Washington and Martin set for British Basketball debuts

Washington and Martin set for British Basketball debuts
By Sportsbeat

12/02/2019 at 19:34

Conner Washington and Ryan Martin are set to make their debuts for Great Britain Basketball after being called up for the first time.

Head coach Alberto Lorenzo has named his roster for EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifying encounters at home to Cyprus and away to Austria later this month.

Washington plays for Leicester Riders in the British Basketball League while Martin represents Bakken Bears in Denmark.

Lorenzo said: "I want to offer my congratulations to both Conner and Ryan for working hard and earning their places in this team.

"I'm sure they will make the most of the opportunity alongside some of the more experienced players. Hopefully they can both make an impact during this window and become long term additions to our plans."

Great Britain need two wins to advance to the qualifying stages, otherwise they face a third and final pre-qualifying route this summer.

They will be looking to do the double over Cyprus at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, Manchester, after defeating them 75-61 in Nicosia in December.

Myles Hesson scored 18 points when they faced the Austrians in November but they lost out at home 96-82.

Lorenzo said: "I am pleased to be able to name such an exciting roster of players and I'm looking forward to getting into camp and working with this group ahead of the games against Cyprus and Austria.

"We know the task ahead of us, what we need to do, and now we have to make sure we execute. It's going to be an important window for us but I believe we have what it takes to qualify from our group."

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