- National Teams
Head Coach Simon Fisher has announced a squad of 15 players for the U16 Men’s upcoming warm up games against the Netherlands and Belgium.
The squad features a couple of new additions, both 1996 born players; Liam Carpenter, a guard from Medway Park Crusaders and Jules Christian currently based in Slovenia with Union Olympija, neither of which were on the last 16 player roster, or the initial 30 player roster released in October.
Luke Attfield (Bognor Royals)
Nicholas Bohling (BCM Gravelines, France)
Liam Carpenter (Medway Park Crusaders)
Jules Christian (London Pioneers)
Jefferson Davis (London Pioneers)
Jack Griffiths (Cheshire Jets)
Tyrell Isaacs (Westminster Warriors)
Ben Mead (Ipswich)
Luke Nelson (Worthing Thunder)
Kingsley Okoroh (Derby Trailblazers)
Tamas Okros (Manchester Magic)
Dwayne Orija (Westminster Warriors)
Jonathan Orrells (Taunton Tigers)
Sam Round (Northants)
Morayo Soluade (Bucks Hornets)
They will face the Netherlands in three games in Ipswich between July 1 and 3 before playing reverse fixtures in the Netherlands a fortnight later. They will then face Belgium in a series of games in Leicester.
The game in Ipswich on July 2 will be open to the public as part of a partnership agreement with Ipswich Basketball Club and the brand new Suffolk One facility.
Fisher sees bringing the international game to Ipswich as the natural progression for a club that has established itself as one of the top junior development programmes in the country in recent years, having provided a number of players for the national team:
“This weekend is an essential part of our preparation for the European Championships in Macedonia in the summer and so it was important that we take this international to a club that will host the event in the right manner. Ipswich Basketball Club is a well-run club with some excellent, experienced people doing some great work. With both Nick [Drane, associate coach] and Ben [Mead]’s involvement it is a great way to celebrate their hard work and success – it’s a great fit and if all goes to plan then there is no reason why Ipswich can’t become a regular venue for the national team.”
The U16 Men International will tip-off at 8pm on Saturday July 2. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. For more information or to book tickets please contact Sharon Metcalf on 07531 134 114 or email [email protected].