Seventeen players have been invited to join Joe Prunty 's first Standard Life GB Senior Men's Squad who commence training at the FA National Football Centre at St. George's Park on Friday 2nd August. The EuroBasket 2013 squad features seven familiar faces from last year's Olympic team, Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne), Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.), Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88), Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, agency: SportsTalent, college: LIU Brooklyn), Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, agency: Two Points), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) and Drew Sullivan. Prunty has also named three new selections, Orlan Jackman (201-F-88, college: Oklahoma City), Flo Larkai and Liam Potter (213-F/C-86, college: Sacred Heart) who have been called up for the first time and will join the other exciting young prospects of Miles Hesson, Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) and Alex Marcutuilo. The success of the GB development programmes are clear to see with eight graduates from past GB Futures teams selected for the senior squad again in 2013, including Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington), Ashley Hamilton (201-F-88) and Justin Robinson (187-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: Rider). Standard Life GB head coach, Joe Prunty commented on his selected squad: "I'm excited to be working with both the veteran GB players and the new up and coming talent this summer. Myself and my coaching team are ready for the challenge ahead and committed to getting the best out of the squad to make the GB family and fans proud." Veteran Drew Sullivan, said: "This will be my seventh summer representing my country and I can honestly say I'm enjoying it just as much. Everyone in the squad understands the task at hand. We know it will be difficult but it's something we are all looking forward to." There are some notable names missing from the squad list, NBA stars Luol Deng and Joel Freeland are unavailable to partake in this summer's EuroBasket campaign due to ill health and NBA development reasons respectively. The team has also seen the retirements of Robert Archibald and Nate Reinking, who has taken up an assistant coaching position with the team. The team's first preparation game will be against Puerto Rico at the Copper Box in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London at on August 11th. The team will then travel to Finland, Greece, Poland and Spain for further preparation fixtures ahead of EuroBasket at the beginning of September. Full fixture list available here. Speaking about the absence of Deng from the squad, Joe Prunty said: "Obviously we're disappointed that Luol's recovery from illness prevents him from playing. His health comes first and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. Luol's commitment to the programme and to British Basketball's aspirations is beyond question. We look forward to having him back with us fully fit for our next campaign." Deng explains his difficult decision, he said: "It's one of those decisions that you have to use your head over your heart. After the medical tests, it just simply isn't safe for me to put my body through that amount during the summer. It's tough to take. People know how much it means to me playing for GB. I will of course be supporting the team and keeping up with their progress. It's not ideal but I'm confident that the guys can be successful at EuroBasket in Slovenia." Joel Freeland commented on his unavailability because of his professional commitments, he said: "It's a tough decision for me, because I have been with GB for everything up to this moment. I remain fully committed and very motivated to continue to be a part of the National Team and continue to help build the programme in an effort to take it as far as we possibly can. At this time, it's crucial that I remain with my NBA work, as it is a pretty pivotal part of my career." National Teams Director, Warwick Cann commented: "We have exciting young players who have a long international future ahead of them and they will be well prepared for the challenge ahead. We have quality experience through veterans Pops [Mensah-Bonsu], Drew [Sullivan] and Dan [Clark]. "We have identified our areas of improvement, employed an excellent coaching team and will use the state of the art FA National Football Centre as our preparation base. Everyone is committed to the task at hand and we hope to continue the overall GB basketball success this summer."
Batum announced that he will not play in the Eurobasket - 16 days ago
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Nicolas Batum(203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions... [read more]
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) confirmed that for the first time in his career he will not play for the French national team which will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket. 'I'm going to dedicate myself to this (Hornets) franchise,' Nicolas Batum said. 'I am going to get back on the court and work on myself. I need to take the summer to focus on myself for once. My team needs that, and I need that too to get back to what I'm supposed to be for this team. It's one of the most difficult decisions of my life'. Nicolas Batum had already said to French TV station 'BeinSport' that he was thinking about resting during this summer, however when he gave the interview was not final. Courtesy of: eurohoops.net
Player of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85) of Real Madrid Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) of Fenerbahce Istanbul Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year: Anthony Randolph (... [read more]
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards
for last year.
Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are
located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final
ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in
last (15-16) and this (16-17) season, so it may apply also to non-European
players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played
overseas (mostly in NBA).
This year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by CSKA's backcourt duo - Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
who led Russian powerhouse to Euroleague Title last season. Our correspondents
selected French combo as Best Player in 2016. The Regular Season MVP was a
leading scorer of Euroleague with 19.4ppg and had great performance in the
championship game at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany (when scored 10 of
his game-high 22 points), and earned Final Four MVP honors. He also represented
French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (5 games:
15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg)).
For the second time (previously in 2010) Milos
named best Point Guard of the Year. Serbian player finally earned an Euroleague
title in his 5th season in CSKA. Teodosic played great in Rio, where he led
Serbian National Team to the final and named All-Olympic Games 1st Team.
Best Small Forward award went to Rudy
of Real Madrid. In his 5th season he is still their key player in both
Euroleague and Spanish Liga Endesa. He was also one of the leaders of Spanish
National Team at Olympic Games in Rio where he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg
and 2.0spg. Rudy was already named best SF back in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
Czech athletic phenom Jan
was once again selected as Best Power Forward of the Year. Thanks to his great
performance during the whole year he helped Fenerbahce to reach Euroleague Final
(they lost to CSKA in thriller OT) and Turkish League trophy.
Best Center Award went to versatile american big man - Anthony
of Real Madrid. Last season he was a leader of an amazing Lokomotiv Kuban team
that managed to reach Euroleague Final Four for the first time in club history
(they emilminated FC Barcelona on their way). In summer he was signed by Real
There could only be one Coach of the Year - Dimitris
finally brought Euroleague title to CSKA.
of the New York Knicks was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the
Year. Kristaps is as exciting as any young player in the NBA, has a ton of
potential. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 Draft has improved immensely and
is already among league's stars.
Both backcourt positions were "reserved" for CSKA duo - Milos
Nando De Colo.
At Small Forward position we have Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks. The "Greek Freak" at just 22 years old is proving to be a
special one, like no other, already one of the league's best players. The
stat-stuffing phenom is leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals,
blocks, minutes and many other aspects of the game.
At Center position we have Rudy
of Utah Jazz. One of the best athletes in the NBA is still improving his game,
currently averaging double-double in his 3rd year in the league. He also
represented French National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
where in 5 games averaged 5.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0bpg.
All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2016 (both domestic and
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:Rudy
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year:Jan
of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:Anthony
of Real Madrid
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year:Dimitris
All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or
overseas in 2016
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year:Milos
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:Nando
De Colo (196-SG-87)
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:Giannis
of Milwaukee Bucks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:Kristaps
of NY Knicks
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Rudy
of Utah Jazz
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September&n... [read more]
The EuroBasket 2017 will be the 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organized by FIBA Europe. Tournament will be hosted by four countries: Israel, Romania, Finland and Turkey, and tournament will begin on 31. August and it will be played until 17. September 2017. A number of 24 qualified teams will play in groups of six; the four best teams in these groups advancing to a single-elimination knockout stage.
Group A: Poland, Greece, France, Finland, Iceland, Slovenia Group B: Ukraine, Israel, Lithuania, Georgia, Italy, Germany Group C: Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Montenegro, Romania, Hungary Group D: United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Latvia, Turkey, Belgium
One of the rules was that host countries can choose partner-nation. The partnerships bring together Finland and Iceland, Israel and Lithuania, Romania and Hungary, and Turkey and Russia.
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