Twenty-Four Selected for GB Senior Initial Squad

Great Britain’s Senior Men have selected 24 players for their initial squad for the summer as preparations begin for next month’s EuroBasket campaign.

Joe Prunty takes charge of his final summer before leaving the role and has handed a chance to some new faces with training camp set to begin in Manchester on July 31.

Carl Wheatle – who produced a crazy triple-double for GB’s Under-20s earlier this week – receives his first Senior call-up having also helped the U20s reach the semi-finals earlier this afternoon.

Following a recent stint with the LA Clippers at NBA Summer League, Luke Nelson is included in the squad along with fellow uncapped former GB Under-20 stars Jules Dang Akodo and Kavell Bigby-Williams.

Olympians Kieron Achara, Dan Clark, Eric Boateng, Kyle Johnson and Andrew Lawrence provide plenty of experience in the squad – as does Ben Gordon who is included again having made his Senior debut last summer.

Ovie Soko and Myles Hesson both return to the squad having missed last summer due to club commitments with Hesson also currently recovering from a season-ending injury suffered in February.

The quartet of Gabe Olaseni, Teddy Okereafor, Gareth Murray and Ben Mockford are included again having been part of the 12-man squad that secured qualification last summer, while Fahro Alihodzic comes off a Championship-winning season in Greece having just missed out on the final roster 12 months ago.

Chris Caird makes the initial roster for the third consecutive summer, while Justin Sears makes the squad again.

Conner Washington has earned a call-up following a strong year at Leicester Riders along with another former Under-20 Jesse Chuku, while Kofi Josephs impressed in his rookie season in Germany to make the squad.

Some unfamiliar names amongst the squad include Jermel Kennedy, who impressed in his first BBL season at Worcester Wolves, and Kentucky sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones.

Eligible through his British mother, Killeya-Jones was discovered by GB Under-20s assistant Lloyd Gardner, but was unavailable for the timings of the camp.

Once again, the squad does not include Luol Deng or Joel Freeland, while Championship winner in Japan, Matthew Bryan-Amaning is another notable absentee along with Ashley Hamilton, Ogo Adegboye and injured guard Devon Van Oostrum.

GB Senior Men Initial Roster 2017

Kieron Achara, Glasgow Rocks*
Fahro Alihodzic, Panionios* (Greece)
Kavell Bigby-Williams, Louisiana State University* (US)
Eric Boateng, Blois (France)
Chris Caird, Tindastoll (Iceland)
Jesse Chuku, Kolossos (Greece)
Dan Clark, Murcia (Spain)
Jules Dang Akodo, Burgos (Spain)
Ben Gordon, Texas Legends (US)
Myles Hesson, Nanterre* (France)
Kyle Johnson, London Lightning (Canada)
Kofi Josephs, Hertener Lowener (Germany)
Jermel Kennedy, Worcester Wolves
Sacha Killeya-Jones, University of Kentucky* (US)
Andrew Lawrence, Chalons-Reims (France)
Ben Mockford, Palma (Spain)
Gareth Murray, Glasgow Rocks*
Luke Nelson, UC Irvine (US)
Teddy Okereafor, Flexx Pistoia (Italy)
Gabe Olaseni, Orleans (France)
Justin Sears, Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Ovie Soko, Murcia* (Spain)
Conner Washington, Naevsted* (Denmark)
Carl Wheatle, Biella* (Italy)

* known team for upcoming season

GB’s only home game this summer will be against Greece at the Copper Box on August 19 either side of trips to Israel, Greece and Poland – where prep concludes.

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