Great Britain guard Steve Leven has 'defected' to Scotland after signing up to feature on national duty in July’s European Championships in Malta.
Under FIBA rules, players cannot represent both GB and one of the home nations in the same year.
However after talks with Britain’s coach Chris Finch, Australian-born Leven has ruled himself out of this summer’s Eurobasket qualifiers in favour of making his debut for the land of his mother’s birth.
He confirmed: “Tom Campbell, the Scotland coach, contacted me a while ago. So I will be coming up to train and also play in the friendlies and play with them in all the tournaments and games coming up this summer. And I’d like to return to the BBL next season.”
The 27-year-old, who has played in the Netherlands and Spain as well as for Newcastle Eagles, made his GB debut in 2008 but has missed most of this season through injury.