British Basketball League has strong representation in the 24-man longlist that
GB Basketball has today announced for the forthcoming FIBA 2023 World Cup Qualifying
double-header against Belarus.
of the 24 players in Acting Head Coach Marc Steutel’s longlist for the duo of
games against Belarus – the first being played away in Minsk on Friday February
25th and the second being played at home in Newcastle on Monday February
28th – represent clubs in the BBL.
Anderson, Dan Clark, Josh Steel, Teddy Okereafor, Ben Mockford, Patrick Whelan,
Gareth Murray and Jordan Williams are all included in the 24-man roster, with
the final 12-man rosters to be confirmed before each game
GB enter the second window of FIBA World Cup
Qualifying in unprecedented form, having won 12 of their past 15 games – a run
that extends all the way back to the 2018-19 season.
This historic period of fine form includes a
famous win last November where GB toppled world-number-10-ranked Greece 78-69,
signifying the first time Great Britain had beaten the European powerhouse
since 1984, as well as significant victories against France and Germany within
co-captain Dan Clark (110 caps) moves closer to becoming GB’s all-time leading
International Cap winner with only Eric Boateng (116 caps) ahead of him, with
the 33-year-old having a stellar debut season in the British Basketball League
representing the Manchester Giants.
Men’s team last faced Belarus in the Tbilisi City Hall Cup in 2014, where Belarus
came out 68-77, however GB Men’s last visit to Belarus was more fruitful, in
the FIBA EuroBasket 2007 Division B Group Phase, winning 83-51 on that
Congratulations to the 24 players selected and good luck to the GB team for their forthcoming qualifiers at the end of the month.