Wednesday, 2 June 2010

England unveil 11-game summer programme

Paul James wants England’s hopefuls to make an impression this summer and force their way into the Great Britain squad.

Despite the cancellation of the 1st FIBA Commonwealth Championship for Men that was scheduled for August in Bangalore, England Basketball has arranged an off-season programme including a series of four friendlies against Scotland and Lithuania at Worcester.

With England ineligible for FIBA competitions, the 11-game series will give some fringe stars the opportunity to experience international basketball.

James said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the most talented English players who have either excelled at Under 20 level or are on the fringes of making the GB squad. There is no substitute for playing in international competition and exposing these players to competition of this type can only be good for English and British basketball."

Peter Scantlebury will be James’ Assistant Coach for the six-week programme that also includes tournaments in Calais and Belfast.

June 25-27 Training & Scotland, 2 games University of Worcester
July 4-8 Training & Lithuania, 2 games University of Worcester
July 13-17 Tournament Calais / Dunkerque, France
Belgium U23
Ivory Coast
Aug 4-8 Tournament Belfast
Ireland All Stars
Melbourne Tigers
University of Pittsburgh


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