- National Teams
Great Britain Senior Men’s training camp opened on Tuesday in Worcester, but not in the fashion they had hoped, Hoopsfix has learned.
Struggling for numbers, with what is believed to be just over half of the original 22 players on the preliminary squad list available, management were forced to call up a number of additional players.
Cheshire Phoenix point guard Devan Bailey, Park University graduate Nigel Van Oostrum and Leicester Riders guard Connor Washington help to fill holes left at the guard spot, while Iserlohn Kangaroos’ Orlan Jackman will also provide new support on the wing.
With Joel Freeland already having confirmed he is not participating, Luol Deng still in the US as of yesterday signing his new Miami contract, and no word on Byron Mullens, it would appear as though it will likely be another summer without any Brits from the NBA.
From the original list, it is believed that Drew Sullivan, Dan Clark, Kieron Achara, Myles Hesson, Eric Boateng, Kyle Johnson, Devon van Oostrum, Ben Mockford, Ashley Hamilton, Ali Fraser, Gareth Murray, and Paul Guede, have all reported
Luke Nelson remains at the Division A European Championships in Crete with the GB U20s, as does Alex Young, who, despite not being on the original squad list, could be in with a shot at a call up.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning remains in the US, suiting up for Portland in the Las Vegas Summer League, which does not finish until Monday July 21.
Justin Robinson and Ogo Adegboye are both thought to be out; Robinson rehabbing from injury, and Adegboye with personal commitments. Further question marks remain over Ovie Soko, Teddy Okereafor, and James Jones, but all three are believed to be more than likely out.
An official list is expected from British Basketball later today, which could potentially include further additions.
Not the start British Basketball was hoping for.