Great Britain’s men have been placed in the second group of seeds for the draw for next summer’s qualifiers for Eurobasket 2011 which takes place in Germany on January 16.
With all eleven European participants in the 2010 World Championships automatically qualifying, the remaining 15 countries in the A Division will face off for the remaining places during August.
The hopefuls will be divided into three groups of five teams and will play home and away games. The teams placed first in each group and the two best second placed teams, will qualify for the EuroBasket 2011 finals directly – with one further berth up for grabs in a play-off.
Britain’s feat in reaching last year’s Eurobasket finals was enough to earn them the fifth-highest ranking after Poland, Macedonia, Latvia and Israel.
By contrast, GB women are seeded just 16th for their draw for the qualifiers for the 2011 Eurobasket in Poland after just avoiding relegation to Division B.
Both sides will be aiming to achieve the kind of results that would leave FIBA with no option but to hand the hosts a place in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.