Great Britain v CanadaTemi Fagbenle is out of Great Britain’s EuroBasket Women campaign but there are conflicting claims over the reasons for her withdrawal.

In an interview with the BBL’s website, GB coach Damian Jennings revealed that her non-arrival at the team’s training camp was due to “the academic constrains that Harvard have put in place”. It followed the 19-year-old’s impressive debut NCAA campaign that saw the centre win the Ivy league’s Rookie of the Year.

However British Basketball released a statement on Tuesday, citing medical reasons for Fagbenle’s unavailability. No details of her injury were available.

“I cannot wait to represent GB again, but unfortunately I cannot be with the team this summer because of medical reasons,” said the player in a statement issued by BB.

“I am on an intensive rehab schedule for the next few months, and I aim to come back stronger and in less pain than I have been in the past. This was a difficult decision for me to make as I wanted nothing more than to represent GB again this summer, however, I believe I have made the right choice.”

Scotland international Erin McGarrachan is, as expected, to miss the European campaign due to an injury sustained late in the season at Houston Baptist University.

The GB team will play three home games in Guildford this coming weekend, with Jo Leedham also absent due to her attempts to win a place on the roster of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

British Basketball’s National Teams Director, Warwick Cann said: “Unfortunately injuries always play their part in player unavailability at this level. We are disappointed to lose any player from our squad because we genuinely want to help with their development and progress to reaching their personal goal of playing for their country.

“On the other hand we have a good group currently in training who are relishing the programme. We aim to do well at EuroBasket and we are building our depth for the future.”

Pic: Mansoor Ahmed/British Basketball

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