With two days to go until Great Britain training camp opens in Houston, the preliminary squad is facing a number of different changes. Both Ryan Richards and Sullivan Phillips are out, whilst GB veteran Nick George has received a late call up.
Ryan Richards (1991 born) has declared himself out of all GB proceedings this summer, pulling out of GB Futures and senior camp despite being named to both squads. It is believed Jamaica have shown an interest in the 7 footer, but with FIBA having strict rules which tie a player to a country after representing them above U18 level, Richards would require special dispensation to fulfil any move.
Talking to Sittingbourne Messenger, GB Performance Director Spice said:
“Clearly Ryan is a talented athlete. He’s been with both GB and England for quite some time. We’re disappointed that he’s made that decision. But we have to move on.”
Richards will head to Chicago to workout over the summer and prepare for next season.
Sullivan Phillips has been ruled out after falling foul to the same strict FIBA rules, with it being discovered he has already played a game at senior level with Bermuda.
Spice, talking to The Royal Gazette Online said:
“After submitting the paperwork to FIBA, we found out (Phillips) played in a senior game for Bermuda.”
With Phillips’ Olympic dream in tatters, a different Olympic dream has been created for GB veteran Nick George.
Taking to Twitter to announce the news on Monday night, the mancunian said:
“I was getting ready to book my vacation when I call from Great Britain basketball…I’m happy as hell to get an invite to camp! #Crazyyear”
Having taken some time away from basketball due to personal reasons, George returned this season with Lugano Tigers in Switzerland.
It is expected the final squad will be confirmed in the next 48 hours.