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The Great Britain Men's National Basketball Team, known as Great Britain Basketball or GB Basketball, is the national team for Great Britain in basketball. The current governing body for the Great Britain team was formed by the national basketball organisations of England (Basketball England), Scotland (Basketballscotland) and Wales (Basketball Wales) on 1 December 2005 to provide a competitive team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although Wales subsequently chose to remain independent, Scotland and England decided to continue with the formal merger. This structure does not include the basketball association of Northern Ireland; Northern Irish players normally represent the Ireland national basketball team, though they are also eligible to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Summer Olympic Games.

Great Britain United Kingdom
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FIBA ranking41 Increase 3 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA2005
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBritish Basketball Federation
CoachAlberto Lorenzo[2]
Olympic Games
Appearances2
EuroBasket
Appearances4

HistoryEdit

 
Playing against Slovenia at the EuroBasket 2009

London Olympics 1948Edit

British teams have rarely made an impact on the international scene, only featuring in two Olympic games, both of which were hosted in London (1948 and 2012). The team at the 1948 tournament only won one game (vs. Ireland) and at the 2012 tournament only won one game (vs. China). However, the England national basketball team did qualify for EuroBasket 1981, surprisingly winning the game against the elite team of Greece.

Formation of the British Basketball Federation 2005Edit

After London won the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, the organisers wanted competitive teams in every sport, including basketball. A Great Britain side was formed for the first time since 1992 on 1 December 2005. The new team secured the help of NBA's Chicago Bulls' star Luol Deng, and he led the team to promotion from EuroBasket Division B to Division A. FIBA had stated that Great Britain must prove their competitiveness prior to being granted the spot in the Olympic tournament that would normally be reserved for the host nation.

EuroBasket 2009Edit

In Great Britain's first season at the Division A level in 2008, the team finished on top of a group which also included Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic and Israel to qualify for EuroBasket 2009.

EuroBasket 2011Edit

During August 2010 Great Britain began their qualification campaign for EuroBasket 2011. Britain were drawn into a group containing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Macedonia and Ukraine. They finished top of their group and qualified for back to back EuroBasket tournaments for their first time.

On 13 March 2011, Fiba voted 17–3 in favour of Great Britain receiving their host nation spot at the 2012 Olympic games with one condition, they have until 30 June 2012 to decide on whether to merge the three nations that make up the team or disband after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[3]

On 21 June 2012, Basketball Wales confirmed their intent to reject the proposed merger on the grounds that the arrangement was always intended to be temporary in the build-up to the London Olympics, and that it would not be in the best interests for the sport in Wales for the country to forfeit its national team, when the GB team contained no Welsh players.

At EuroBasket 2011 Great Britain recorded their first EuroBasket win en route to a 2–3 record, good enough for 13th in the first 24 team EuroBasket tournament.

London Olympics 2012Edit

 
Nate Reinking defended by Kobe Bryant, in a friendly game before the 2012 Games

For the 2012 Olympics in London, Great Britain were awarded automatic qualification. In the group stage, they lost to Russia, Brazil, Spain and Australia.

The British team would be eliminated in the group stage but was somewhat of a surprise only falling to defending and eventual runners up Spain by 1, and Brazil by 5, they also led Australia by 10 at halftime before fading late. In the final group game they faced China, both teams already unable to progress to the knockout stage. They won the game 90–58, making it only the second Olympic victory for Great Britain. Throughout the tournament Luol Deng played 173 minutes, more than any other player, and also came in the top ten for points and assists.[4]

EuroBasket 2013Edit

In June 2013, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty was announced as the new coach, following the resignation of Chris Finch.[5]

Having participated in the previous Olympic tournament, Great Britain qualified automatically for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. They went into the tournament short-handed: Luol Deng was recovering from illness, Pops Mensah-Bonsu did not participate due to an injury and Joel Freeland was also absent, citing commitments with his club. Despite this, Great Britain won their first game against Israel in overtime, but subsequently lost to France and Belgium. Winning their fourth group game against favoured Germany put them on the verge of advancing to the second round of the tournament for the first time in their history. The team went into their final group game against Ukraine needing to win, but Ukraine had been performing better than expected and dispatched Britain 87–68. They finished equalling their record from the previous tournament, with Daniel Clark leading the team in scoring and defence.[6]

Following their tournament exit it was announced that the governing body for British sports, UK Sport, were to cut the funding for the team after failing to reach the agreed-upon minimum final placing in the tournament.[7] Funding from UK Sport would have been used to aid the team's efforts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

EuroBasket 2015Edit

A defeat to Iceland on 20 August meant the team had failed to qualify for EuroBasket 2015. This outcome was largely attributed to British Basketball no longer receiving funding from UK Sport; efficiencies were having to be made, including cancelling training camps and being unable to secure the participation of players such as Luol Deng due to insurance costs, which has in turn affected performance, and put the future of the Great Britain team in doubt. Forward Kieron Achara spoke out about how the financial struggles had affected the team.[8]

EuroBasket 2017Edit

Great Britain were drawn in the "group of death" with Belgium, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, and tournament hosts, Turkey. Despite some close performances, GB lost all 5 matches to finish bottom of EuroBasket 2017 Group D.

After the tournament Tony Garbelotto took over as Head Coach from Joe Prunty.[9]

Recent matchesEdit

EuroBasket 2021 qualification (second round pre-qualifiers)[10]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Austria 4 3 1 324 300 +24 7 Qualification to the EuroBasket qualifiers
2   Great Britain 4 3 1 319 279 +40 7 Advance to the third round
3   Cyprus 4 0 4 248 312 −64 4
First match(es) will be played on 13 September 2018. Source: FIBA

Competitive recordEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

The roster for the EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualification Round:

Great Britain Men's National Basketball Team - 2021 EuroBasket Pre-Qualifying roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F 0 Olaseni, Gabriel 27 – (1991-12-29)29 December 1991 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) s.Oliver Würzburg  
F 00 Soko, Ovie 28 – (1991-02-07)7 February 1991 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) UCAM Murcia  
G 3 Washington, Conner 27 – (1992-06-04)4 June 1992 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Leicester Riders  
G 4 Lawrence, Andrew 29 – (1990-06-04)4 June 1990 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Latina Basket SSDARL  
G 5 Okereafor, Teddy 26 – (1992-11-08)8 November 1992 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Holargos BC  
G 7 Steel, Josh 22 – (1997-01-14)14 January 1997 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Força Lleida CE  
F 14 Clark, Daniel 30 – (1988-09-16)16 September 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Montakit Fuenlabrada  
F 12 Gilchrist, Robert 28 – (1990-10-14)14 October 1990 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Lulea  
F 14 Hamilton, Ashley 30 – (1988-09-28)28 September 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) London City Royals  
G 15 Johnson, Kyle 30 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) St. John's Edge  
F 22 Hesson, Myles 29 – (1990-06-05)5 June 1990 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque  
F 24 Wheatle, Carl 21 – (1998-03-24)24 March 1998 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Pallacanestro Biella  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 3 August 2019

Past rostersEdit

2017 EuroBasket TeamEdit

The 12 players selected for the 2017 EuroBasket tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. Note that the players' details and clubs are those during the time of the tournament.

Great Britain announced its 12-man squad for EuroBasket 2017 on 24 August 2017.[11]

Great Britain men's national basketball team – EuroBasket 2017 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 0 Dang Akodo, Jules 21 – (1996-05-02)May 2, 1996 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Burgos 2002  
G 1 Johnson, Kyle 28 – (1988-12-31)December 31, 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) London Lightning  
G 3 Mockford, Ben 28 – (1989-08-18)August 18, 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Palma  
G 4 Lawrence, Andrew 27 – (1990-06-04)June 4, 1990 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Champagne Basket  
G 5 Okereafor, Teddy 24 – (1992-11-11)November 11, 1992 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Pistoia  
F 10 Clark, Daniel 28 – (1988-09-16)September 16, 1988 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Murcia  
F 11 Murray, Gareth 32 – (1984-09-23)September 23, 1984 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Glasgow Rocks  
C 13 Boateng, Eric 31 – (1985-11-20)November 20, 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Blois Basket  
PG 19 Nelson, Luke 22 – (1995-06-29)June 29, 1995 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) UC Irvine Anteaters  
F 20 Achara, Kieron 34 – (1983-07-03)July 3, 1983 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Glasgow Rocks  
C 26 Olaseni, Gabe 25 – (1991-12-29)December 29, 1991 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Orléans  
G 44 Josephs, Kofi 25 – (1991-09-13)September 13, 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Hertener Löwen  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017


2014 EuroBasket 2015 Qualifying TeamEdit

The roster for the EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers:

Great Britain men's national basketball team - EuroBasket 2015 Qualifying roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F 4 Achara, Kieron 31 – (1983-07-03)3 July 1983 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Glasgow Rocks  
F 5 Hamilton, Ashley 25 – (1988-09-28)28 September 1988 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Loyola Marymount Lions  
F 6 Bailey, Devan 25 – (1989-05-10)10 May 1989 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Cheshire Phoenix  
G 7 van Oostrum, Devon 21 – (1993-01-24)24 January 1993 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) CB Peñas Huesca  
F 8 Sullivan, Andrew 34 – (1980-02-12)12 February 1980 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Leicester Riders  
F 9 Murray, Gareth 29 – (1984-09-23)23 September 1984 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Plymouth Raiders  
F 10 Clark, Daniel 25 – (1988-09-16)16 September 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada  
F 12 Hesson, Myles 24 – (1990-06-05)5 June 1990 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Eisbären Bremerhaven  
F 13 Bryan-Amaning, Matthew 25 – (1988-09-05)5 September 1988 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Soles de Mexicali  
C 14 Boateng, Eric 28 – (1985-11-20)20 November 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez  
G 15 Johnson, Kyle 25 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Pallacanestro Biella  
G 25 Mockford, Benjamin 24 – (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) Plymouth Raiders  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 3 August 2014


2013 EuroBasket TeamEdit

The roster for EuroBasket 2013:

Great Britain men's national basketball team - 2013 EuroBasket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
F 4 Achara, Kieron 30 – (1983-07-03)3 July 1983 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Kavala  
G 5 Lawrence, Andrew 23 – (1990-06-04)4 June 1990 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Charleston Cougars  
G 6 Robinson, Justin 25 – (1987-10-17)17 October 1987 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Uppsala  
G 7 van Oostrum, Devon 20 – (1993-01-24)24 January 1993 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Saski Baskonia  
F 8 Sullivan, Andrew 33 – (1980-02-12)12 February 1980 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Leicester Riders  
F 9 Murray, Gareth 28 – (1984-09-23)23 September 1984 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Glasgow Rocks  
F 10 Hesson, Myles 23 – (1990-06-05)5 June 1990 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Gießen 46ers  
F 11 Fraser, Alasdair 21 – (1992-08-13)13 August 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Maine Black Bears  
F 12 Clark, Daniel 24 – (1988-09-16)16 September 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Zaragoza  
G 13 Ogooluwa, Adegboye 25 – (1987-09-23)23 September 1987 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Engomis  
C 14 Boateng, Eric 27 – (1985-11-20)20 November 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Phantoms Braunschweig  
G 15 Johnson, Kyle 24 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Pallacanestro Biella  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 4 September 2013


2012 Olympic TeamEdit

The 12 players selected for the Olympic tournament. Note that the players' details and clubs are those during the time of the games.[12]The following is the Great Britain roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[13]

Great Britain men's national basketball team – 2012 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PF 4 Achara, Kieron 29 – (1983-07-03)3 July 1983 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Assignia Manresa  
PG 5 Lawrence, Andrew 22 – (1990-06-04)4 June 1990 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) College of Charleston  
SG 6 Lenzly, Mike 31 – (1981-05-01)1 May 1981 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) ČEZ Nymburk  
F/C 7 Mensah-Bonsu, Pops 28 – (1983-09-07)7 September 1983 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Beşiktaş Milangaz  
SF 8 Sullivan, Andrew 31 – (1980-02-12)12 February 1980 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Leicester Riders  
SF 9 Deng, Luol 27 – (1985-04-16)16 April 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Chicago Bulls  
C 10 Archibald, Robert 32 – (1980-03-29)29 March 1980 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) CAI Zaragoza  
PF 11 Freeland, Joel 25 – (1987-02-07)7 February 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Portland Trail Blazers  
PG 12 Reinking, Nate 38 – (1973-12-12)12 December 1973 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Sheffield Sharks  
PF 13 Clark, Daniel 23 – (1988-09-16)16 September 1988 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) CB Estudiantes  
SG 14 Johnson, Kyle 23 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) APOEL B.C.  
C 15 Boateng, Eric 26 – (1985-11-20)20 November 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Peristeri B.C.  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 29 July 2012

Other notable playersEdit

Players who have made an appearance for the teamEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

  • Biggest win – 92–43 vs. Moldova, 49 points, 4 August 2014
  • Biggest defeat – 43–111 vs. Czechoslovakia, 68 points, 31 May 1968
  • Longest winning streak (FIBA competition games) – 6, 21 August 2007 to 15 September 2007
  • Longest winning streak (all games) - 10, 14 August 2007 to 13 August, 2008
  • Most points scored in a game by an individual player – John Johnson, 44 points vs. Spain, 23 May 1984

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/basketball/43171482
  3. ^ "Great Britain's men's and women's basketball teams to play in Olympics". The Guardian. London. 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball". [London2012.com]. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Great Britain Appoint Prunty as Coach". [Eurobasket2013.org]. 12 June 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  6. ^ Eurobasket2013.org. "Great Britain". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013.
  7. ^ BBC. "GB face funding cut after defeat".
  8. ^ "Kieron Achara reveals £15-a-day struggle". BBC. 19 August 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.mvp247.com/2017/08/gbmjob-goes-garbelotto/
  10. ^ http://www.gbbasketball.com/news/4466.php#.Wz3crNJKjrc
  11. ^ "PRUNTY NAMES FINAL 12 FOR EUROBASKET". 24 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Great Britain Roster".
  13. ^ "GBR - Roster". FIBA. 18 July 2012.

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