Great Britain’s initial 24-man squad for the third window of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers has been selected.
GB will travel to Larissa to face Group B opponents Greece on Thursday 30 June before returning to Newcastle to play Turkey on Sunday 3 July (4pm).
GB enter this window in unprecedented form, having won 12 of their past 15 games – a run that extends all the way back to the 2018-19 season and includes wins over the European heavyweights of France, Greece, Germany and Montenegro.
While GB’s qualification for the Second Round of World Cup 2023 qualifying is already secure, this doesn’t make these games any less important as results from the First Round carry over and are essential to the team’s qualification hopes for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023.
The 24-man squad is built around a core group of veteran players who have committed to every international window during Nate Reinking’s tenure as Head Coach and features all 13 players who competed for GB in the November 2021 window.
With this being Great Britain’s first summer campaign since 2019, Reinking will be back on the side-line as Head Coach, supported by assistant coaches Andreas Kapoulas, Jamie Smith, and Marc Steutel.
Six players with national team experience re-join the squad following the November window, including Myles Hesson, Kyle Johnson, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Ovie Soko, Josh Steel and Devon Van Oostrum, with the five remaining players yet to suit up for GB at senior level.
Hesson, Ben Mockford, Gabe Olaseni and Assistant Coach Jamie Smith are all on course to achieve their 50th caps for GB this summer, with the former trio set to join only 10 other players who have achieved the feat for the Men’s team.
Amin Adamu, Jaiden Delaire, and Amari Williams receive their first GB Men’s National Team call ups following successful seasons in NCAA Division I, whereas Patrick Whelan and Callum Lawson could also be on track to earn their first caps in this window having featured in GB squads previously.
Adamu last represented GB as part of Andreas Kapoulas’ bronze medal winning U20 team at the 2017 European Championships alongside, having since played a key part in Montana State’s rise to prominence in NCAA Division I.
This will be Jaiden Delaire’s first national team call up at any level. Only 21 years-old, Delaire was named 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Connecticut, before a standout career at Stanford University which saw him earn PAC 12 Most Improved Player of the Year honours in 2021.
Amari Williams is coming off a transformative sophomore season at Drexel where he’s gone from playing a limited role off the bench as a freshman to earning a starting position midway through his sophomore year, averaging 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game since earning a starting berth.
The final match-day team to face Greece will be confirmed ahead of the game.
Great Britain Men’s National Team Roster – FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying – June 2022
|Amin Adamu||G||24||6’5″||Montana State University (USA)||0|
|Jamell Anderson||F||31||6’7″||Manchester Giants (GBR)||4|
|Kavell Bigby-Williams||F/C||26||6’11”||Indios de San Francisco (DOM)||8|
|Dan Clark||F/C||33||6’11”||Manchester Giants (GBR)||110|
|Jaiden Delaire||F||21||6’9″||Stanford University (USA)||0|
|Ashley Hamilton||F||33||6’7″||Montreal Alliance (CAN)||30|
|Myles Hesson||F||32||6’6″||Saga Ballooners (JPN)||45|
|Kyle Johnson||G||33||6’5″||Hamilton Honey Badgers (CAN)||83|
|Sacha Killeya-Jones||F/C||23||6’11”||Hapoel Gilboa Galil (ISR)||8|
|Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye||G||26||6’3″||Heroes Den Bosch (NED)||10|
|Callum Lawson||F||26||6’6″||Valur (ISL)||0|
|Ben Mockford||G||32||6’2″||Lyon (FRA)||45|
|Luke Nelson||G||26||6’3″||ESSM Le Portel (FRA)||26|
|Teddy Okereafor||G||29||6’4″||Cheshire Phoenix (GBR)||51|
|Gabe Olaseni||C||30||6’10”||Darussafaka (TUR)||42|
|Tarik Phillip||G||28||6’3″||San Pablo Purgos (ESP)||12|
|Jacob Round||G||22||6’4″||CB Zamora (ESP)||4|
|Ovie Soko||F||31||6’7″||Shiga Lakestars (JPN)||12|
|Josh Steel||G||25||6’4″||Manchester Giants (GBR)||4|
|Devon van Oostrum||G||29||6’3″||Club Melilla Baloncesto (ESP)||40|
|Carl Wheatle||F||24||6’7″||Pistoia (ITA)||17|
|Patrick Whelan||G||25||6’5″||Leicester Riders (GBR)||0|
|Amari Williams||F||20||6’10”||Drexel University (USA)||0|
|Jordan Williams||F||26||6’8″||London Lions (GBR)||2|
Coaching & Performance Staff:
Head Coach: Nate Reinking
Assistant Coach: Marc Steutel
Assistant Coach: Jamie Smith
Assistant Coach: Andreas Kapoulas
Head Performance Analyst: Adam Sewell
Team Manager & Head of Delegation: Chris Morris
Head Sports Therapist: Tom Cresswell
Physiotherapist: Aynkaran Vigneswaran
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Rich Clarke
Team Doctor: Karen Barclay
*International Caps are accurate as of the start of the June 2022 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying Window.