• Israel locks down ultra-Orthodox city hit hard by coronavirus

    Israel locks down ultra-Orthodox city hit hard by coronavirus
    One health care expert has told the Israeli Parliament he believed almost 40 percent of Bnei Brak's residents could be infected.
  • Non-elite basketball aims for January return following Commons vote

    Non-elite basketball aims for January return following Commons vote
    Basketball in England is preparing for a return to indoor training and competitive basketball across certain government tiers following a House of Commons vote last night.
    Whilst the BBL, WBBL, NBL D1 and WNBL D1 have continued through the COVID-19 lockdown under an elite sport exemption, junior basketball league competitions are aiming to return at the end of January or start of February, whilst the governing body is urging all local league partners to consider a January restart for their junio
  • GB Senior Men keep EuroBasket 2022 hopes alive with win over Montenegro

    Great Britain’s Senior Men bounced back from a tough loss against France by overcoming Montenegro for a 74-49 victory in Pau, on Sunday evening.
    They now control their own fate by taking the head-to-head having lost by seven points in the first meeting with both sides 2-2 heading into the February window.
    [email protected] was on FIRE in the first half with 18 points on 8/12 shooting for @gbbasketball vs Montenegro! 🔥🇬🇧🏀#BritishBasketball🎥: @LiveBballTV pi
  • Kareem Queeley to earn first GB Senior cap vs Montenegro

    Kareem Queeley to earn first GB Senior cap vs Montenegro
    2001 born Kareem Queeley is set to earn his first Great Britain Senior Men’s cap later today, as he has been included in Marc Steutel’s 12-man squad against Montenegro.Queeley, who plays for San Pablo Burgos in Spain’s ACB, is a late inclusion to replace Newcastle Eagles’ Ref Pflueger in the squad, who played 3 minutes in GB’s tough 79-56 loss to France on Friday night.The squad’s chances of EuroBasket 2022 qualification took a hit on Friday night and a loss a
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  • Ryan Richards returns for third spell with Surrey Scorchers

    Ryan Richards returns for third spell with Surrey Scorchers
    Ryan Richards is returning for another spell in the BBL after signing a season-long deal with Surrey Scorchers.
    The GB forward started the season in Belgium with Phoenix Brussels, but has now signed up for his third spell with Surrey having most recently played with Plymouth Raiders last season. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Ryan Richards (@original_geeza)
    Richards has only previously had short-term deals with the Scorchers, but has now agreed to play for the remainder of the 2020-
  • GB Senior Men locked down by France

    GB Senior Men locked down by France
    Great Britain’s Senior Men suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of France as they went down 79-56 in Pau, on Friday evening.
    Marc Steutel’s side conceded the first 15 points of the game and never recovered as they dropped to 1-2 in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers.
    France finished third at the 2019 World Cup, and even with only three players from the bronze-medal winning squad, their strength in depth proved too much for GB to handle.
    Steutel said: “I was really disappointed
  • BBL launches centralised streaming platform ‘BBL Player’

    BBL launches centralised streaming platform ‘BBL Player’
    The BBL have launched their own centralised streaming platform in an attempt to increase revenues amidst a COVID-19 impacted season currently without fans.
    ‘BBL Player’ has two pricing options, a monthly club pass for £19.99 a month, or an individual game pass for £4.99, however, both Bristol Flyers (who have their own paywalled service, Flyers TV) and Worcester Wolves (who will be streaming free on YouTube), have opted out of the service and will not be included as part
  • Big window for GB Senior Men with chance to boost qualifying hopes

    Big window for GB Senior Men with chance to boost qualifying hopes
    Great Britain’s Senior Men are back in action for the first time since beating Germany back in the February window of the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers.
    Marc Steutel is acting head-coach once more in the absence of Nate Reinking with GB facing a testing double-header against France and Montenegro.
    GB have a 1-1 record with four games left and need to finish above at least one of those opponents with Germany already qualifying as one of the four co-hosts.
    Watch today’s game LIVE, he
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  • LIVE STREAM: GB Senior Men vs France (5pm)

    LIVE STREAM: GB Senior Men vs France (5pm)
    Watch the Great Britain Senior Men in action as they take on France as part of their quest for EuroBasket 2022 qualification at 5pm from the FIBA bubble in Pau, France.
    Head Coach Marc Steutel has named his 12 man squad, with Newcastle Eagles’ Ref Pflueger set to make his debut.
    Stay tuned to Hoopsfix on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates.
    The post LIVE STREAM: GB Senior Men vs France (5pm) appeared first on Hoopsfix.com.
  • Steutel names GB Senior Men’s final 12 ahead of France match-up

    Steutel names GB Senior Men’s final 12 ahead of France match-up
    Head Coach Marc Steutel has named his final 12-man squad for Great Britain’s EuroBasket 2022 qualifier against France on Friday night.
    It will be a debut for Newcastle Eagles’ Rex Pflueger, whilst youngsters Cameron Hildreth and Kareem Queeley are the two to miss out from the 14-man training camp squad.
    “We’re excited and the guys are ready to play,” Steutel told GB.basketball.
    “We’ve been going against each other for a few days now and it’s at the
  • Leicester Riders pick up Ali Fraser to heal injury blows

    Leicester Riders pick up Ali Fraser to heal injury blows
    Leicester Riders have moved to sign GB forward Ali Fraser after season-ending injuries to Mo Walker and Raheem May-Thompson.
    The 28-year-old spent the past three seasons with Glasgow Rocks before leaving to join French NM1 side Avignon alongside departing head coach Vincent Lavandier.
    However, with uncertainty around the league due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fraser will be making a return to the BBL and set to make his debut in league action next week.
    “I’m happy to have the opport
  • Luol Deng to coach South Sudan in AfroBasket qualifiers

    Luol Deng to coach South Sudan in AfroBasket qualifiers
    Former Great Britain and Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng will take the reins of the South Sudan national team at the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in the Rwandan Capital from November 25-29.
    Deng, who is also the president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF), takes the helm assisted by his brother Ajou, after he and former GB Senior Men’s assistant Lloyd Gardner coached the side through the Pre-Qualifiers in Yaounde, Cameroon last month.
    Despite not qualifying, they were given a
  • From Hackney to lockdown defender in the ACC – with Olu Babalola – Ep. 82

    From Hackney to lockdown defender in the ACC – with Olu Babalola – Ep. 82
    For Episode 82 of the Hoopsfix Podcast we sit down with former GB Senior international and more than decade-long pro Olu Babalola.
    Olu, who retired in 2016, is one of the most physically dominant and talented junior players to come out of the UK, coming through the great late Joe White’s programme before having an esteemed high school career at St Augustine’s Prep where he made multiple All-State teams whilst winning State titles, and scoring more than 1000 points.He was recruited he
  • British basketball players in US colleges – 2020-21 season

    British basketball players in US colleges – 2020-21 season
    The 2020-21 college basketball season is going to look very different to years past, as many programmes and conferences look to deal with fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Despite the season being delayed for many – and for some, completely cancelled (see – the Ivy League which features Brit Tosan Evbuomwan) – as is now customary, it is time to take a look at all the Brits who have crossed the pond to hoop this season in the US education system.
    A number of players are back
  • GB confirm 14-man travelling squad to France

    GB confirm 14-man travelling squad to France
    GB have confirmed the 14 players in the Senior Men’s squad that have travelled to Pau, France for the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers this weekend.
    Cameron Hildreth, Rex Pflueger and Kareem Queeley are in line to make their GB Senior debuts, though only 12 players able to suit up for the individual games against France and Montenegro.
    Co-captain Myles Hesson is selected after overcoming a thumb injury on club duty in France, while there is no place for Ovie Soko, who is unavailable.
    Akwasi
  • Maurice Watkins steps down as Chair of BBF

    Maurice Watkins steps down as Chair of BBF
    British Basketball Federation (BBF) Chairman Maurice Watkins announced today he is stepping down after two years in the position.
    The 79 year old Watkins, CBE, was asked to take on the chairmanship – a voluntary position – in 2018 and has overseen a tumultuous time for the British basketball programme, without any full time staff as they have struggled through funding issues, along with alleged internal conflict with the individual home nations about the BBF’s role.
    Despite tha
  • Devon Van Oostrum signs short-term deal to return to Huesca

    Devon Van Oostrum signs short-term deal to return to Huesca
    Devon Van Oostrum has signed a short-term deal to return to Spanish side Huesca as the domestic league in the Netherlands is currently suspended.
    The 27-year-old stayed with his older brother, Nigel Van Oostrum as the duo re-signed with Landstede Hammers for the 2020-21 campaign, but have not played since mid-October. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Devon van Oostrum (@devonvanoostrum)
    Van Oostrum will join Huesca in LEB Gold for a four-week period before the expected resumption of t
  • BBL Power Rankings 2020-21 – Week 3

    BBL Power Rankings 2020-21 – Week 3
    The busiest week of the season so far saw 10 games take place across six days as the BBL Cup group phase continued.
    Manchester Giants and Glasgow Rocks are the only unbeaten teams remaining and are two of five teams already qualified for the quarter-finals in the Cup.
    Latest results: BBL Cup – (Group 1) Raiders 65-78 Flyers, Scorchers 73-84 Raiders, Flyers 64-69 Wolves, Raiders 98-62 Scorchers; (Group 2) Giants 106-64 Phoenix, Phoenix 73-86 Rocks; (Group 3) Eagles 97-87 Sharks, Sharks 64-8
  • 2K to fund court refurb in conjunction with City of Birmingham Rockets

    2K to fund court refurb in conjunction with City of Birmingham Rockets
    2K and the City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club have announced that 2K Foundations funding will be issued to the club to rejuvenate its current facilities and offer more community programmes in 2021.The basketball club’s venue at Nechells Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham will undergo a full refurb, with two improved training courts, a show court enabling the club to host home games with a full audience, improved lighting facilities, new hoops and scoreboards.The funding will also deliv
  • Who can still advance in the 2020-21 BBL Cup?

    Who can still advance in the 2020-21 BBL Cup?
    Manchester Giants became the first side to book their spot in the last eight of the 2020-21 BBL Cup on Wednesday with five spots still up for grabs.
    The bottom side in each of the three groups will be eliminated at the end of the group phase to leave the remaining eight teams heading into the quarter-finals, with Plymouth Raiders and Surrey Scorchers also assured of their places.
    Here’s a run-through of the three groups and what could happen over the closing weekends:
    Group 1
    [Q] Plymouth
  • Tarik Phillip returns to Tofas after Jerusalem departure

    Tarik Phillip returns to Tofas after Jerusalem departure
    Tarik Phillip has re-joined Tofas in Turkey after recently parting ways with Hapoel Jerusalem.
    The GB Senior guard will continue playing in the Basketball Champions League having averaged 13.0 points per game in two appearances for the Israeli side. View this post on InstagramA post shared by TARIK PHILLIP (@t_r.e.x)
    Phillip is part of the 24-man initial squad for GB’s upcoming EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers against France and Montenegro and could add to his six Senior caps, to date.
    The 27-ye
  • Basketball receives £4million as part of government ‘Sport Winter Survival Package’

    Basketball receives £4million as part of government ‘Sport Winter Survival Package’
    The BBL, WBBL, and Basketball England will receive £4million to protect their immediate futures over the winter period as part of the government’s £300million ‘Sports Winter Survival Package’ announced today.
    The national governing body’s NBL clubs will receive a quarter of that sum, with the other £3million going to the BBL and WBBL clubs. It is believed the amount is equal to what the sport requested as part of their own submission.
    Full details on how
  • Growing a club from the bottom up – with James Merchant – Ep. 81

    Growing a club from the bottom up – with James Merchant – Ep. 81
    In Episode 81 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with James Merchant, founder and director of the Richmond Knights.
    Founded in 2009, the Knights have taken a steady, sustainable approach to growth, starting with taster sessions in schools, working their way up from friendly games to central venue league (CVL) competitions, and not entering their first team into national league until four years later.
    Now, 11 years later, the programme boasts over 1000 participants across 32 different primary s
  • Bristol Flyers sign GB guard Teddy Okereafor on short-term deal

    Bristol Flyers sign GB guard Teddy Okereafor on short-term deal
    Teddy Okereafor has signed with Bristol Flyers on a short-term deal to play in the BBL for the first time.
    The GB Senior guard had been without a club for the start of the 2020-21 campaign having previously played in Greece.
    As if he needs any introduction… 🤯
    Welcome to #BristolFlyers, Teddy Okereafor! pic.twitter.com/LN5ihP1tRw
    — Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) November 17, 2020
    Okereafor gives the Flyers a welcome boost after the club announced that Josh Wilcher would be o
  • BBL Power Rankings 2020-21 – Week 2

    BBL Power Rankings 2020-21 – Week 2
    A full weekend schedule completed and each of the 11 sides have now all played at least one official game this season.
    Three weekends in the books and only Plymouth, Manchester and Glasgow are yet to suffer defeat, but there’s still a lot of figuring out to do over the coming weeks.
    Latest results: BBL Cup – (Group 1) Flyers 54-69 Raiders, Wolves 86-85 Scorchers, Raiders 96-60 Wolves; (Group 2) Rocks 93-63 Phoenix; (Group 3) Lions 88-73 Sharks, Eagles 82-88 Riders, Riders 97-76 Lions
  • Sam Alajiki (’02 born) signs to Cal

    Sam Alajiki (’02 born) signs to Cal
    Former Kent Crusader Sam Alajiki (2002 born) has signed with NCAA Division 1 school University of California Berkeley for the 2021-22 season.The 6’7″ small forward, who started playing with the Kent Crusaders at 12 after moving to England from Ireland, left Barking Abbey mid-season last year to join Beckley Prep in the US for the 2019-20 season, before joining St Benedicts Prep in Newark this season.
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  • Ethan Price (’01 born) commits to Eastern Washington

    Ethan Price (’01 born) commits to Eastern Washington
    Ipswich and GB Under-18 forward Ethan Price has committed to NCAA Division 1 school EasternWashington University for the 2021-22 season.
    The 6’10” 2001 born big man, who is suiting up for Essex Rebels in NBL Division 1 this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, is back-to-back EABL MVP, averaging 23.5 points (2nd), 12.4 rebounds (3rd) and 2.7 blocks (2nd) with an efficiency of 28.7 (1st) last season.
    “I am excited to finally announce my commitment to Eastern Washington Univer
  • Cam Hildreth, Rex Pflueger earn first call-ups as GB Senior Men name initial 24

    Cam Hildreth, Rex Pflueger earn first call-ups as GB Senior Men name initial 24
    24 players have been called up to the initial Great Britain Senior Men’s squad ahead of the upcoming EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers later this month.
    Wake Forest commit Cameron Hildreth has earned a first call-up to the Senior side having continued his impressive form with Worthing Thunder in NBL D1 this season, while Newcastle Eagles’ Rex Pflueger is also in line for a Senior debut.
    Ben Lawson and Kareem Queeley also await Senior bows with Kavell Bigby-Williams and Akwasi Yeboah, playin
  • Luke Nelson comes up clutch in big performance for BG Göttingen

    Luke Nelson comes up clutch in big performance for BG Göttingen
    GB guard Luke Nelson put in his early contender for performance of the season on Saturday night, coming up huge down the stretch along with a near double-double.
    [email protected]_6 comes up BIG with the late go-ahead three on his way to 21 points and 9 assists last night for @BGGoettingen in Germany! ⌚️🇬🇧🏀#BritishBasketball pic.twitter.com/emdyysyw16
    — Hoopsfix 🇬🇧🏀 (@Hoopsfix) November 15, 2020
    With his side BG Göttingen trai
  • DeAndre Liggins knocks down 7 threes on his way to 32 points!

    DeAndre Liggins knocks down 7 threes on his way to 32 points!
    Former NBA player DeAndre Liggins caught fire on Friday, knocking down 7 threes on his way to a 32 point outing to lead London past Sheffield in the BBL Cup – breaking their 0-2 start.
    The post DeAndre Liggins knocks down 7 threes on his way to 32 points! appeared first on Hoopsfix.com.

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