GB have been in a training camp in Larissa this week ahead of their final away fixture of Group B against European heavyweights, Greece.
The Men’s team enter this window in unprecedented form, having won 12 of their past 15 games – a run that extends all the way back to the 2018/19 season and includes wins over top basketball nations France, Greece, Germany and Montenegro.
Qualification for the Second Qualifying Round of the competition is already secured, but the significance of the upcoming fixtures against Greece and Turkey is no less important, as results for each team carry over from the First Qualifying Round.
🗣️"This is a huge opportunity for these guys and I think they’re taking advantage of it."— GB Basketball (@gbbasketball) June 30, 2022
Game day has arrived here in Greece! Look ahead to this evening's fixture (6pm BST tip-off) with Nate Reinking and find out where to watch live below.#BritishBasketball
Jaiden Delaire, Callum Lawson and Patrick Whelan’s inclusion in the squad sees the trio in line to make their senior GB Men’s debuts.
On the other end of the spectrum with 110 caps to his name, Olympian Dan Clark edges closer to snatching the all-time GB Men’s caps record, whereas Myles Hesson and Gabe Olaseni move closer to their milestone fiftieth caps.
Hesson and 6'7" forward Jamell Anderson - who is looking to earn his fifth cap for GB - have been putting in big international 3x3 performances for England recently, as part of Basketball England's preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Teddy Okereafor’s incredible, historic run of 51 consecutive caps for the Men’s National Team comes to an end as the star point guard is battling an injury. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Teddy once again on his incredible efforts and achievement in securing this record-breaking run of consecutive caps, and we hope to see him back on the court for his country very soon.
|Jamell Anderson||F||31||6’7″||Manchester Giants (GBR)||4|
|Kavell Bigby-Williams||F/C||26||6’11”||Indios de San Francisco (DOM)||8|
|Dan Clark||F/C||33||6’11”||Manchester Giants (GBR)||110|
|Jaiden Delaire||F||21||6’9″||Stanford University (USA)||0|
|Myles Hesson||F||32||6’6″||Kagawa Five Arrows (JPN)||45|
|Kyle Johnson||G||33||6’5″||Hamilton Honey Badgers (CAN)||83|
|Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye||G||25||6’3″||Heroes Den Bosch (NED)||10|
|Callum Lawson||F||26||6’6″||Valur (ISL)||0|
|Gabe Olaseni||C||30||6’10”||Darussafaka (TUR)||42|
|Devon van Oostrum||G||29||6’3″||Club Melilla Baloncesto (ESP)||40|
|Carl Wheatle||F||24||6’7″||Pistoia (ITA)||17|
|Patrick Whelan||G||25||6’5″||Leicester Riders (GBR)||0|
COACHING & PERFORMANCE STAFF:
Head Coach: Nate Reinking
Assistant Coach: Marc Steutel
Assistant Coach: Jamie Smith
Assistant Coach: Andreas Kapoulas
Head Performance Analyst: Adam Sewell
Team Manager & Head of Delegation: Chris Morris
Head Sports Therapist: Tom Cresswell
Physiotherapist: Aynkaran Vigneswaran
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Rich Clarke
Team Doctor: Karen Barclay
*International Caps are accurate as of the start of the June 2022 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying Window.
You can catch GB in action against Greece at 6pm BST, live on FIBA’s streaming service, Courtside 1891.
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