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Posted Monday, March 19th 2018

A dream come true - Edozie

Daniel Edozie has revealed his immense pride at being named in the final 12-man England squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Flyers forward has enjoyed another successful season in Bristol, averaging nine points and seven rebounds a game, which ultimately led up to the call-up from Coach Kapoulas to play for the national team.

Labeling the news ‘a dream’, Edozie said the reality of representing his home country is yet to sink in.

"It’s always been a goal of mine to represent my country and now I’ve got the opportunity to play for England at the Commonwealth Games - it’s like a dream come true,” he told Bristol Flyers TV.

"It’s good to be a part of a great group of guys. We’ve already had a chance to build some chemistry in the two preparation camps, but it’s more about embracing the experience of playing with guys that we usually play against in the BBL.

"I’ve never been to Australia before, but I’m looking forward to some really good weather once and for all!"

The international call-up is just the latest achievement in an incredible rise to stardom for Edozie. He battled through childhood adversity, including homelessness on Compton’s skid row and growing up in the US foster system.

When the offer came from the Flyers to play in Britain and return to his birth country, Edozie jumped at the opportunity.

Signed by Coach Kapoulas in 2015, Edozie's performances helped the Flyers to their highest league finish of seventh last season, as well as a trip to the BBL Play-Offs.

Before then he had played for three years at Iowa State University under Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, where he featured alongside Georges Niang and Naz Mitrou-Long of the Utah Jazz and Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets.

Edozie signed for the Bristol Flyers in 2015

Flying out to the Gold Coast on March 22nd, Edozie is set to miss four games for the Flyers and will return to Bristol in time for the clash against Sheffield Sharks on Tuesday, April 17th.

"I think it may be tough, but at the same time Coach is putting the Flyers in a position where they’re going to have to learn to work without certain players on the court.

"It's a good opportunity for other players to play extended minutes and I’m looking forward to seeing what the results will be whilst I’m away in Australia.

"I’m confident in my teammates to take care of business while we are gone."

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