Thursday, 22 July 2010

Luol Deng gets GB go-ahead

Luol Deng's insurance issues have been resolved and the Chicago Bulls forward has been cleared to play for Great Britain, as expected, in next month's European Championship qualifiers.

The NBA player surprised British Basketball officials by arriving in the UK on Thursday on an overnight flight from Chicago in time to link up with the squad at their media day in Surrey.

Deng's insurance deal allows him to practice with his team-mates and although he admitted he will need "a week" to regain full fitness after his recent trip to Sudan, he is expected to be ready for GB's opening qualifier against Hungary.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu also arrived early at camp and will likely feature in Friday's friendly with Finland.

Coach Chris Finch has also released teenage guard Devon van Oostrum from his squad. The Caja Laboral playmaker, considered a long shot to make the final squad, will now link up with England's Under-18 team for their European Championship series in Israel.


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