- National Teams
Scotland have announced the twelve players who will represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April, when basketball will make its return to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 2006.
Glasgow Rocks and GB star Gareth Murray is the only returning Scot from the 2006 Games and will become Scotland’s only basketball player to have played at two Commonwealth Games.
Fellow Rocks team-mate and GB Basketball captain, Kieron Achara will make his Games debut, after missing out through injury last time round.
Having represented GB at the London 2012 Olympics, Achara brings a wealth of experience to Team Scotland and is excited to experience another multi-sports event.
Commenting on his selection to the team for Gold Coast 2018, Achara added:
“I am really excited to be part of Team Scotland for the first time, having missed out in 2006 due to injury, I am really looking forward to being part of the squad for Gold Coast.
“It is a unique opportunity for us to represent Scotland and the whole team have been working hard to ensure that we are the best prepared team on the Gold Coast this April. Having been part of Team GB at London 2012, I know how special multi-sport events are and being part of the wider Team Scotland will be a really enjoyable experience for the whole team.”
Among an exciting line up of players making their Games debut, 17 year-old Callan Low becomes the youngest player ever to represent Team Scotland in Basketball, stepping up from being Vice-Captain of the Scotland U18 team last season.
The team will get their Commonwealth campaign underway in Townsville on April 5th with a crucial game against England before facing Cameroon and India in their other Pool B games.
Speaking on the team selection, basketballscotland Chief Executive Kevin Pringle said:
“Everyone at basketballscotland would like to congratulate the 12 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018. Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by each individual selected.
“With just a few months until the Games get underway, we are confident that training is going well and that the team will be ready to make a significant impact on the Gold Coast in April. The whole team at basketballscotland is delighted to celebrate such an exciting day for all of the athletes and coaching staff involved and we wish the whole of Team Scotland the best of luck for April’s Games.”
(Name – Hometown/Lives)
Kieron Achara – Stirling / Paisley
Jonathan Bunyan – Falkirk / Falkirk
Bantu Burroughs – Charleston, St Kitts and Nevis/Glasgow
Chris Cleary – Paisley/Houston, Renfrewshire
Nick Collins – Glasgow/Renfrew
Alasdair Fraser – Falkirk/Falkirk
Kyle Jimenez – Edinburgh/Edinburgh
Callan Low – Kilmacolm/Kilmacolm
Malcolm Fraser – Falkirk/Falkirk
Gareth Murray – Glasgow/Rutherglen
Sean Nealon-Lino – Edinburgh/Edinburgh
Michael Vigor – Bristol/Bristol