Doug_Leichner_2-reGreat Britain Under-20 coach Doug Leichner has named his initial squad for this summer’s European Championships in Greece with four of the line-up which gained promotion to Division A in 2013 making a return.

The 16-strong group, which includes just one non-English player, sees a call-up for highly-rated guard Luke Nelson fresh from his freshman season at UC Irvine as well as his team-mate there Alex Young.

Leichner’s side open the group stages against Latvia on July 8 with their first round pool also including Hungary, Greece and Lithuania.

“Nobody will have bigger expectations of what we can do as a group, than ourselves,” the head coach said. “We have good talent and depth and in their different ways, they’ve all experienced a measure of success.”

“The challenge we offer to them is to lay down the groundwork – putting in the hard work, team bonding, creating a winning culture. After all, we have to unify this group in a small preparation camp.  We look forward to what Division A has in store and it’s going to be exciting.” 

They will hold training camp later this month at the University of Essex.


Kavell Bigby Williams, 6’10, forward, Lewisham Thunder ,

Rowell Graham,         6’5, forward, Leeds Carnegie ,

Tyrell Isaacs,              5’11, guard, London GP,

Ben Lawson,               7’0, forward, Western Kentucky,

Joseph Lockwood,      6’8 , forward, Barking Abbey,

Grant Mackay,            6’4, forward, St Anselm’s College NH,

Luke Mascall Wright, 6’3 guard Ipswich,

Joshua McSwiggan,   6’7 guard/forward, Leicester Riders,

Benjamin Mead,        6’9, forward, Franklin Pierce,

Connor Murtagh,       6’5, guard, Manchester Magic,

Luke Nelson,              6’3, guard, UC Irvine, California,

Tamas Okros,             6’7 , forward, Bristol Flyers,

Dwayne Orija,            6’3, guard, Medway Park,

Elliot Sentence,          6’5 guard, Leicester Warriors,

Morayo Soluade,        6’5 , forward, Unicaja Malaga,

Jordan Spencer,         6’2, guard, Augustana College SD,

Lucas Stivrins,            6’11, centre University of Nevada,

Alex Young,                6’1, guard, UC Irvine, California

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