‘Huge Honour’ for Scottish Trio as GB comes calling
As the regular season comes to an end for many, for a few it continues. As a trio of Scots are selected for this years Great Britain U18 Squads, it is their chance to reap the rewards of their hard work during the season.
Alan Keane and Len Busch have announced their squads ahead of the FIBA U18 European Championships, with the men competing in Division A in Greece and the Women looking for promotion from Division B in North Macedonia.
Coach Keane will head up the U18 Men assisted by Mark Jarram and Ian MacLeod and has selected two Scots into his squad. Returning to the GB set up for another year, former St Mirren player Chris Feeney will head out as one of the experienced athletes in the team. Now playing at Barking Abbey in the EABL and Basketball England NBL D1, Feeney has proven to be a sharpshooter recording a solid 38% from behind the arc and over 14 points.
I’m very excited to hopefully have the opportunity to represent GB this year in division A in Greece. This is a very important year being my last one as a junior player, I’m hoping to come in as one of the more experienced guards on the floor and help the team to have success at the highest level in Europe.
Joining Feeney will be former Stirling Knights prodigy Lewis McGlasson who fell just short last year in making the final 12. Suiting up for Myerscough in the EABL, McGlasson has put on some huge performances, securing the MVP title in the BasketballEngland Playoff Final. Knocking down 43% of his shots from behind the arc and an ability to drive to the hoop, McGlasson has proven to be a dual threat.
It’s a huge honour to be select for the GB program and represent the country in this beautiful game. It’s been a successful season and year so far so it’s good to see how all my hard work is paying off but there’s still a long way to go.
Both players have had the experience of playing in Europe already. The pair have both played with clubs in Spain and around the Med, bringing back their skill to academy teams in England.
Looking for promotion into Division A, Coach Busch will be assisted by Chris Bunten and Roz Mason. Returning to the GB programme, Pollyanna Storie comes in as one of the highest capped juniors having kitted up for the U16 squads. The former City of Edinburgh Kats star has shifted over to Edinburgh University and made her pro debut as she signed with WBBL side, Caledonia Pride. Posting around 6 points and 4 rebounds with the Pro’s in limited minutes, Storie had a good run of form highlighted by a 14 point outing against Leicester Riders in which she showed her range going 2 for 2 from behind the arc.
It’s a huge honour being selected for GB camp once again. I am proud to represent Scotland and excited to see my teammates and coaches, and can’t wait to get started. The WBBL has helped me get stronger and smarter, allowing me to develop my game and prepare for the summer.
With all squads still in preparation for the European Championships, the coaching staffs are yet to make their final cut to 12. The Women begin their competition on July 5th with the men having a longer break till July 27th.