Abigail Johnson and Sam Roscoe have become late additions to the Great Britain’s initial 17-strong EuroBasket squad.

Johnson, currently thought to be transferring out of St. Bonaventure’s University after not playing last season, and Manchester Mystics centre Roscoe join the 15 players provisionally selected earlier this month, including naturalised newcomer Kennedy Leonard.

However there is no place for Leicester Riders guard Holly Winterburn despite a clamour for the WBBL Young Player of the Year to be taken with one eye on the future.

“We qualified for FIBA Women’s EuroBasket after a very tough qualification group where only the winners qualified,” said head coach Chema Buceta. “Now we will do our best to compete at the highest level against the best teams in Europe. We know it is going to be difficult, but we will face it with ambition, courage, team attitude and self-confidence.

“These are values that have guided our women all the way through qualifying and I am sure they will make all of British basketball very proud. Our strategy will be to take it game by game, as that’s what we have done during qualification and it is what we need to do now.”

The roster will be cut to 12 ahead of EuroBasket which tips off in Riga on June 27. Mark Lloyd, the much-respected former men’s team manager, will take on the same role for the women’s side.

GB Squad

Mollie Campbell – Forward – Leicester Riders
Stef Collins – Guard – Cardiff Met Archers
Temi Fagbenle – Forward – CCC Polkowice, Poland & Minnesota Lynx, USA
Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee – Guard – Uni Ferrol, Spain
Cheridene Green – Forward – University Of Tennessee, USA
Chantelle Handy – Forward – Battipaglia, Italy
Abigail Johnson – Forward – St. Bonaventure, USA
Georgia Jones – Guard – Manchester Mystics
Johannah Leedham – Guard – CCC Polkowice, Poland
Kennedy Leonard – Guard – University Of Colorado , USA
Janice Monakana – Forward – Sevenoaks Suns
Samantha Roscoe – Centre – Manchester Mystics
Karlie Samuelson – Forward – Castors Braine, Belgium & Los Angeles Sparks, USA
Hannah Shaw – Centre – Cortegada, Spain
Eilidh Simpson – Guard – CSL Dijon, France
Rachael Vanderwal – Guard – Gernika Bizkaia, Spain
Savannah Wilkinson – Forward – Florida State University, USA

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