Great Britain Senior Men Preliminary Roster Revealed - Hoopsfix.com

Great Britain Senior Men Preliminary Roster Revealed

British Basketball has today announced the 21-man preliminary roster that will be battling it out for a place in the Great Britain squad that will be competing at the London 2012 Olympics.

The preliminary squad is headlined by NBA players, Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Ben Gordon (Detroit Pistons) and Byron Mullens (Charlotte Bobcats) who have have all confirmed their availability and commitment to put on the GB jersey this summer.

Gordon has voiced his desire to be part of the British Basketball programme for a number of years, but has yet to step on court for his country. Today’s announcement confirms his commitment to the side. Gordon commented:

“I am very excited to pull on the GB jersey this summer and play for my country. To be invited into camp is the first step in that journey and I am immensely proud to have the opportunity.

“I am totally committed to playing with the Standard Life GB team this year and look forward to being part of the squad hoping to make 2012 a year to remember for British Basketball fans.”

Also returning to action for GB is power forward, Pops Mensah Bonsu who is having a stand-out season in Turkey with Besiktas, winning the National Cup as well as getting to the EuroChallenge final four.

Joining him in the preliminary GB squad, and hoping to be part of the team’s training camp in Houston this summer are established national team players Joel Freeland and Robert Archibald who have also enjoyed strong seasons in Spain’s top flight and will be aiming for a final berth in Finch’s squad

2011 alumni, Kyle Johnson, Andrew Lawrence, Alex Marcotullio, Ryan Richards, and Devon van Oostrum also make it into the preliminary squad and will want to demonstrate their credentials on the big stage.

Former under-20 player, Ovie Soko is also included in the preliminary squad.

Sullivan Phillips who plays with Prievidza in Slovakia is the only entirely new addition to the roster outside of Mullens; the 33 year old Bermuda born guard/forward has been twice Defensive Player of the Year in his stints with teams in both Hungary and Cyprus, whilst also having had time in the BBL.

Standard Life GB head coach, Finch commented:

“The GB basketball programme has come a long way since 2006 and the blend we have now of experienced talent with the younger guys is fantastic to see. We have the potential for a world class team who will surprise a few people this summer. The commitment from all our players to the programme once again is great and it’s also good to see our strength and depth continuing to increase year on year.”

The preliminary squad of 21 players will be cut down to 16 at the beginning of May with two additional places available for Futures team players. The final roster of 12 players heading to the Olympic Games this summer will then be announced early in July when the team returns to the UK from training camp in Houston, USA.

Full details of the 21 players in the preliminary squad are below:

Great Britain Senior Men Preliminary Roster

Kieron Archara, (Manresa, Spain)
Ogo Adegboye (Apoel, Cyprus)
Robert Archibald (Zaragoza, Spain)
Eric Boateng (Peristeri, Greece)
Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Hacettepe, Turkey)
Dan Clark (Estudiantes, Spain)
Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls, USA)
Joel Freeland (Unicaja, Spain)
Ben Gordon (Detroit Pistons, USA)
Kyle Johnson (Apoel, Cyprus)
Mike Lenzly (CEZ Nymburk, Czech Republic)
Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston, USA)
Alex Marcotullio (Northwestern, USA)
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Besiktas, Turkey)
Byron Mullens (Charlotte Bobcats, USA)
Sullivan Phillips (Prievidza, Slovakia)
Nate Reinking (Sheffield Sharks, UK)
Ryan Richards (Unattached)
Ovie Soko (University of Alabama-Birmingham USA)
Andrew Sullivan (Leicester Riders, UK)
Devon van Oostrum (Tarragona, Spain)

The likes of Justin Robinson, Ashley Hamilton, and Laurence Ekperigin have all missed out, whilst Will Neighbour was forced to sit out this summer after opting to have shoulder surgery.

Thoughts? Predictions for the final 12?

21 Comments

  1. L

    April 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This roster is sick! We gonna do BIG things! Up & coming players too!

  2. phil

    April 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    What has happened to Justin Robinson?

  3. Nenad Popovic

    April 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    some good and some decent players on roster. Key question will be if they can cope with the pressure and play at a decent level from day 1 of competition. As a national team GB is very inexperienced in top international competition so the friendly with the USA will be a good indicator of where they are at.

  4. NayOweMe

    April 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    It looks like an exciting squad! Can’t wait for the Games now. The fact only two of our players play in this country though says a lot…

  5. Isaac Hunt

    April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    And the fact that only about half of them are 100% British! Saying that, if we do well, hopefully it will help bring more youngsters through the system! I am looking very much forward to it! :-)

  6. George Crugdington

    April 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    what about Matthew Bryan-Amaning? Hes killing it out in turkey, and would be a great addition for boards and defense off the bench

    • Matt

      April 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

      He’s in there – look closely!

  7. MuswellMunky

    April 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The bigs are looking really good: Byron Mullens had 31 & 14 last game – can’t see Boat making the cut this time. Sullivan Phillips’s selection is certainly interesting tho…

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  9. London thing

    April 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    not a bad line up we just need to 1 or 2 more NBA players with grand parents who were born in the UK and we are nice or who no the national anthem and we looking even nicer

  10. Charles

    April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Now I am wonde4ring why Paul Sturgess isn’t somewhere in the mix of Team GB. I mean we have the tallest basketball player in the world at 7’8 who is currently with the Trotters. I mean he can surely intimidate and block a few shots.

    • Matt

      April 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Height isn’t everything, and it’s hardly as though we’re so lacking for talent up front that we need a guy who put up mediocre numbers at the NAIA level.

  11. robert

    April 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

    WHERE IS NICK GEORGE …WE NEED HUSTLERS , OUR TEAM LOOKS STRONG BUT NEED TO PLAY AS A TEAM AND WE WILL WIN GOLD .. GO TEAM GB ….

  12. robert

    April 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    WE NEED NICK !!!

    • Matt

      April 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

      No we don’t. Luol will be taking all of the minutes at the 3. Sulli can spell him if he needs a quick rest.

  13. hiphopjunki3

    April 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I hope there is more information and video feeds of the scrimmages and practices. I still can’t believe Mullens is going to play with team GB though.

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