British Basketball's National Teams Director Warwick Cann says he is optimistic after encouraging draws for Standard Life GB Teams in the Women's Eurobasket qualifiers and the European Youth Championships.
Today marks the start of the Great Britain countdown for EuroBasket 2015 with the official 2014 qualifier group draw in Munich, Germany. This coincided with the draws for the FIBA Europe Youth Championships where both GB U20 teams confirmed their 2014 opposition.
Ahead of tomorrow's (Sunday, Dec 1) draws in Munich, Germany, the host cities for nearly all of the 2014 European youth championships have now been released with Great Britain, England, Scotland and Wales aware of where they will compete next summer. Following the draws they will learn more about who they will compete against and will begin planning for their respective competitions.
British Basketball Performance Chairman, Roger Moreland believes the experience gained by some of the country's best young players at EuroBasket can be a huge factor in Great Britain's long-term target of being consistently in the medal zone at major championships within the next ten years.
The Standard Life GB under-20 women won two of their eight games at the FIBA Under-20 European Championships in Bulgaria and despite being disappointed with the overall result, head coach, Matt Johnson was impressed with the way his side pulled together for the end of the competition.
In a roundup of the weekend action for GB's Women, we start with Temi Fagbenle who had two great performances, one win and one loss, over the weekend. On Saturday her NCAA Division 1 side Harvard, were up against Long Beach State 49ers where she went head-to-head with fellow GB player Ella Clark.
In our regular report card, we follow the progress of more of the players who will be looking to make the Standard Life GB squad for next summer's EuroBasket qualifiers. Here is a summary of some of the highlights from the weekend games.
GB Standard Life players Devon van Oostrum and Jo Leedham are being considered for the most prestigious individual honours in European Basketball, as FIBA Europe announces the nominees for its annual Player of the Year awards for 2013.