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Gordon is named in Britain squad

By Rob Dugdale

Ben Gordon
Gordon is a team-mate of Luol Deng at Chicago Bulls in the NBA

Ben Gordon, a team-mate of Luol Deng at the Chicago Bulls, has been shortlisted for Great Britain's summer programme.

Gordon, who represented USA in 2003, is still eligible to play for GB because he was born in London.

Chris Finch's squad, which contains all but one of the players that won promotion to European Division A last summer, contains few surprises.

Great Britain's men's and women's teams will both be attempting to qualify for next year's European Championships.

British Basketball officials will meet Gordon in Chicago in the next two weeks after receiving encouraging signs that he was interested in the programme.

Men's coach Finch hailed the 33-man squad, which will be cut down in May or June to 15-20 for a training camp in August, as "our best-ever group".

"Our challenge now is to identify the best 12-14 players who will give us a shot at winning through to Poland 2009," he added.

"As ever, our success will be largely influenced by the commitment these outstanding players make to the programme."

The women's squad also contains new and younger faces as well as the players that helped secure promotion last season.

"The depth of available talent is clearly moving in the right direction," commented women's coach Mark Clark, whose son Daniel is named in the men's squad.

"This initial squad has a balance of experienced and young players with great potential. The players on this list are aware that to compete, we will need to step up our level of performance."

The men's team will play Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel and the Czech Republic in this summer's qualifying matches, while the women face Israel, Lithuania, Germany and Ukraine.

Men's squad: Kieron Achara (Duquesne - US), Robert Archibald (Mariupol - Ukr), Mike Bernard (Eldo - Ita), Andy Betts (Seville - Spa), Eric Boateng (Arizona St - US), Flinder Boyd (Rosalia - Spa), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington Uni - US), Daniel Clark (Estudiantes - Spa), Dante Cunningham (Villanova - US), Luol Deng, Ben Gordon (both Chicago Bulls - US), Ben Eaves (Connecticut - US), Germayne Forbes (Boulazac - Fra), Nick George (Alicante - Spa), Paul Guede (Valparaiso - US), Matt Guymon Oklahoma City - US), Joel Freeland, Ashley Hamilton, Ryan Richards (all Gran Canaria - Spa), Steve Hansell (Apoel Nicosia - Cyp), Jarrett Hart (Keravnos Nicosia - Cyp), Chris Haslam, Richard Midgley (both Everton), James Jones (Guildford), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Treviso - Ita), Mike Lenzly, Nate Reinking, Andrew Sullivan (all Mons - Bel), Justin Robinson (Rider - US), Chris Sanders (Gothia - Swe), Shane Walker (Maryland - US), Yorick Williams (Milton Keynes).

Women's squad: Kim Butler (Kosit - Slo), Kate Butters, Siobhan Prior (both Nottingham), Joanna Claydon, Georgia Jones, Kristy Lavin (all Manchester), Laura Calder (Northumbria), Stef Collins (UWIC), Josette Campbell, Azania Stewart (both Notre Dame Acad - US), Arek Deng (Solent), Louise Gamman (San Bonifacio - Ita), Chantelle Handy (Marshall - US), Meagan Hoffman (Alvargomez - Spa), Lucy Hutchinson, Helen Naylor, Sarah Naylor (all Sheffield), Sally Kaznica, Harriett Yea (both Rhondda), Johannah Leedham (Franklin Pierce US), Nikki Luckhurst (Tulane - US), Rosalee Mason (Chieti - Ita), Sarah McKay, Megan Moody (both Cadi La Seu - Spa), Toni Newman (Cal Poly - US), Julie Page (Saarlouis - Ger), Lauren Johnson-Thomas (Kirkwood).

see also
European draw offers GB men hope
16 Feb 08 |  Basketball
Britain coaches given new deals
20 Dec 07 |  Basketball
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