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Striking sensation endorses Hoops Aid

HOOP DREAMS: Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

JAY EMMANUEL-THOMAS has already conquered Wembley - now he wants to conquer the O2 Arena.

The former Arsenal striker has just helped Bristol City win promotion to the Championship.

And he was also in the City side which beat Walsall 2-0 to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley in March.

But he will be showing off some different shooting skills at the O2 as part of charity basketball event Hoops Aid.

The 24-year-old Londoner said: "Yeah I won at Wembley so winning at the O2 as well would be fantastic.

"But the main thing is that everyone comes down and has a good time because it's all for a good cause."

Hoops Aid is a fundraiser for the Sports Traider charity which helps to break down barriers of race, background or ability to get kids into sport, and takes place before the BBL Play-off final on May 10.

Emmanuel-Thomas will play against the likes of Steve-O from Jackass, boxer Dereck Chisora, Diversity's Ike Ezekwugo, Olympic legends Jamie Baulch and John Regis, The Voice winner Jermain Jackman and Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead MBE.

He said: "The game will be a lot of fun. I've played basketball and I'm quite good.

"I used to play for Forest Gate and they were a decent side. Once I started at Arsenal it got pushed to the side but I still play with friends.

"I follow the Bristol Flyers. Whenever I don't have a game I try to go.

"Growing up my hero was Kobe Bryant and I was a big LA Lakers fan. Hopefully they can get back to what they were."

For more info on Hoops Aid 2015, follow @hoopsaid - visit www.sportstraider.org.uk or visit http://bit.ly/1DOONDf to buy tickets

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