GB Senior Men Confirm Final 12 for EuroBasket 2017

Great Britain’s final 12-man squad for the upcoming EuroBasket 2017 campaign has been confirmed.

Joe Prunty is set to lead his final tournament in charge of GB – with a replacement expected to be named soon – as his side head to Istanbul, Turkey amongst the top 24 nations in Europe.

With the squad already losing Myles Hesson, Ovie Soko and Ben Gordon for various reasons, the final three cuts were Kofi Josephs, Kavell Bigby-Williams and Sacha Killeya-Jones.

Half of the squad remain from GB’s last outing at a EuroBasket tournament with Dan Clark, Kieron Achara, Eric Boateng, Andrew Lawrence, Kyle Johnson and Gareth Murray part of the 2013 squad.

GB picked up two wins in Slovenia four years ago after defeating Israel and Germany, though they still exited at the group stage with a 2-3 record.

The trio of Luke Nelson, Carl Wheatle and Jules Dang Akodo are handed their chance having all made their Senior debuts this summer.

Meanwhile, there will also be Senior tournament debuts for Gabe Olaseni, Teddy Okereafor and Ben Mockford – who were part of the squad that earned qualification last summer.

GB’s opening game will be against Belgium on September 1 before finishing their group with a clash with Russia six days later.

The top four teams advance to the knockout stages with the Round of 16 pitting teams from Group D with those from Group C including the likes of Spain and Croatia.

GB Senior Men’s Squad

Kieron Achara, Glasgow Rocks*
Eric Boateng, St Vallier* (France)
Dan Clark, Murcia (Spain)
Jules Dang Akodo, Burgos (Spain)
Kyle Johnson, London Lightning (Canada)
Andrew Lawrence, Chalons-Reims (France)
Ben Mockford, Palma (Spain)
Gareth Murray, Glasgow Rocks*
Luke Nelson, Real Betis* (Spain)
Teddy Okereafor, Kymis* (Greece)
Gabe Olaseni, Fuenlabrada* (Spain)
Carl Wheatle, Biella* (Italy)

*known team for upcoming season

Earlier today, GB found out the final team in their World Cup Qualifiers group with Estonia joining Greece and Israel in opposition.

  • LLC#12

    2 wins 3 losses would be a good tournament to be honest. It is a very difficult group. The numerous absentees for other teams has helped us out a bit, but this is still a very tough group.

    The main positive takeaway from this tournament will be that we should be able to pick pretty much the same squad for the WC qualifiers – something that Israel/Greece will not be able to do.

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