MBA UNDECIDED ON EURO PLACE

Matthew Bryan-Amaning has cast doubt on his availability for Great Britain’s Eurobasket campaign.

The London-born forward, now aged 22, is preparing to bring down the curtain on his collegiate career at the University of Washington at the end of an impressive senior season in which he was named in the Pac-10’s All-Conference team as well as its Most Improved Player.

Bryan-Amaning made his competitive GB debut last summer in the European qualifiers, taking a back-up role off the bench. However, speaking in an online chat, he did not confirm he would accept a spot in the initial squad for Lithuania.

“(My) summer plans are not confirmed yet,” he said. “If I'm able to play I feel my role should increase on the team.”

He added that it would depend “on my post-college basketball career and if I get drafted or when I sign overseas.”

For the next three weeks, the Brit will be focusing his attentions on the NCAA Tournament and a last chance to reach the Final Four with the Huskies.

His team starts its quest with a First Round tie against the University of Georgia in Charlotte on Friday (ESPN America, Saturday 1.30am).

However Bryan-Amaning is thrilled at the prospect of turning out for Team GB at next year’s Olympics in his hometown.

“(It's a) very high ambition,” he said. “Especially since my friends and family don't get to watch me a lot live.”

Gordon to be on point?

Pops Mensah-Bonsu believes Ben Gordon can solve Britain’s problematic point guard role if he makes his international debut this summer.

The Detroit Pistons star has played almost exclusively as a shooting guard in his NBA career and is seen as a potential zone-busting option for GB coach Chris Finch.

Ogo Adegboye, who is about to complete his four-year stint at St. Bonaventure University, surprisingly won the starting role in 2010.

However Mensah-Bonsu thinks Gordon would lend an experienced hand in the job.

"He's a scorer, he's a threat inside and outside,” he told FIBAEurope.com

"So we have somebody who opposing teams are going to have to focus on and that will take some of the pressure off of Luol (Deng) and myself."

Power to her elbow

Lucy Power has been re-appointed as Great Britain women's team manager up to 2012 Olympics.

The former Basketball Wales coaching manager has held the job since GB were in Division B.

 

“Lucy's experience and rapport with the team will be essential in helping to create the right environment for success," said performance director Chris Spice.

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