- National Teams
Both players represented the Great Britain Futures Programme this summer in Germany, a team that aims to bridge the gap between the GB Junior and Senior teams. Prievidza went 15-21 in the Extraliga last season, finishing 7th.
Guede, a 6’4″ guard/forward, has just finished his college career at Portland State University, where he captained the side and became known as a defensive stopper. Talking from Slovakia, where he arrived on September 1st, he said he is looking forward to the challenge that professional ball brings:
“To be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing where I’m really at with my game. Playing against guys who have more experience and truly seeing what I need to work on to play at the highest level of my ability.”
So far, he says, the transition has been smooth despite the obvious cultural adjustments, basketball is basketball no matter where you are:
“It has been really good so far, we’ve been doing two a days with shooting and team practice, and the rest of the time just rest and getting our legs back. We played our first friendly this past Friday which went well, we got a win. We did well for the first game, Liam ran the floor well and was effective changing shots down low, whilst I played well defensively and run the floor well which led to some easy buckets on the other end.”
And Guede admits, having Liam around has helped:
“It has been great having Liam around, especially after playing with him at the GB futures. He’s been one guy who I can truly play off of and understand what he can and cannot do.”
Potter, a 7’0″ big man, has just finished his rookie year, splitting time between Ukrainian side BC Khimik-Yuzhny and Leicester Riders of the BBL.
The team based in central-western Slovakia is the same side GB point guard Flinder Boyd was at last season.
Hoopsfix wants to wish both Paul and Liam all the best with the next chapter of their careers! We will be following!