After a successful season with her Harvard University side, the Crimson, Fagbenle is embarking on an intensive rehab schedule over the summer. Earlier this year she was named, unanimously, as Ivy League Rookie of the Year after she helped the Crimson finish the year unbeaten at home. She gained a total of eight awards across season, having twice been named player of the week along with six rookie of the week honours.
Fagbenle commented on her decision to withdraw due to injury: "I am so thankful for my experience last year and loved every second of the preparation with the team leading up to the Olympic Games. I cannot wait to represent GB again, but unfortunately I cannot be with the team this summer because of medical reasons.
"I am on an intensive rehab schedule for the next few months, and I aim to come back stronger and in less pain than I have been in the past. This was a difficult decision for me to make as I wanted nothing more than to represent GB again this summer, however, I believe I have made the right choice.
"I am very disappointed to miss out, but hopefully the work I put in these months will help to ensure my ability to play for the country in the future. I wish the girls all the luck for EuroBasket."
Scottish player, Erin McGarrahan has also been unable to join GB training camp after being named in the preliminary squad due to a significant injury which has restricted her from training along with fellow Scot, Mairi Buchan who is recovering from off-season surgery. Both girls are part of the new T16 (Towards 2016) generation of GB players.
British Basketball's National Team's Director, Warwick Cann commented: "Unfortunately injures always play their part in player unavailability at this level. We are disappointed to lose any player from our squad because we genuinely want to help with their development and progress to reaching their personal goal of playing for their country.
"On the other hand we have a good group currently in training who are relishing the programme. We aim to do well at EuroBasket and we are building our depth for the future."
Jo Leedham who was a standout player during the Olympic Games for GB was once again named in the 2013 preliminary roster but has yet to attend GB training camp as she is currently in WNBA trials with the Connecticut Sun. It is hoped Leedham, who has been in constant contact with players and coaching staff, will join the squad as soon as her future WNBA professional contract is resolved.
The Standard Life GB women's squad are currently in camp at Surrey Sports Park preparing for EuroBasket Women 2013 where GB will face Serbia, Latvia and hosts, France, from the 15-17 June 2013. GB's first home test ahead of EuroBasket comes this weekend when they play in the British Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013 presented by Standard Life at their training venue, Surrey Sports Park. GB takes on Israel, Germany and Greece from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May 2013. For tickets please visit: http://www.bbl.org.uk/index.php?id=386