GB have done remarkably well to climb the rankings in recent years and their latest position of 23rd in the world is enough to make them the third best team in Group A. However, rankings are never a clear indication of how events will unfold and Joe Prunty is missing several key players and will expect a tough ride in Slovenia. Here are their opponents..
Charles Smith admitted the decision to re-sign for the Newcastle Eagles was one of the easiest he has ever had to make and would love to end his career with the club.
There were offers from teams in France and Sweden but Smith insisted Newcastle was the only place he wanted to be.
“The club means everything to me I would do anything for the club. I’ve been here since the beginning it is part of my family now.”
Smith has enjoyed an illustrious career in the BBL having made his debut for Newcastle back in 1999. The 37 year-old has won 15 trophies with the Eagles in 11 seasons but for the second time in the last three years, failed to win anything last season.
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Birmingham Knights’ second import signing Armond Battle is excited about the challenge of helping the BBL new-boys in his first season as a pro.
The 23 year-old joins compatriot Brent Benson along with other confirmed signings Emile Hopkins, Ryan Lewis and brothers Michael and Martyn Gayle and is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I am very excited to start my professional career with the Birmingham Knights. The fact that they are a new team is intriguing and will be great experience that I am excited to be a part of.”
Battle added: “The Knights are giving me a chance to fulfill one of my life long dreams and I cant wait to contribute my skills to the team.”
Zamroz lays the ball in for the Riders. Image: Ville Vuorinen
Ryan Zamroz had an impressive season with Leicester Riders in 2010-11 and believes his time in the BBL was a good platform for bigger things in Europe.
The 26 year-old averaged 18.4 points per game with the Riders and has gone on to excel in spells in Sweden and France since.
“I enjoyed my time with Leicester. Although I had played a season in Australia, the UK was my first introduction to Pro basketball in Europe and helped establish my career here.
“The UK is a beautiful place with a lot to see and playing with Leicester allowed me to see and experience it. Not to mention meeting some great people there in Leicester as well!” Zamroz added.
Experienced GB international Nick George is providing a high-level fitness programme in order to share his professional knowledge with aspiring British athletes.
George said: “I want to develop British talent at all levels especially grass roots. The fitness side of our program is targeted towards athletes and people who are passionate about being in optimum shape.”
The 30 year-old has been pleased with how the NG Pro Performance workouts have begun and is looking to use his passion to take the programme forward.