Following the Under-17 Regional Development Tournament in Manchester this weekend, the initial combined roster for the England Under-18 and Under-17 Men’s squads has been revealed.
There were 120 male players from each of the 10 Basketball England regions took part in tournament at the National Basketball Performance Centre, in Manchester, where they were assessed by National Team coaches.
In total, 38 players have been selected for the England squads and will take part in their first national camp in Manchester in December. Eventually, the best selection will be put forward for the Great Britain Under-18 programme, where they will join forces with players selected from Wales and Scotland.
Great Britain Under-18 Men’s Head Coach Alan Keane commented:
“A lot of credit must go to the parents, coaches and players who committed their time, energy, effort and resources in the build up to the tournament. It was a very enjoyable two days observing players and teams who all gave an excellent account of themselves.
“I am excited by the potential within many players I saw play throughout the tournament. However, I must emphasise that the commitment to getting better, the sacrifices that need to be made, the improvements that we would like to see by Christmas camp are now more necessary than ever.
“We are striving to do well in Division A and that is most achievable by what players will do between now and the first national team camp and beyond. Finally thank you to Basketball England for their continued hard work with the RDT.”
Additional to the 38 players below, also considered for the December camp will be players who were not available for the RDT due to injury, school/club commitments or who are abroad. These players will be assessed by National Team coaching staff through their competitions along with communication with club coaches.
Mate Okros, Kent Crusaders
Vasja Pandza, Leeds Force
Jacob Round, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Nathan Robinson, Las Lomas, Walnut Creek (USA)
Louis Norton-Cuffy, Peckham Pride
David Chive, London Greenhouse Pioneers
Kemari Kennley Bailey, Southwark Legends
Hosana Kitenge, Worthing Thunder
Joshua Ogundele, Barking Abbey
Theo Hughes, Brentwood Fire
Joseph Barrett, Bradford Dragons
Tomiwa Sulaiman, London Greenhouse Pioneers
Eric Donaldson, Bay Area Warriors (USA)
Tosan Evbuomwan, Newcastle Eagles
David Obediah, Reading Rockets
Izaak Patrick, West Bromwich Albion
Joshua Grant, Manchester Magic
Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo, Manchester Magic
Haben Malcolm-Warner, Bradford Dragons
Mo Abushego, Manchester Magic
Ben Winter, Ipswich Basketball Club
Moyo Adekeye, Barnet Bulldogs
Daniel Gargan, Manchester Magic
Corey Samuels, Bristol Academy Flyers
Robert Banks, Thames Valley Cavaliers
Jonathan Brown, Kent Crusaders
Owen Ball, Cheshire Wire
Connor Lynch, Team Birmingham Elite
Ethan Price, Ipswich Basketball Club
Jamie Gray, Lancashire Spinners
Sulayman Suwareh, West Bromwich Albion
Conroy Hayden, City of Birmingham
Ethan Damerum, Shropshire Warriors
Thomas Sowoolu, Southend Swifts
Charlie Lowe, Woking Blackhawks
Taii Francis, Ilkeston Outlaws
Nathaniel Delany Powell, Nottingham Hoods
Anthony TJ Hibbert, London Thunder-Lewisham
*Clubs from 2016-17 season.
Over 90% of the players and staff involved in the successful summer for the Great Britain Junior National Team programmes were from England talent pathway.
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