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Joel Osborne

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Posted Monday, November 27th 2017

Kapoulas names 17-man England squad for second training camp

Andreas Kapoulas has narrowed his initial Team England squad down to 17 players ahead of the second training camp in February.

Team England’s Men concluded a successful four-day camp in Manchester last week as they continued their preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Players attending the camp represented a number of BBL clubs, many of whom joined the camp following their involvement in the weekend’s round of fixtures, and overseas-based players including Adam Thoseby, who flew in from Australia, Jamell Anderson from Spain and Joe Hart from Germany.

The National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester was the venue for the on-court portions of the camp, which included four practice sessions, including a scrimmage on Tuesday night. Sunday’s focus was on an initial team meeting, baseline physical tests and medical screenings, whilst Wednesday was aimed at recovery and individual player meetings.

“The standard has been very high and the effort has been outstanding,” said Andreas Kapoulas.

"The whole camp was about a first introduction to the programme leading up to the Commonwealth Games and getting to know each other.

"The guys wanted to get better through the whole process, very unselfish in the way they did things and it was a real pleasure to work with them.”

Helping Kapoulas throughout the four days were his assistant coaches Alan Keane and James Vear, plus apprentice coaches Chris Bourne and Sam Messam.

Team Manager Mark Lloyd, Physio Peter Thain and Strength and Conditioning Coach Paddy Waplington also played a key role.

As the evaluation process continues towards selecting a final 12-man roster to head to Australia, Coach Kapoulas has confirmed a list of 17 further players for the next Team England camp in February 2018.

Discussing the announcement, Basketball England’s Talent Development and Performance Manager Vladan Dragosavac said: 
“Moving from 23 players to 17 is by no means a narrowing down in the selection process.

"Players who aren’t on the list for February’s camp aren’t in any way excluded from final selection and we will continue to consider and observe every eligible player available between now and the end of February. This is just another step in the evaluation process of what remains a wide pool of very talented players as we seek to find the best 12 to take to the Commonwealth Games in April.”

February’s training camp is scheduled to take place From February 18th-21st in Manchester. A final roster of 12 players will then be confirmed in late February.

After flying out to Australia in March for a preparation camp, the Men’s side will open Pool B play against Scotland on April 5th before further games against India on April 7th and Cameroon on April 8th.


Coach Kapoulas' 17-man Team England Squad

1

Jamell Anderson

FG La Roda (ESP)

2

Darius Defoe

Newcastle Eagles

3

Daniel Edozie

Bristol Flyers

4

Zach Gachette

Sheffield Sharks

5

Joe Ikhinmwin

London Lions

6

Orlan Jackman

Cheshire Phoenix

7

Callum Jones

Manchester Giants

8

Andrew Lasker

Newcastle Eagles

9

Raheem May-Thompson

Cheshire Phoenix

10

Omotayo Ogedengbe

Surrey Scorchers

11

Josh Steel

Surrey Scorchers

12

Andy Thomson

Leicester Riders

13

Adam Thoseby

Sydney Kings (AUS)

14

Mike Tuck

Sheffield Sharks

15

Shane Walker

Leicester Riders

16

Zak Wells

Plymouth Raiders

17

Kai Williams

 Newcastle Eagles