In Episode 64 of the Hoopsfix podcast, we sit down with former GB and England international and current assistant coach at Montana State University, Chris Haslam.
Originally out of Southport, Haslam recorded 58 caps for England and GB, representing England from 1997-2004 before being involved with the first two years of the re-start of the GB programme in 2006 and 2007.
He had a 13 year professional career, playing not only in the BBL, but Greece, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, before transitioning into coaching where he is now an assistant at NCAA Division 1 school MSU.
At MSU he has recruited multiple British players, most recently having duo Amin Adamu and Jubrile Belo on his roster, and prior to that, Joe Junior Mvuezolo.
Additionally, there were some technical issues and we lost the first 35 minutes we began recording, so the start of the podcast is essentially a re-recording.
In this 1 hour and 40 minutes episode, hear from Chris on:
COVID-19 and its impact on British student-athletes in the US
The wide-ranging impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on college athletics
Whether there could be further amendments to NCAA rules due to COVID
If a generation of players could miss out on a crucial year of development
How he first started playing basketball
Growing up in Southport and the local basketball scene coming up
Playing for Chester Jets U23 side with Mike Burton and Joe Forber
The three main talents from his generation – Delme Herriman, Steve Hansell, Danny Craven
Moving to the US for his Senior year of High School still being relatively new to the game
Winning a state championship and being named Player of the Year
The college recruitment process, getting recruited by the likes of Vanderbilt and Florida State
Choosing Wyoming and how he felt his teams did during his time there
How his own experiences have impacted how he recruits at Montana State
The difference between recruiting British players compared to Americans
The impact of him being British makes in being able to recruit British players
Playing his first two years in college with NBA lottery pick and Defensive Player of the Year Theo Ratliff
His own game’s development and how it would translate to today
What he looks for when developing big men
Beating a nationally ranked Utah squad with 3 future NBA players in college
The increasing prevalence of transfers in college basketball
Players needing to learn to embrace their role
Whether or not he’s seen an increase in the talent level of British players over the years
General weaknesses that are more prevalent in British players
Whether or not players are better served to stay in the UK now and going straight to college instead of High School first
Signing his rookie deal in the BBL with Birmingham instead of opting to go to Austria
The Bosman ruling happening just as he was turning pro and its impact on the BBL
The difference in what he could earn in the BBL compared to Europe at the time
His home debut for England in front of 7,000 fans in Manchester
Standout memories from representing the England Seniors
Being involved with the new GB programme in its first two years from 2006
His memories of a young Luol Deng in his first year with GB
Crazy stories from his time in Greece
Comparing the BBL in 2006 with London United to the late 90s with Birmingham
Finishing his career at home with the Everton Tigers and winning a Play-Offs title
Making the transition into coaching
Starting his coaching career at NJCAA school Lamar Community College before joining MSU
His desire to coach within the GB set up
His memories of a 17 year old Ryan Richards in Belgium
Matching up with Tim Duncan at the World Student Games
And much, much more!
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