Scottish Basketball quartette makes it to GB
The GB U18 announced their squads the other night ahead of their FIBA U18 European Championships and Scottish Basketball is back producing the goods again as four homegrown athletes have received a place in the final 12 squads for under 18 Men and Women Great Britain squads, who are heading out to compete in the FIBA European Championships. The Men’s team will travel to Latvia to compete in Division A and the Women make the journey to Austria to compete in Division B.
Scottish Hoopers in Great Britain Under 18 Women
Alix Henderson, originally Highland Bears, now Edinburgh University/Caledonia Pride will start her second campaign with the GB set up, having previously represented the best of Scottish Basketball as she competed with the Scottish National Team on a number of occasions, she is no stranger to major competition. Henderson also took a season out from National League to go out to Spain to compete for a year and has clearly shown it was worth it as she receives her second GB call up. Joining Alix in Austria will be fellow Caledonia Pride team mate Shawnisay Millar, previously Boroughmuir Blaze, who has also represented Scotland and was one of the first junior players to make the jump to the WBBL.
Henderson averaged 5.8 ppg last season with GB per FIBA.
Watch Alix Henderson drop 24pts on Moldova with GB u18 last season
Credit Hoopsfix Women
Scottish Ballers in Great Britain Under 18 Men
Heading out to Latvia will be former St Mirren stars Callan Low and Chris Feeney. Low currently applying his craft with English College side Myerscough in the EABL in England and has also previously represented GB at the FIBA U18 European 3X3 Championships. On the plane too is fellow ex-Saint, Chris Feeney, who has been playing in Europe at L’Hospitalet BA, Spain. Both have also been involved with the very best of Scottish Basketball as they have several Scotland caps to their name.
We caught up with Callan Low before he flew out with GB, to get their opinions ahead of European Championships.
How does it feel to be called up to the British team, what does it mean to you?
Callan: “It’s an awesome feeling to be called up into the final 12 for GB. I can’t wait to represent my country and make everyone at home proud!”
What are your expectations for the tournament?
Callan: “Our expectations as a team are purely to improve after each game and make sure that we’re always on an upwards path and hopefully success and wins will come with that. We have improved so much since we first all got together and will be good to see how we compare with the best teams in Europe.”
Watch Chris Feeney tear up U16 Euro’s with GB
Watch Callan Low in GB 3X3 Euro Champs
See Callan’s FIBA 3×3 Profile here: https://play.fiba3x3.com/players/8f0906ba-f8da-41df-9758-fbbe4ff1266a
See the GB 3×3 Profile here: https://www.fiba.basketball/europe/3x3U18/2017/hungary/Men/Great-Britain
The Under 18 Women’s side feature players that all currently play within the British Basketball structure except for Loie Webb who currently plays in Australia. However, the Men’s team features 5 international players, most recognisably Kareem Queeley playing for European Giants Real Madrid.
British Basketball success
Adding to this clear success of British Basketball, on the Women’s side, Barking Abbey’s Loren Christie is coming off a 10th place finish at European Championships with the GB u20 Women in Romania, Loren has also previously featured on The Church of Hoops as one of our cover athletes.
“It was a really good experience for me though,” Christie remarked following the 10th place finish, “so it’ll be good to be able to use that experience and tempo in 18’s.”
We asked Loren on her thoughts of being so young in the U20’s squad.
“It puts us in a better position to succeed in the future” she said.
Watch Loren tear up the U20 opposition here:
Great Britain Under 18 Men and Women Squads
|1||Tomiwa Sulaiman||Canarias BA|
|5||Kareem Queeley||Real Madrid|
|7||Mate Okros||Myerscough Basketball Academy|
|8||Tosan Evbuomwan||Newcastle Eagles|
|9||Jonathan Brown||Kent Crusaders|
|10||Hosana Kitenge||Loughborough Student Riders|
|11||Callan Low||Myerscough Basketball Academy|
|12||Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo||Manchester Magic|
|14||Chris Feeney||L’Hospitalet BA|
|17||Conroy Hayden||Aston Manor Academy|
|24||Nathan Robinson||Las Lomas HS|
|Katie Bennett||Sevenoaks Suns|
|Emma Cheetham||Myerscough Basketball Academy|
|Loren Christie||Barking Abbey|
|Charlotte Ellmore||Barking Abbey|
|Alix Henderson||Caledonia Pride|
|Shauna Harrison||Lancashire Spinners|
|Esther Little||Ipswich Basketball|
|Shawnisay Millar||Caledonia Pride|
|Olivia Partridge||Sevenoaks Suns|
|Jessica Southwell||Sheffield Hatters|
|Loie Webb||Ipswich Force (AUS)|
|Holly Winterburn||Leicester Riders|
Head Coach: Alan Keane
Assistant Coach: Ian MacLeod
Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst: Mark Jarram
Physiotherapist: Mark Dayson
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Paddy Waplington
Head Coach: Vanessa Ellis
Lead Assistant Coach: Jamie Smith
Assistant Coach: Chantelle Handy
Performance Analyst: Daniel Fatomide
Team Manager: Sadie Mason MBE
Physiotherapist: Aaron Wharton
GREAT BRITAIN GROUP D GAMES Men’s
Saturday July 28th Great Britain v Montenegro
Sunday July 29th Serbia v Great Britain
Tuesday July 31st Lithuania v Great Britain
GREAT BRITAIN GROUP C FIXTURES Women’s
Friday August 3rd Great Britain v Austria
Saturday August 4th Turkey v Great Britain
Sunday August 5th Great Britain v Montenegro
Tuesday August 7th Netherlands v Great Britain
Wednesday August 8th Great Britain v Denmark
In other Scottish Basketball news, City of Edinburgh Kings guard, Owen Mackle, has received an invite to the GB u16 Men’s training camp. With these athletes representing GB from such a small populate country, it shows how good Scottish Hoops really is.