Great Britain’s 12-man squad for the tonight’s’s FIBA 2023 World Cup Qualifier against Belgium has been confirmed.

In the second phase of FIBA World Cup qualifying for the first time ever, GB are set to get their campaign underway in Mons, for a pair of games that double as tune-ups for EuroBasket which begins next week.

Luke Nelson and Ovie Soko return to the 12-man roster for the first time this year, and Teddy Okereafor is back in the fold after injury ruled him out of the previous window against Greece and Turkey. Devon van Oostrum drops out of the 13 from camp with Tarik Phillip and Ashley Hamilton out due to injury and likely absentees also for the Euros.

Head C=Coach Nate Reinking said: “I’ve been very proud of the way the guys have come into camp and gone about their business since getting together. The chemistry and togetherness of this group has really enabled us to hit the ground running and we’re excited for the challenges that lay ahead of us in Mons on Thursday and back home in Newcastle against Latvia on Sunday.

“Belgium are a very experienced, disciplined, well-coached roster of players. I do see parallels between us and them in terms of the make-up of our roster and the chemistry the team has. Whether you look at our older guys or the younger players coming through, they’ve all come through age groups together and have bonds that go back many years.

“These are two teams that are going to enjoy a good battle, that’s for sure.”

Dan Clark edges closer to securing the all-time Men’s record of 117 caps for Great Britain – a landmark which he is on course to reach at EuroBasket 2022 – whereas the inclusions of Myles Hesson, Ben Mockford and Gabe Olaseni sees the trio edge closer to their own half-centuries of caps for the team.

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