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With a busy few months ahead, the Senior Men National Team are in a good place
May 3, 2018, 10:32 am

In April, the Senior Men National Team continued with their training and development with a 3-day camp held at Cardiff Met University, home of the Cardiff Met Archers.

 

Head Coach James Bamfield said:

“After a fantastic Christmas camp which saw the side beat NBL Div 2 side Thames Valley Cavaliers, enthusiasm was high and with a growing belief in our philosophy, serious strides are being made on court. Everyone in the group put a lot of work in early to ensure we had a great culture of relentless development. More recently we have started to put more emphasis on the standards we need to uphold to compete at the highest level, as I discussed after the Celtic Clash held in Scotland last year, we weren’t prepared to compete, but if we can implement the standards we have been discussing we will be a tough team to play against going forward. To then get within 20 point of Bristol Flyers pre-season and then to make a 60-point against Thames Valley shows the type of progress we are making.”

 

Match Report

Wales 78 vs 76 Thames Valley Cavaliers

James Dawe 29pts

Lewis Tucker 12pts

Tom Nightingale 10pts

 

"A shaky start allowed the Cavs to jump out to a 9-2 start and some may have suspected another demolition job was in the offing. However, after a timeout to calm the jitters, Wales responded well led by captain fantastic James Dawe. The introduction of Cardiff City’s dynamic back court of Zak Mohamed and Lewis Tucker really brought the game to life and although the NT trailed there was a sense that it was game on. Dawe landed another eight points while all ten players made telling contributions for Wales and by the half time interval the score was all tied at 38.

 

Thames Valley looked to respond after the interval, flying high in NBL D2 and having lost out to D1 Hemel in the National Cup by just one basket they were confident in their ability. Sure, enough they upped the intensity on defence and were able to convert this into fast break opportunities as they threatened to blow the game open. Jamie Rodwell had other ideas and answered with a face line dunk and 2 more baskets to leave the gap at 8 going into the 4th.

 

Cavs lead grew further to eleven but after an early timeout the high scoring duo of James Dawe (13in 4th) and Lewis Tucker (7 in 4th) showed fantastic potential as they rattled off 20 points between them. Tucker who is averaging 30 points per game in D3 landed a huge three from the corner to take a two-point advantage with 14 seconds to play. TVC’s Banks Jr. responded with a jumper to tie the game with 4 seconds to play but as Dawe advanced up court Cavs reached in and fouled with .5 to play. Dawe calmly stepped up and knocked in the clutch FTs to seal a moral boosting victory.”

 

Last season’s focus was on talent ID and development, but this year we have starting to implement standards to raise performance. I expected an improved performance against Thames Valley and hoped for some vindication for our approach but was absolutely delighted to get a win. The individual growth in guys like Alex Koukouravas and Ashton Allen is nothing short of phenomenal and with Lewis Tucker and James Dawe scoring freely within our system we look capable of 80 plus points. Captain James Dawe was amazing, he had a bit of a disrupted year during my first year as Head Coach due to injury; but has now settled in and his leadership made a huge difference. I’m looking forward to seeing his growth in that role.”

 

The year ahead...

Andrew Purnell, lead assistant said “The players have really bought in to our belief regarding player development. When the current coaching team took over, we had only a handful of guys playing National League and only Jamie Rodwell playing at the highest level. When you look at the squad now, nearly everyone is playing NBL D3 or above. It’s exciting to now start to attract in other guys playing at those levels such as Jonny Hall who plays for Ipswich in D2, a legit 7ft who will be going to Colorado on a scholarship, and Jack Preston from Northumbria in D1.”

 

James Bamfield added, “I am delighted with the talent in our squad. We now 25 guys who are committed to the programme and regularly attend camps. We continue to evaluate talent and to create a high-performance environment. We are all working diligently to improve everything we are doing, improving our fundamentals, how we handle pressure, how we space the floor, our decision making in pick and rolls, our use of the post and our defensive schemes.

 

It’s a really exciting year with a clear schedule starting to take shape. We will host a USA select team, travel to the World Club Basketball Tournament, face a couple of BBL sides and then hopefully the Celtic Clash.

 

After giving the players a short break at the end of a long season national league, the senior men will be holding camps in June, July and August in preparation.

 

Wales Senior Men National Team Long List

 

Point Guards

Alex Koukaravis, Surrey BUCS

Danny Walsh, Chester D3

Zak Mohammed, Cardiff City D3

Asa Waite, Cardiff Met D3

Connor Easter, Worcester Uni BUCS

 

Wings

James Dawe, Cardiff Met D3

Keiran Horrigan, Cardiff Met D3

Lewis Tucker, Cardiff City D3

Jonathan Thorne, Cardiff City D3

Joe Parkinson, Sefton D4

Neal Allen, Liverpool D2

Jack Preston, Northumbria D1

Sam Roberts, Free agent

Phil Warren, RCT Gladiators D4

Nico Pele Wilson, Worcester Uni BUCS

James Lloyd, USA

Connor Hetherton, Worcester Uni BUCS

 

Forwards

Gareth Williams, Cardiff Met D3

Eddie Kizito, Cardiff Met D3

Mathew Broderick, Free agent

Patrick Licosso, Cardiff City D3

Jonny Hall, Ipswich D2

Jamie Rodwell, Essex Leopards D2

Ashton Allen, Cardiff City

Tom Nightingale, Free agent

Jamie Cameron, Brunell BUCS

 

Do you play senior basketball? Do you think that this is something that you’d be interested in?

If you qualify to play for Wales either through birth, parentage or residency please contact communications@basketballwales.com


Easter training camp for the U23 men
Apr 11, 2018, 8:03 am

 The U23 men continued their preparations for a summer of internationals with an evaluation and training camp.

 

Hosted by the University of Worcester, Alex Radu of the Worcester Wolves and Basketball Wales, the camp was designed to evaluate the progress of the squad since the last camp held in London.

 

Thanks to the outstanding facilities on offer, the squad was able to make use of on-court facilities as well as classroom spaces. Coach Diccon Lloyd-Smeath was extremely grateful for the opportunity and said after the camp:

 

“After our last camp in London, we were very grateful to London Thunder for the opportunity to play games and look at some different players. This was very much the case again. I can’t thank Alex Radu and the Worcester programme enough. Thanks to the of availability and flexibility of court space and classrooms, we were able to get a lot done and learn a lot more in two days than we would normally expect.

 

We came into camp with a squad of 20 guys, including some younger players from the Futures Programme that we hadn’t seen before and some returning senior players. The camp gave me and the rest of the coaching team the opportunity to put players into different situations and then evaluate them in games against different levels of opponents.

 

As a coaching team, we also learned a huge amount about where we are as squad, what has transferred, what has embedded and most importantly what we need to work on. We’ve collected a ton of extra information, seen some new players and spent some invaluable time together, and I can’t wait for the next one!”


U16 boys FIBA European Championship squad announcement
Apr 6, 2018, 12:37 pm
It is with immense pride the U16 boys' coaching team name the 12 young men that will represent Wales at the U16 FIBA European Championships Div C this July.
 
However before announcing the final squad, Head Coach Simon Fisher want to mention the 4 players that have been named as reserves:
 
"It was extremely tough to make a selection, which is credit to all of the players, so these young men deserve to be recognised. I know the selected players are thankful for how hard they've pushed them to achieve the levels they have, they will remain part of the 'family' and have our utmost respect".
 
The four reserves are:

Dylan Drew - Mold Magic
Benjamin Evans - Cardiff Met Archers
Charlie Molly - Mold Magic
Taliesin Remec - Swansea Storm

Simon went on to say:
 
"As a coaching team, we have selected a squad that combines a blend of experience, with young players making an impacting. The players come from 6 separate clubs, with the core coming from Vale Vipers, however Cardiff Met Archers, Cynfig Cougars, Pontypridd Panthers, Bristol Flyers and Manchester Magic are also represented.
 
The team will be jointly captained by returning players Ben Evans (Cynfig Cougars/Vale Vipers) and Luke Gordos (Manchester Magic) who have shown tremendous leadership over the camps and warm up games. I am extremely fortunate to be able to have both Nick O'Leary and Stefan Rosier as assistant coaches and Jon Bunyan as Team Manager. Coaching a national team is always an honour, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to led this group to San Marino".
 
This is what it means to the two co-captains:
 
Manchester Magic player Luke Gordos said:
 
"Last year I had the opportunity to represent Wales at the European Championships and that was a huge honour. To be selected again this year and to now have the opportunity to co-captain with Ben Evans, what we believe is a strong, hard working team, is amazing and to work with coaches that push us to our max everyday is what makes the team have huge amounts of confidence in each other and we all have gelled together. We believe that we have a very good chance of doing well and we are excited to compete at a very high standard. We will make Wales proud".

Ben Evans, who playes for both Vale Viper and Cynfig Cougars added:
 
"To be able to say I have captained my country in a FIBA tournament is a great honour. I’ve been in the programme since a very young age and have always worn the welsh jersey with pride! I’m so excited to lead a great group of boys and show everyone what Wales can do".
 
 
Summing up the journey so far, Simon Fisher continued:
 
"We have embedded a family philosophy into the squad. The players, parents and clubs have all contributed to help us improve on and off the court, however we all recognise the journey hasn't ended, we have much work to do before we open the tournament against Malta, which is why we will continue to improve in all aspects to ensure we can represent Wales to the best of our ability. It's been a fantastic journey, but I can promise the Welsh Basketball Community it isn't finished yet".
 
 
 

Basketball Wales scales new height with it’s newest national team recruit
Mar 15, 2018, 1:29 pm

 

Basketball Wales is always looking for talented players to join the ranks of its national teams. Therefore, they were delighted when Brandon Marshall, who lives and plays his basketball in Suffolk came along to trial for the new Futures Programme, a combined training squad for our U17, U18 and U20 men.

 

Nothing exceptional you might think - but Brandon is thought to be one of the tallest teenagers in the world, standing at a lofty 7ft 4in, perfect for basketball!

 

Cameron Seeley, Basketball Wales Performance Director said: “I am delighted that Brandon has recently joined the Basketball Wales Futures Programme. This new initiative has been designed to create a better pathway for our junior international players as they transition towards senior basketball.

 

Cameron added, “Brandon is the newest member of this dedicated training squad which consists of around 30 players from across Wales and further afield. We hope that all the squad members will continue to develop their game and one day represent Wales at a senior level”.

 

The Futures Programme has already had some early success. A 12-man squad recently went to Gibraltar to play their U18 side. Wales came home victorious, winning the two-match series 2-0.

 

The Futures Programme also has a new addition to its coaching team. Joining current Head Coach Alex Radu is new coach James Markham. He will be meeting up with the squad at the next training session in April.

 

If you would like more infomation about the Futures Programme or any of our other National Teams please contact Cameron Seeley, Performance Director cas@millfieldschool.com


The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League
Feb 21, 2018, 10:58 am

The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors

The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League) are currently looking to appoint to three voluntary Independent Director positions on the BBL Board.

 

For further information, including the full Role Description, please click here (link attached file)

 

http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=58256

 

Candidates should submit their CV, together with a covering letter expressing their rationale for their interest and any specific business and/or sport competencies that they could bring to the role. Submissions by post or email are acceptable and shouldbe sent to:

 

Andy Webb  - Chief Operating Officer
The Basketball League Ltd
Unit E3, Leicester Business Centre
111 Ross Walk
Leicester LE4 5HH

E-mailandy.webb@bbl.org.uk

 

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 9 March 2018.

 

The Basketball League Limited is fully committed to the principles oequality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring thatno applicants, staff (paid or unpaid), workers, office holders, volunteers, oparticipants (together "Stakeholders") are unlawfullydiscriminated against on the grounds of agedisability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy andmaternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the "Protected Characteristics").

 

The Board of Basketball League Limited have adopted a target of maintaining a minimum of 30% of each gender on its Board anto progress towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generallon the Board, including, but not limited to,Black, Asianminority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability 

Applications are therefore particularly welcomed from females, people with disabilities and BAME groups as they are all currently under represented within the sport.

 

Following a recent skills audit of the Board applications from candidates with significant commercial/sponsorship and/or finance backgrounds would be welcomed.


Applicants will be required to meet a ‘fit and proper person test’ prior to appointment.


Former Wales International Player Wayne Ferguson has passed away
Jan 17, 2018, 11:11 am

 

 

Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Wayne Ferguson, aged 53.

 

Wayne who was born in Newport in November 1965 moved to Canada at an early age with his family where he played college basketball at the University of Carleton in Ottawa. 

 

Wayne played four seasons for the Ravens as a bruising power forward where he patrolled the area inside the paint, ’Wayne was a second team OUA All Star in 1991-92 and was a member of the 1988 OUA East Championship team that participated in the National Championships in Halifax.



After finishing university in Canada, Wayne returned to Wales where he played for the Cardiff Heat. Wayne was a member of the Cardiff Bay Heat team that participated in the early qualification rounds of the 1994 FIBA European Radivoj Korac Cup. 

 

http://www.fibaeurope.com/compID_MsfTeemRHYovSUdkYV76x0.season_1994.roundID_1161.teamID_2463.html

 

Tony Hinchey, a former team mate of Wayne's at the Heat said "he was a tenacious player who was loved and respected by his team mates and opponents. He was considerate, funny, kind loving and a strong person. The world will be a sadder place without him"

 

Wayne’s Funeral service will take place on Wednesday 24th January 2:30pm at Tovey Brothers Funeral Home, 9-11 Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 2EH 

 

http://www.toveybros.co.uk/


Welsh National Schools Basketball Tournament 2017/18
Dec 21, 2017, 8:18 pm

Entries for the 2017/18 Welsh schools basketball tournament is now open! 

 

To enter your school please complete the application form and return to Gavin Lewis by email gjlewis_4@hotmail.com before Friday 19 January 2018.

 

Once we have all the entries in, we will email more details about the format of the competition.

 

Some key dates to help you plan...

 

The South Wales semi finals will take place on Tuesday 27 February at Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP from 9.00am - 5.30am

 

Schools in North Wales will need to play their matches by Friday 2 March 2018.

 

The National Schools Finals will take place on Saturday 17 March at House of Sport, Cardiff  9.00am - 6.00pm. 

 

If you need any further infomation, please contact Gavin Lewis on 07968 531437 or gjlewis_4@hotmail.com

 

National Schools Basketball Tournament Application Form


Basketball Wales saddened to hear of the passing of Ellis Jones
Nov 23, 2017, 9:11 pm

Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Ellis Jones. Ellis gained numerous caps for Wales and played his club basketball in the Newport area. Ellis is pictured above in the white jacket receiving an award for his services to Welsh Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Europe General Assembly, which took place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. 

 

The Funeral takes place on Friday 24 November 11.30 am at the Holy Trinity Church Newport NP18 1JJ followed by service at Langston Crematorium and reception at Llanwern Golf Club.

 

Basketball Wales sends its condolences to the family, friends and former team mates of Ellis at the difficult time.


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