In a hectic summer for British Basketball, history will be made this week as Great Britain are sending a Women’s team to the Under-18 3×3 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary, for the first time.
3×3 Basketball’s popularity in the UK has continued to boom this summer, with Team England and Team Scotland starring at the Commonwealth Games with plenty of GB Basketball talent on show for England and Scotland’s Men’s and Women’s teams, and GB sending teams to the U17 Europe Cup Qualifiers, as well as the senior team qualifiers earlier in the summer.
GB’s entry into this week’s U18 World Cup is the first such entry for a Great Britain team, although England have entered Men’s and Women’s teams in the past.
A quartet of players have been selected for the roster, all of whom featured for Kenrick Liburd’s U18s in the FIBA European Championships ‘B’ Division in 5v5 action earlier this summer.
Team Leader: Azeb Smalley
The team are joined in Pool C by Brazil, Chile, Japan and Latvia, and the competition schedule as well as information on where to watch the action live can be found here.
Team Leader, Azeb Smalley, said:
“I am really excited to be leading the GB U18 3×3 Women’s Team at the World Cup in Hungary. It’s great to see the girls having the opportunity to represent GB again this summer. It’ll be an incredible experience for them to compete not only against some fantastic teams in Europe, but also worldwide.”
GB U18 Center Carys Roy added:
“I’m looking forward to playing against lots of great competition. I’m grateful for this opportunity to to play in a World Cup which will be such a valuable experience for myself and the whole team.”