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Great Britain’s Final Eurobasket Roster Announced

August 28, 2011 13:50 pm 30 comments

by Sam Neter

British Basketball has today announced the 12 man Great Britain roster head coach Chris Finch will be competing with in Lithuania at the 2011 Eurobasket.

San Antonio Spurs draft pick Ryan Richards was the last player to be released from the squad, a cut that comes as a surprise to many, leaving Finch with just four true big men. Regardless, Performance Director, Chris Spice has been impressed by Ryan’s performances this summer and is optimistic about his future international career:

“Ryan has had a great summer with British Basketball starting back in June with the under 20 programme. His great performances there and at the front of the senior camp meant he was still in the mix to the very end which is a credit to his effort. If he continues to improve on the little things in his game then he will have a lengthy international basketball career. We look forward to seeing him progress and we wish him well in his upcoming club season.”

Great Britain Final 12 Eurobasket Roster

Ogo Adegboye
Robert Archibald
Eric Boateng
Dan Clark
Luol Deng
Joel Freeland
Kyle Johnson
Andrew Lawrence
Mike Lenzly
Nate Reinking
Andrew Sullivan
Devon van Oostrum

The first round of EuroBasket will be hosted in Panevezys where GB will take on the home nation Lithuania (31 Aug), Turkey (1 Sept), Spain (2 Sept), Portugal (4 Sept) and Poland (5 Sept).

What do you think of the final roster? How will we do at Eurobasket?

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  • london thing

    OMG picked by San Antonio Spurs but over looked by GB this has to be a very serious low point for him. All he has to do now is hit the gym and work on some back to basket moves in the post and stop with all the fade away shoots. Work on his rebounding and be serious about what his further other wise he will just end up on the scrap heap of basketball. Ryan Richards and Matthew Amanning are to young ball players who need some guidance now others its going to be to late for both of them in a sport very few from this country make it in. Just ask Pops how hard it is to make it in the NBA or any other league out there, other than the BBL

    • http://poundingtherock.com hiphopjunki3

      I agree with everything you said 100%. I’m kind of surprised the coach actually stuck with all those guards on the final roster though.

      Richards definitely needs to work on post moves and rebounding to truly take advantage of his physical attributes. I think as far as rebounding goes he just needs to remember to constantly box out instead of trying to go for the ball. Offensively he does like to mix it up in the post but his foot work is still raw and he doesn’t truly have any moves or counter moves on the block. He needs a good coach and people his height or taller to practice these moves against

    • coach z

      it was the right move, richards is out of position, hes not a defensive presence at the high level, this is his 1st time playing against real pro level comp…..hes not a board cleaner, shot blocker nor physical, he has no post game but he thinks he is a 3 at 6’10…….coach does not need that on his team right now….he needs someone of that size to be a garbagteman and do all the dirty work tht most europeans dont like to do…..mathew is the same way too….thats why theyboth got cut so coach knows what hes doin

  • twopointgeezer

    Ryan Richards is far from being the finished product and he has lots of work to do, however I cannot get behind this decision by Finchy, who I like greatly as a coach.

    Ryan Richards is one of the main components in the future of GB basketball, so surely it’s essential that he gets Eurobasket experience, even if he doesn’t get off the bench? Not to mention he could probably make more of an impact than Kyle Johnson anyway. He showed signs of total dominance in spurts during the Cobham games. Sure there was some questionable shot selection and signs of immaturity with that, but that’s what you get with a young player.

    I can’t understand this at all. Richards is one of the most talented guys on the entire team, he just needs experience and seasoning. You’d have thought getting him to Lithuania would be really important, especially when his place is being taken by a pretty bog standard player.

    Bad decision.

  • JohnB

    GB are not going to win any medals in the Olympics and it is also doubtful as to how well they will do next week.

    Therefore what IS important is the future and to this end both Ryan Richards and DVO should be in the team. The experience they both would get would be invaluable to both them and to English basketball.

    I would suggest this is arguably more important than GB coming 11th rather than 12th, for example, in the results table.

    • coach z

      pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase read carl’s comment n tell me wht u think sir, thanks

  • Simon

    I think this is a bad decision. We need to take good young players like Ryan Richards. I really don’t think he got the playing time to prove himself. I hope this setback makes him even more determined to make his game even better

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  • Carl

    Too bad for Ryan – he and MBA are both victims of the impressive front court depth we have on our roster right now as well as the gaping hole we have at the PG position. No doubt this was a tough decision for Finch, but ultimately the right one. He chose to keep Kyle Johnson for his perimeter shooting (and to cover for Sullivan) as well as three point guards – none of whom have demonstrated consistently that they are able to handle playing at this level. If we had a clear #1 and #2 PG, I’m sure Ryan would have made the cut but right now Devon, Ogo and Lawrence all need time to develop and prove they can handle the pressure.

    • Tunchipprototype

      IMPRESSIVE?!?!?!?! BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Carl

        Yes, by our and many other countries’ standards it is impressive.

        Let’s see, we have:
        Luol Deng – NBA standout
        Joel Freeland – Elite European big/strong NBA prospect
        Rob Archibald – 2 years’ NBA experience/top European player
        Dan Clark – Solid European big/fringe NBA prospect
        Eric Boateng – Former Duke recruit and NBA D-league player
        Andrew Sullivan – seasoned vet, ex-NCAA standout at Villanova

        Off the team:
        MBA – starter at top NCAA D1 school/fringe NBA prospect
        Ryan – Spurs draft pick/solid NBA prospect

        How can anyone say that this group isn’t the most impressive collection of front court personnel we have ever had? What other countries have as much strength in depth as this from 3-5?

        • coach z

          ok to other countries…..your frontcourt are not standouts….Dan Clark, Rob Archibald Eric Boateng mba and Ryan Richards cant keep a job in the NBA

          Rob Archibald: got drafted in the 2nd round to the grizzlies who didnt even want him then to the sun then the magic and the raptors who didnt want him either. 2 yrs or=f nba experience means he was in effective at the highest level….to other countries standards…FAIL!

          MBA: College game is different tempo from the nba game….mba is an unorthodox 4 who wants to be a three whose athleticism and knowlege of his role and position is the reason he did not get drafted, plus he was inconsistent while playing at UW….he was not the teams gto to guy either….ask his teammate isiah thomas…plus the pac 12 conference was weak compared to the big east southeastern big 10 and big 12…no other team in his conference were ranked other than u of arizona….so to other countries standards….fail!!

          Dan Clark stats:
          CB Estudiantes: Points 5.8 Rebs: 2.7 Blocks: 0.4 FG pct: 46.2 3pt pct: 35.7…..for his size, this stat is terrible…..for someone 6’11 and only average 2.7 rebs and 0.4 blocks is hooorrible! to other countries standards…..FAIL!!

          Joel Freeland: Athletic but very raw…..got drafted 30th overall in 2005 but trailblazers havent shown any interest in signing him and hes yet to play in one official nba game which does not look good in his nba future……to other countries standards….FAIL!

          Eric Boateng: Not a strong offensive player at all, good rebounder but a hacking mackine…not very effective except for space and rebounding purpose….he got no playing time at duke, transferred to Asu and got no playing time there, got cut by the denver nuggets and now playing in the d leage where hes only earning $25,000 a yr? thats not impressive……to other countries standards…FAIL!!

          Ryan Richards: NOT a solid NBA prospect5 cuz he wants to be a three and him trying to play a 3 with no three experience will guarantee him a short nba stint, talented but inconsistent and no strength…..with his size he needs to understand his role at a four better…..plus hes very inconsistent and freezes up against talented teams especially with a team with a talented 4…to other countries standards …… FAIL!

          Now back to your other obscure question……

          “What other countries have as much strength in depth as this from 3-5?”

          HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! THIS IS TOO EASY

          my native countyry Team USA:

          Kevin Durant: NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
          2× NBA All-Star (2010–2011)
          2× NBA scoring champion (2010–2011)
          2× All-NBA First Team (2010–2011)
          NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)
          2× H-O-R-S-E Competition winner (2009–2010)
          2010 FIBA World Championship MVP
          Oscar Robertson Trophy (2007)
          Adolph Rupp Trophy (2007)
          Naismith College Player of the Year (2007)
          John R. Wooden Award (2007)

          Carmelo Anthony-
          4× NBA All-Star (2007–2008, 2010–2011)
          All-NBA Second Team (2010)
          3× All-NBA Third Team (2006–2007, 2009)
          NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (2005)
          NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
          NCAA Basketball Tournament MOP (2003)
          NCAA Champion (2003)

          lebron james:
          2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009–2010)
          NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
          7× NBA All-Star (2005–2011)
          NBA Scoring Champion (2008)
          5× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2011)
          2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)
          3× All-Defensive First Team (2009–2011)
          NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
          2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008)
          Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2003)

          dwight howard:
          3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2009–2011)
          5× NBA All-Star (2007–2011)
          4× All-NBA First Team (2008–2011)
          All-NBA Third Team (2007)
          3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2011)
          NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008)
          NBA Slam Dunk Champion (2008)
          NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)
          Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2004)

          chris bosh
          6× NBA All-Star (2006–2011)
          All-NBA Second Team (2007)
          NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

          kobe bryant:
          5× NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
          2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)
          NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
          13× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011)
          2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)
          9× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2011)
          2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)
          2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
          9× All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)
          2× All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002)
          NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
          4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
          NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
          Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)

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          • coach z

            Team Spain

            voctor claver – 1st round, 22nd overall, 2009
            Portland Trail Blazers,

            rudy fernandez
            2× Spanish King’s Cup MVP (2004, 2008)
            FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year (2006)
            Euroleague Rising Star (2007)
            NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2009)

            marc gasol

            2004 Spanish League Champion
            2008 Spanish League MVP
            2009 NBA All-Rookie Second Team

            pau gasol
            2× NBA Champion (2009, 2010)
            NBA Rookie of the Year (2002)
            4× NBA All-Star (2006, 2009–2011)
            All-NBA Second Team (2011)
            2× All-NBA Third Team (2009–2010)
            NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)
            FIBA World Championship MVP (2006)
            EuroBasket MVP (2009)
            Spanish King’s Cup MVP (2001)
            Spanish League Finals MVP (2001)
            All-Euroleague Second Team (2001)
            7× European Player of the Year
            2× FIBA Europe Player of the Year (2008–2009)
            2× Mister Europa Player of the Year (2004, 2009)
            3× Euroscar Player of the Year (2008–2010)

            serge ibaka
            CB L’Hospitalet (LEB) (2007–2008)
            Ricoh Manresa (2008–2009)
            Oklahoma City Thunder (2009–present)

            fran vasquez
            11th overall, 2005
            Orlando Magic
            Spanish King’s Cup MVP 2010

            Jorge Garbajosa
            All-Euroleague First Team (2003)
            Italian Cup MVP (2004)
            Spanish Cup MVP (2005)
            All-Euroleague Second Team 2006
            Spanish League Finals MVP (2006)
            European Player of the Year Mr. Europa (2006)
            NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007)

            TEAM FRANCE

            Boris diaw: Charlotte bobcat’s 3
            Joakim Noah: Chicago bulls 5
            Nic batum: Trail Blazer’s 3
            Ronny Turiaf: Ny Knicks 4
            kevin seraphin: Wizard’s 4
            Ian Mahinmi: mavs 5
            Johan Petro: nets 5
            Mickaël Gelabale: 2nd round, 48th overall, 2005
            Seattle SuperSonics

            these are some of the squads that have MORE IMPRESSIVE 3-5 rosters on their squad……now if other countries look at these rosters from the 3-5 players then they look at GB 3-5 rosters, they would say team GB is no where close to impressive as far as frontcourt goes…..lol…..stick to soccer my man…or futbol or whtever yall call it in the uk lol

  • jimbob

    sorry to be pessimistic but this squad is just not good enough for the eurobasket,,,

    • coach z

      agreed

  • jimbob

    roberto archibald top european player????hahhah ok if thats what getting dunked on everygame is then ok lolll

    • coach z

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Jim bob, glad we can agree on something sir, lol

  • Joe

    Getting dunked on means nothing, Motumbo got dunked on nightly and hes still the best shot blocker the nba has seen. Archibald has played in the nba and for some of the best teams in europe. He essential for our eurobasket team to be sucessful! He is our toughest interior player and will bang harder than any other big.

  • BobSaiers

    The longer this goes on, the more shockingly clear it is, outside of Luol, Pops is our most valuable player. Freeland has been great, but we desperately need Pops. In his absence, dropping Bryan-Amaning and Richards feels like a bad move.

    Credit where credit is due for allegiance etc, but if we are being serious about competing at the top level, Sullivan’s fragility has to be brought into question and didn’t Dan break his hand, or something similar? In a situation where things look grim for putting on our best possible showing, you can always take positives from games if you give the young up and coming players a chance to gain valuable experience. Richards and/or Bryan-Amaning should have been in this mix somewhere. We also need to dig deeper at the 3 spot behind Luol. We can’t rely on Sullivan at this level (and that is with the utmost respect to him for his commitment and advocacy of team GB from the start).

    The Latvia result and recent cuts leave me feeling disappointingly nervous about the direction of the team. We can’t afford to drop momentum now.

    Anyone know the status of Pops injury?

    • coach z

      it wont make a different if pops comes back, he cant do it by himself, bball is not an individual game…….its a team gme remember and tean gb are not an aggressive team

  • Carl

    Even though you have completely missed the point of what I was saying, I can’t help responding.

    Its just laughable when the strongest example of a European frontcourt is Spain. I mean did you actually watch any of these guys play this year?

    Rudy Fernandez – a scrub who hasn’t been able to get off Portland’s bench his entire career before being dumped for a 1st round draft pick
    Pau Gasol – as soft as a cream puff, he was instrumental in helping the Lakers get swept in this year’s playoffs calling many to call for him to be traded
    Marc Gasol – while he’s the best player of the three you mention, he’s still essentially an overweight stiff

    Enjoy your trolling.

    • coach z

      u said to your standards and to othercountries standards that theres no other teams that can match gbs front court and its funny u hatin on rudy fernandez whiles hes still in the league and rob archibalds fat ass cant even get up frm the floor, dan clark is a softie who only shoots jumpshots…drwe sullivan is inconsistent, say wht u want bout pau gasol but he has a championhip ring…..has any gb players got any? marc gasol may be a stiff but hes more effective than dan, rob, ryan and mba……man just face it……yall suck and you especially shouldnt say anything cuz your giving yo fellow brits a bad name, your basketball knowledge is incompetent anbd you are the indenial brit who refuses to admit when he’s wrong….but u know what they say, never argue with those with less knowlege about anything or you will be on their same level, hahaha your hilarious….lol…what has gb done to get national attention huh? lol

    • coach z

      Yes, by our and many other countries’ standards it is impressive.

      Let’s see, we have:
      Luol Deng – NBA standout
      Joel Freeland – Elite European big/strong NBA prospect
      Rob Archibald – 2 years’ NBA experience/top European player
      Dan Clark – Solid European big/fringe NBA prospect
      Eric Boateng – Former Duke recruit and NBA D-league player
      Andrew Sullivan – seasoned vet, ex-NCAA standout at Villanova

      Off the team:
      MBA – starter at top NCAA D1 school/fringe NBA prospect
      Ryan – Spurs draft pick/solid NBA prospect

      How can anyone say that this group isn’t the most impressive collection of front court personnel we have ever had? What other countries have as much strength in depth as this from 3-5?

      what other point were u trying to make other than you have more frontcourt talent than any other country, u need to get it together bro and get your knowledge up to date

  • coach z

    its funny u missed out the french frontcourt i put up there and team usa…..u got anything negative to say bout them?………………………lol cuz u know better that all of em will buss all yo frontcourts azz

  • Carl

    Coach z – I think your computer must have some kind of virus as it keeps on spitting out highly irrelevant and nonsensical messages all over the comments section of this page. I recommend software from Norton and Symantec to fix this problem.

    • coach z

      naw bruh bthats just you figuring out that u made no damn sense in your last message and it took me to help you realize how irrelevant your argument is so wht do you resolve to? indenial tacticsjust to make yourself feel better……go study some more basketball bro, you need the lesson asap cuz anyone else will tell you that your arguments are all irrelevant and nonsensical…….. smh, brits and their indenial tactics i tell you

  • Tunchiprototype

    Chad wot u on about??????? Coach z is right…..sad to say, none of team gbs big men have properly established themselves across the globe compared to spain, france, usa, turkish big men…looks like you’ve lost the argument and if i were you, i’d leave it there mate or the yank wont keep quiet and keep bashing our gb team….cmon bruv

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