Updated - Coach Kapoulas names 24 players for initial Team England camp

Updated 17/11/17 With the news that Leicester’s Keifer Douse is unable to attend the upcoming camp, Kapoulas has acted fast to call on the services of Worcester’s Ashton Khan. The 26-year-old guard will join up with the rest of the squad on Sunday for the 1st of Team England’s 2 camps before next April’s Games.

Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas has named the 24 players who will attend Team England’s first preparation camp in November ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Of the 24 players, 20 are currently plying their trade for teams in the BBL, once again showcasing the domestic based talent currently available for potential Team England selection.

"It has been great to see the positive response from players to represent England in the Commonwealth Games,” said Kapoulas. “We have a great group of players for the first camp with very strong representation from the domestic league and we look forward to starting our preparations.

Reigning league and playoff champions Leicester Riders have 3 players included in the list in Andrew Thomson, Kiefer Douse and Shane Walker. The team Leicester edged out for both those titles a year ago, Esh Group Newcastle Eagles, also have 3 players attending the camp with Andrew Lasker, Darius Defoe and Kai Williams all getting the nod.

Another BBL side with a trio of players selected by Kapoulas are the London Lions, with Paul Guede, Joe Ikhinmwin and William Hall all included. Mike Tuck, Rob Marsden and Zach Gachette have helped DBL Sheffield Sharks to a share of top spot in the BBL and those 3 are also rewarded with a place in the initial 24.

Fresh off an impressive summer with the GB U20s that helped the team to claim a silver medal and promotion for Division A, there is also a place for Surrey Scorchers’ Josh Steel. As a previous U16 and U18 England selection, the former Barking Abbey player has risen through the Basketball England Performance Pathway.

Only 3 players from the initial list of 24 are currently playing outside of the BBL with former Leicester Riders star Connor Washington (now in Denmark with FOG Naestved), FG La Roda’s Jamell Anderson (based in Spain after playing with Cheshire Phoenix last year) and Sydney Kings’ Adam Thoseby making the cut. All 3 are expected to be in attendance at the camp.

One player with extra incentive to impress Kapoulas is guard Joe Hart. Currently without a club after his release from the Glasgow Rocks a little over 2 weeks ago, the former Newcastle Eagle will be hoping he can use November’s camp to put himself in the shop window for a deal elsewhere as well as a place in Australia.

With the initial squad available to Kapoulas now know, the Bristol Flyers Head Coach is very happy with the players that are at his disposal, “We have a solid mixture of youth and experience and it's very pleasing to see a number of players who have been involved in the England pathway now getting the opportunity to represent England at the senior level.

Kapoulas and his squad will meet up later this month for their first camp with the players on this list invited to attend. Moving into 2018, there will be a further camp in February before a final roster of 12 players needs to be confirmed in late February before April’s Games. The Men will open Pool B play against Scotland on 5 April before further games against India on 7 April and Cameroon on 8 April.

The list in full:

First Name

Surname

Club

Jamell

Anderson

FG La Roda (ESP)

Darius

Defoe

Esh Group Newcastle Eagles

Daniel

Edozie

Bristol Flyers

Zach

Gachette

DBL Sheffield Sharks

Paul

Guede

London Lions

William

Hall

London Lions

Joe

Hart

Unattached

Joe

Ikhinmwin

London Lions

Orlan

Jackman

Cheshire Phoenix

Callum

Jones

Manchester Giants

Kofi

Josephs

Glasgow Rocks

Ashton

Khan

Worcester Wolves

Andrew

Lasker

Esh Group Newcastle Eagles

Rob

Marsden

DBL Sheffield Sharks

Raheem

May-Thompson

Cheshire Phoenix

Omotayo

Ogedengbe

Surrey Scorchers

Josh

Steel

Surrey Scorchers

Andrew

Thomson

Leicester Riders

Adam

Thoseby

Sydney Kings (AUS)

Michael

Tuck

DBL Sheffield Sharks

Shane

Walker

Leicester Riders

Conner

Washington

FOG Naestved (DEN)

Zak

Wells

Plymouth Raiders

Kai

Williams

Esh Group Newcastle Eagles