About Author

About

Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

Meet the Team – Irish u20 Men

Name: Jordan Blount
School: UIC
Position: SG/SF

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Meet the Team: Ireland u20 Women

The Irish u20 women are off to Montenegro for the European championships! We decided to get to know the squad a little better in advance of the tournament where they are in a group with Slovenia and the home nation Montenegro.

Make sure and checkout our Podcast interview with head coach Emer Foley and co-captain Aoife Whelan here.

Details on all of their games are in the Basketball Ireland Gamezone here.

TCC Podcast Ep8: FIBA Small Countries Review, Jason Kennedy on Irish Wheelchair Basketball & Kevin Durant

With the FIBA Small Countries just over Niall and Andy take a look back at the tournaments and review Ireland’s performances. Were the tournaments a success and what is next for the international programmes?

We talk to Jason Kennedy, head coach of the Irish Wheelchair Basketball team, who are headed to their European Championships in Bosnia this Friday and also have details on how you can get your hands on a limited edition TCC reversible basketball jersey!

And of course with the week that is in it we talk Kevin Durant, NBA free agency and just what it means for next season in the NBA.

TCC Podcast Ep 7: Euro Small Countries, Plus Emer Foley & Aoife Whelan from Irish u20s

In the latest podcast Niall & Andy review how the Irish men and women have performed in the FIBA European Small Countries so far and preview the semi final match ups. We also talk to Irish u20 women head coach Emer Foley and player Aoife Whelan ahead of the European u20 championships next week in Montenegro.

And we wrap things up with some chat on the NBA Free agency speculation.

Subrscirbe and review on iTunes if you love us or even if you don’t! 😉

Ultimate Guide to the Basketball Euros! (For Irish Fans!)

A busy summer is ahead with 8 Irish international teams competing in European Competitions. Levels of coverage will differ from competition to competition but we aim to try and help keep you as up to date as possible with all the action across the continent. We recommend you bookmark this page and check in regularly as content will change and update in advance of each team setting off to try and fulfil their European dreams!

TCC Podcast Ep 6: Paul Dick & Puff Summers talk senior men at the Euros with NBA chat from Andy

We sit down with senior men standout Paul Dick and assistant coach Puff Summers to talk about the European Championships for Small Nations which start net week. Are Ireland ready to compete for a gold medal?

We also discuss the current state of Irish basketball, what Colin O’Reilly leaving for BBL means and take a look ahead to NBA free agency in the wake of the NBA finals.

TCC Podcast Ep 5: Mark Scannell, Grainne Dwyer, Irish u18s and Game 5 Preview.

In episode 5 we focus on the Irish senior women’s basketball team ahead of the European Small Nation Championships in a couple of weeks. We discuss preparation and  expectations with head coach Mark Scannell and chat to Grainne Dwyer about how the important the tournament is to her as well as finding out if she’d rather be an Obama or a Kardashian!

We discuss the excellent recent performances by the Irish u18 women and of course the NBA finals with a look ahead to game 5 and the effect of Draymond Green’s suspension. Also we answer a listener’s questions as Emmett Harkin got in touch through Facebook.

TCC Podcast Ep 4: Finals over? And which Irish ballers are punching?

Niall and Andy discuss games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals, Mike Calo checks in from Ohio and Gareth Shortt is back with his ‘Muse of the week’ asking the question of which Irish basketlallers are ‘punching’? We also take a quick look at TheRinger.com and look ahead to game 3 tonight. 

TCC Podcast: Episode 3; Keys to the Finals, Hair and Gareth’s Muse of the Week!

Episode 3 of the Podcast is here and finally have audio that doesn’t sound like it’s coming from inside of a beer can! Niall and Andy joined by special guest Gareth Shortt to preview the NBA Finals before the conversation wanders to hair, strange injuries and Gareth’s muse of the week!

Also make sure and stay tuned for a special contribution from TCC regular Mike Calo, coming to us live from Paris!