SENIOR MEN'S COACHES WORK OUT WITH 2020 GENERATION
1 August 2013 13:39
By British Basketball
Standard Life GB senior men's head coach, Joe Prunty and assistant coaches Guy Goodes, Nate Reinking and Kwame Graves have spent the last two days coaching the GB Futures programme at the University of East London.
The training sessions aimed to provide home based GB Futures players with the chance to meet the senior coaches and gain an insight into the senior team. It also offers the coaches the chance to look at the future talent coming through the GB programmes.
There were nine Futures players from England and Scotland who attended the sessions as part of the on-going GB Futures programme.
Prunty commented on his time with the Futures squad: "Prior to the senior men's training camp starting, these two days were a great chance to see GB's young talent in action.
"We have enjoyed working with these young players and may look to invite some of these Futures into senior camp this year to help their development and transition to senior international basketball. There have been Futures invited to senior camp every year for the past three years and last year Myles Hesson was the 14th man for the Olympic team which was fantastic. Our coaches are always looking for talented and committed players."
The GB Futures programme is a big part of British Basketball's Towards16 (T16), and now the extended Towards20 (T20) strategy. With the recent success of the Standard Life GB under-20 men and the England under-18 men, who will both now compete in Division A basketball, the T16 programme is well on the way to doing what it is designed to do and produce players who will play at senior level. It's a tribute to the work that England, Scotand and Wales are doing together to develop a really sound pathway to the top.
British Basketball's National Teams Director, Warwick Cann commented: "With the under-20 and under-18 men competing in Division A this provides a better quality of competition for all future under-16 and under-18 players to come. This will aid individual player and coach development enormously and is better for the senior GB players of the future.
"It is clear evidence that what we are doing with the pathway and the home countries is working as planned. I am very pleased with this result to date and these groups of players will provide a core group to put us in the medal zone in 2020.
"The current GB senior men's squad has eight graduates from Futures team included and this number will continue to grow as we introduce our most talented and committed next generation into the senior squads; building and replenishing retiring players has to be a part of what a leading nation does to stay competitive. We intend to be successful now and in the future."