Strong WBBL presence in GB U20 Squad

British Basketball have confirmed the roster for the FIBA’s U20 Women’s Championships, taking place next month in Oradea, Romania.

Coached by Manchester Mystics Head Coach Jeff Jones, the fifteen names met in Manchester on Friday for the opening day of camp. Jones is backed up by Leicester Riders coach Krumesh Patel, Natalie Challonor and Great Britain international Dominique Allen, who will act as team manager.

Just one member of the roster was seen in the 12 which finished eighth place in Eilat last summer, former Barking Abbey Lion Chloe Gaynor who can now be seen at Long Beach State University.

Four current players of the club make the move to this age group – Loren Christie, Flora Durgerian, Megan Sheret and Zoe Willis. Fellow WBBL products Tia Freeman and Hannah Robb represent Oaklands Wolves and Caledonia Pride.

Three members of Great Britain’s U18 women’s teams move up into this age group – Durgerian, Dani Lozzi once of Oaklands Wolves as well as Lancashire Spinners’ Shauna Harrison.

Lozzi will be at Lynn University in the US next season and there is more US-based talent to be seen, with Abby Lowe, Irekpitan Ozzy Momodu, Anna Popovic and Savannah Wilkinson.

The 15 will become 12 before the opening game against Israel on Saturday July 7th. Group games follow against hosts Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine and Greece before the classification stages begin.

The tournament kicks off another summer of junior international basketball, with all six men’s and women’s teams from U16 to U20 level competing for honours across the continent.

Every game will be streamed live across British Basketball’s pages on Facebook and YouTube.

GREAT BRITAIN TRAINING CAMP FOR FIBA U20 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Loren Christie Barking Abbey Lions, WBBL
Flora Durgerian Barking Abbey Lions, WBBL
Tia Freeman Oaklands Wolves, WBBL
Chloe Gaynor Long Beach State University
Shauna Harrison Lancashire Spinners
Abby Lowe San Diego State University
Daniela Lozzi Lynn University
Irekpitan Ozzy Momodu Robert Morris University
Anna Popovic Elon University
Hannah Robb Caledonia Pride, WBBL
Sarah Round Leicester Riders, WBBL
Megan Sheret Barking Abbey Lions, WBBL
Savannah Wilkinson Florida State University
Zoe Willis Barking Abbey Lions, WBBL

Head Coach: Jeff Jones
Assistant Coach: Krumesh Patel
Assistant Coach: Natalie Challonor
Sports Therapist: Ellen Cook
Team Manager: Dominique Allen

GREAT BRITAIN GROUP GAMES (All times in BST)

Saturday July 7th
Israel v Great Britain 1pm
Sunday July 8th Great Britain v Romania 5.30pm
Monday July 9th Lithuania v Great Britain 3.15pm
Wednesday July 11th Great Britain v Ukraine 3.15pm
Thursday July 12th
Greece v Great Britain 1pm