Excitement is building as Great Britain’s senior men prepare to begin their international summer, with their 2016 training camp due to begin this week. Aiming to see GB reach another EuroBasket Finals in 2017, see the 16 who made the initial training camp roster below.
The squad is assembling in Portugal for a week’s training camp in the university town of Coimbra, which will conclude with two internationals against Germany on Friday 12th and the hosts Portugal on Saturday 13th.
Both games will tip off at 8.30pm BST.
The final 16 has time on their side, with twelve of the players aged 27 or under. Many have come through the Great Britain Under-20s programme, with six taking their bow last summer. 6’10 centre Gabe Olaseni is an exciting prospect who may see his first action at GB senior level during next weekend’s test games.
11 year NBA veteran Ben Gordon is well placed to make his Great Britain debut and could be in line for a competitive start when GB begin their EuroBasket 2017 qualification campaign later this month.
14 players have already arrived and were on court. Gordon and Gabe Olaseni are due to join camp later this week, as scheduled.
Coach Joe Prunty (pictured) said, “We are looking forward to the opening of camp. It is an exciting roster with a balance of former Olympians, returning players from previous camps, familiar faces from U20 campaigns, and new faces. The group is hungry and ready to face the challenges of this summer.”
|GREAT BRITAIN SENIOR MEN’S SCHEDULE 2016|
|Fri Aug 12th||Great Britain v Germany||Coimbra (2030 BST)|
|Sat Aug 13th||Portugal v Great Britain||Coimbra (2030 BST)|
|Sat Aug 20th||Slovenia v Great Britain||Ljubljana
|Fri Aug 26th||Great Britain v Netherlands||Manchester
|Sat Aug 27th||Great Britain v Netherlands||Manchester
|Wed Aug 31st||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
Hungary v Great Britain
|Sat Sep 3rd||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
Great Britain v FYR of Macedonia
|Wed Sep 7th||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
Great Britain v Luxembourg
|Sat Sep 10th||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
Great Britain v Hungary
|Wed Sep 14th||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
FYR of Macedonia v Great Britain
|Sat Sep 17th||EuroBasket 2017 Qualifier
Luxembourg v Great Britain
Source/Image: GB Basketball