Belfast Star’s Keelan Cairns and his former team-mate Paul Dick, most recently of Killester, both feature in coach Colin O’Reilly’s squad for the European Small Nations Championship, scheduled for this summer in Moldova.
Dermot Russell, a FIBA certified agent, is director and founder of both the North Atlantic Basketball Academy based in Dublin and Players 1st Sports Management. Dermot recently visited Rajnandgaon at the request of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). During the 3 days spent there, Dermot was able to check out the talented players in attendance and identified 14 exciting prospects to work within his consultancy’s development pathway. One of these players, a 6’11’’ 15 year old boy from Punjab state, has since been offered a full scholarship to the prestigious world class Spire Academy in Ohio, USA. In addition to these 14 players Dermot Identified 82 other boys and girls to offer international scholarship opportunities to.
Comparing players is pointless and impossible. How do you compare the effectiveness of a 7 foot center with a 5’8″ lightning quick point guard? How do you effectively rank a player playing in NCAA basketball vs one playing in the MPL? In saying that comparing and debating players is also pretty much one of the most fun basketball debates whether it be NBA legends or local league Irish ballers.
With the final Irish international squad due to depart for the Euro’s this week we talked to their head coach, Andy Gill, on his thoughts on the international programme and the upcoming European Championships.
One of the highlights of the Irish Selects recent trip to China was the standout play of Paul Dick. Although he only managed to play in 2 of the games due to a slight injury P-Dicky put on an impressive display. We caught up with him for a quick chat about the tournament and his plans for next season but first check out his China highlight reel:
The draw for the 2015-2016 FIBA EuropeCup was made today and Hibernia could scarcely have come out with a tougher draw. The yet-to-be-seen Irish side will face Czech side Nymburk, Danish team Bakken Bears and Tajfun Sentjur from Slovenia. The Czech and Slovenian sides are the defending champions of their domestic leagues, whilst the Danes were runners up, having won the previous season, and have won the title fourteen times.
Earlier this year, Basketball Ireland placed an advert on their website, seeking a coach to lead a squad at the Sino-European Men’s Basketball Championships to be held in Kunshan, Jaingsu Province in China in mid-July. Crucially, although the post was voluntary, the cost of the trip was covered by the Chinese Basketball Association.
The MPL Irish Select team return home from China today after a week that has hopefully began to pave the way for a return to senior international basketball in Ireland. Ireland lost to Italy on day 1 before an inspired 70-69 victory over the Russian squad on day 2. On day 3 they went up against the hosts and by far strongest team in the tournament. It was always going to be an impossible task to get a win versus China but it was an important stepping stone for basketball in this country.
You can check out fill game highlights below: