBL Division Four (Midlands/South) in their inaugural season, gaining immediate promotion to Division Three (South). Early in the following season, the parent team resigned from Division One due to financial difficulties, leaving the second team to carry on the name alone. The club continued to a fourth place finish despite the off-court upheavals.[2]

The newly independent club moved their home venue to the Westfield Sports Centre in Watford for the 2008-09 season, the move bringing the club a new name (Watford Storm) and another third place finish. However, problems with the Westfield venue led to the club playing in Edmonton by the end of the season, leading to another short-term move for the 2009-10 season, and a further name change to the Edmonton Storm. Finally, the club moved one final time to Hemel Hempstead ahead of the 2010-11 season, renaming themselves the Hemel Storm and bringing basketball back to the town after a 13-year absence.[2]

After settling into their new home, the club went from strength to strength. Over the following seasons, the Storm won the Patrons Cup in 2011, following up with a second placed finish in EBL Division Two in the 2011-12 season and successfully defending their Patrons Cup title. This gained the club promotion to EBL Division One for the 2012-13 season. The club's most high-profile triumph to date was to follow five years later, as the club claimed the National Cup for the first time after a 94-77 victory over Manchester Magic.[3]


National Cup

  • 2018

Patrons Cup

  • 2011, 2012


Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States G Mike Williams
5 England PG Bode Adeluola
6 England PG Nick Allin
7 England G Jonathan Burnell
8 England G Euan James
9 England G Hafeez Abdul
11 England SF Levi Noel
12 England G Shaquille Lewis
15 England F Tayo Oyefusi
21 United States F Gregory Poleon
25 Ghana G/F Walid Mumuni

Notable former players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Division Tier Regular Season Post-Season National Cup
Finish Played Wins Losses Points Win %
West Herts Warriors II
2006-07 D4 Mid 5 3rd 16 12 4 24 0.750 Quarter Final Did Not Compete
2007-08 D3 Sou 4 4th 22 13 9 26 0.591 Quarter Final Did Not Compete
Watford Storm
2008-09 D3 Sou 4 3rd 24 18 6 36 0.750 Quarter Final 3rd Round
Edmonton Storm
2009-10 D2 3 4th 20 13 7 26 0.650 Semi Final 2nd Round
Hemel Storm
2010-11 D2 3 5th 20 12 8 24 0.600 Quarter Final 2nd Round
2011-12 D2 3 2nd 20 16 4 32 0.800 Quarter Final Quarter Final
2012-13 D1 2 10th 26 11 15 22 0.423 Did Not Qualify Quarter Final
2013-14 D1 2 3rd 26 18 8 36 0.692 Quarter Final 3rd Round
2014-15 D1 2 10th 24 9 15 18 0.375 Did Not Qualify 3rd Round
2015-16 D1 2 4th 26 18 8 36 0.692 Quarter Final 3rd Round
2016-17 D1 2 8th 26 13 13 26 0.500 Quarter Final 4th Round
2017-18 D1 2 7th 24 12 12 24 0.500 Runners-Up Winners, beating Manchester
2018-19 D1 2 9th 26 11 15 22 0.423 Did Not Qualify Semi Finals
2019-20 D1 2 4th 23 16 7 35 0.696 No Playoffs Quarter Finals
2020-21 D1 2 3rd 19 14 5 28 0.737 Runners-Up No competition

Record in BBL competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away
2020–21 BBL Trophy R1 Cheshire Phoenix L 77-63


  1. ^ "Hemel Storm, Club History". Hemel Storm Club Website.
  2. ^ a b "Edmonton Storm move to Hemel Hempstead under new management". Basketball England. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ "National Cup Win". Basketball England.

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