Kieron Achara & Robert Archibald in the Olympics: Twelve Men Selected to Team GB.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced the 12 players that will represent Team GB in men’s basketball at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Second time in history that Team GB will be represented in basketball at the Olympics. Since the formation of British Basketball in 2007, the strength of the squad has grown substantially and the squad is now prepared to compete with some of the world’s greatest basketball sides.
The progress on the court has been strong in the years building up to the London Games. The British team qualified for EuroBasket for the first time ever in 2009, and at the 2011 event they secured their first wins at the tournament by defeating Poland and Portugal.
The team performed admirably at the Test Event last year, which was hosted at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park. Team GB beat China – ranked tenth in the world – and despite losing to Croatia, fourth-ranked Serbia and ninth-ranked Australia, the narrow margin of the scoreline suggests that the British men’s team has the potential to cause upsets against traditionally stronger basketball nations when the tournament tips off in London.
As yet, the squad still don’t know who their first opponents will be on July 29th as the qualifying campaign is not yet complete. However they will be determined to place in the top four of a group that will certainly contain Brazil, Spain, Australia and China in order to progress beyond their six-team group and into the quarter-final, where the competition relocates to the North Greenwich Arena.
“This has been an incredible journey so far for this team since 2006 and we are very pleased to announce our strongest ever team. I would like to congratulate all those who have been selected and at the same time pay tribute to those players that have just missed out. It s only through building our depth that we can continue to compete at the highest levels of international basketball and I am hoping those who just missed this time around will be with us on the road to Rio.” Chris Spice, Performance Director.
“Cutting down to a final 12 is always difficult. We had a really productive camp in Houston and to finally announce the Olympic team here in Loughborough is fantastic. The next four weeks provide us with outstanding competition leading up to the Olympics, which is just what is required before doing battle within our group come Games time.”Chris Finch, Head Coach.
The selected athletes are:
- Kieron Achara
- Robert Archibald
- Eric Boateng
- Dan Clark
- Luol Deng
- Joel Freeland
- Kyle Johnson
- Andrew Lawrence
- Mike Lenzly
- Pops Mensa-Bonsu
- Nate Reinking
- Andrew Sullivan