First Cuts For GB U20s Announced -

First Cuts For GB U20s Announced

Ryan Richards GB U20s

Ryan Richards is expected to lead the team in the European Youth Championships this summer

The Great Britain Under-20 Men’s roster is now down to 16 players after the first cuts were announced today.

Four players, point guards Josh Johnson and John Bunyan, shooting guard Josh Houghton and big man Keegan Dunlop were all released, leaving 16 players in the squad for the next two warm-ups against Holland this Friday and Saturday in Bristol.

The updated roster is as follows:

GB U20s 16 Man Squad

Shore Adenekan
John Bantock
Jeff Dirkin
Alasdair Fraser
Harrison Gamble
Lee Goldsbrough
Will Hall
Alex Marcotullio
Ali Mackay
Levi Noel
Lee Reilly
Ryan Richards
Will Saunders
Jack Thompson
Adam Thoseby
Devon Van Oostrum

Head of Performance for British Basketball, Warwick Cann commented on the decision to cut players and looking to the future:

“This year there were 20 players who are very talented and who are committed to playing for GB. As a consequence, it was a tough decision to make the first cut. Ultimately physical fitness and the ability to be in first-class physical shape was a key criteria for this stage.

“We are now not only preparing for each season but with an eye on the following year by selecting bottom age players. For some of our players who have missed out will hopefully be seen again if they continue to develop their skills and fitness”

The GB under-20 men are in Division B for the European Youth Championships and are drawn in Group C which will see them face Portugal (14 July), Finland ( 15 July), Luxemburg (16 July), Norway (17 July), and Czech Republic (18 July) when they take to the court in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Any surprises in the cuts? Will you be attending the games in Bristol at the end of this week?


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