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Jamie Vanderbeken
Jamie Vanderbeken
DOB23rd Aug 1987
BirthplaceOntario, Canada
Height2.06 m (6' 9")
PositionForward/Centre
ClubIowa State University, NCAA, USA
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A 6’11” Canadian-born forward, Vanderneken’s involvement with the GB programme got off to a frustrating start in the summer of 2009, before being cut short by injury when he broke his foot on the first day of training camp.

A player at Iowa State University in the United States, his mother Eleanor is Scottish and, therefore, has allowed Vanderbeken to take dual Canadian-British citizenship, a fact which brought him to the attention of GB coach Chris Finch, who extended an invitation to training camp for the Eurobasket roster in the summer of 2009.

Injury put paid to his chances of playing in 2009 although his development at college suggests he may well be back on the national team radar in coming summers.

A leading high school player in Canada, Vanderbeken originally signed for Iowa before transferring to Tyler Junior College in Texas. Having helped Tyler to a conference title and a top-ten national ranking, Vanderbeken was then rewarded with a scholarship at Iowa State where he featured in 31 games in the 2008-09 season, proving himself one of the team’s best bench players.

Vanderbeken also proved his versatility by leading the team in three-point shooting percentage (40.7%) and was named to the Big 12’s All-Newcomer Team in one poll.

Chris Finch says: “Jamie’s an extremely intriguing prospect, a big guy who can stretch the floor with his long-range shooting. We don’t have a lights-out shooter like that at the power forward position. He was unfortunate with his injury and I just hope we can bring him back in the future because we had to fight the Canadian national team to get him!”

 
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