Meet The Irish Team: u18 Men

The u18 Men are currently in Skopje representing Ireland in the FIBA European Championships. We asked them three simple questions.
  • If they could take any skill form an NBA player what would it be?
  • Who is their favourite teammate on the u18 panel and why?
  • What is their most embarrassing basketball moment:
Check out their player profiles below and add us on snapchat for behind the scenes insight at the euros: CourtsideCo


Adam Heaphy
Neptune BC
Forward
Skill from NBA player: Dwight Howard’s Free Throw
Favourite teammate and why? Donal Ring because he has a nice beard
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Shooting a half court shot with 5 mins left in the game


Daniel Heaney
St Vincent’s
Forward
Skill from NBA player: Allen Iverson’s work ethic
Favourite teammate and why? Donal Ring because he’s bouncy
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Winning National Shield MVP


Donal Ring
UCD Marian
Forward
Skill from NBA player: JJ Reddick’s combined freshness and splash ability
Favourite teammate and why? Adam Drummond because he got me all of my points in the Euros.
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Missing 22 free throws in a game


Stephen Commins
Maree
Shooting Guard
Skill from NBA player: Glen Davis’ bunnies
Favourite teammate and why? Brian Ashton because he’s a slut
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Regularly missing board tap layups


Robert Sullivan
St Vincent’s
Shooting Guard
Skill from NBA player: James Harden’s defence
Favourite teammate and why? Stephen Commins because he knocked us out of National Cup
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Losing a 25 point lead to Maree


Eoin Rockall
Maree
Point Guard
Skill from NBA player: Cameron Payne’s dance moves
Favourite teammate and why? Daniel Heaney because he helped me do this
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Getting punched in the throat by Daniel Heaney


Oisin O’Reilly
Sligo All-Stars
Shooting Guard
Skill from NBA player: Ron Artest’s right hook
Favourite teammate and why? Brian Ashton because I hate the rest
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Shooting 0% for wide open fast break layups


Tariq Guebaili
St Vincent’s
Forward
Skill from NBA player: Steven Adam’s moustache
Favourite teammate and why? Robert Sullivan because he gets trays for days
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Missing 7 straight dunks in a game


Adam Drummond
Neptune
Guard
Skill from NBA player: Rajon Rondo’s shooting
Favourite teammate and why? Daniel Heaney because he always wears my clothes
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Getting knocked out by Eoin Rockall


Matt Treacy
Tolka Rovers
Guard
Skill from NBA player: Steph Curry’s wife
Favourite teammate and why? Anyone but Donal because Bray is a myth
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Posting a screenshot of my stats from the School All Ireland’s ‘C’


Brian Ashton
Tolka Rovers
Shooting Guard
Skill from NBA player: KD’s loyalty
Favourite teammate and why? Oisin O’Reilly because he’s a wee radgie
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Getting dunked on by Ciaran McHugh


Connor Curran
Moycullen BC
Guard
Skill from NBA player: Gordon Hayward’s “impeccable” haircut
Favourite teammate and why? Matt Treacy because he got 17 out of 40 in his theory test
Most embarrassing basketball moment: Hitting the roof in the Parochial Hall from a free throw


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Coaches 

Joey Boylan
St Vincent’s
Favourite coach: Wooden

John Finn
Maree
Favourite coach and why: Greg Popovich, he’s just so bloody good.
Strangest thing you’ve seen on Basketball court: the ref walking around the court with a clock in his hand.


Team Manager

Paul Marrinan

Strangest thing seen on a basketball court: four hundred players sleeping in a gym in Eindhoven at the Tantalus Tournament when I was there with UL.
Irish Basketball hero: Joey Boylan, the only player in Irish Superleague history to play in four different decades. (Not fact checked if anyone else has played in four different decades but he has)
Favourite Irish Basketball site: That is a tough one as BI have really raised their game in the last few years but I have been a big fan of TCC for the past few years. Great to see some great coverage of Irish Basketball on both sites.


Sonya Curran

Moycullen BC

Chartered Physiotherapist.

Favourite NBA Player: Who needs the NBA when you have the Irish U18 men!

Player with the best haircut on tour: Adam Heaphy.

Player with the best hairstyling skills: Tariq Guebaili

Player to receive ‘The Clash, I fought the door and the door won” award: Oisin O’Reilly.

Player with the most good looking Father: Connor Curran

Player who most wants to look like coach Joey: Donal Ring

Player who has the most good looking brother: Brian Ashton

Best player never to play for Moycullen, but always wanted to: Eoghan Rockall

Best player never to play for Moycullen, but never wanted to: Stevie Commins

Player best able to use a water pistol: Adam Drummond

Worst chess player: Matt Tracy

Player with the coolest taste in hats: Rob Sullivan

Player with the worst taste in crisps: Dan Heaney


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.

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    Joey’s for favourite coach was actually around 15 coaches but Wooden was first out. I reckon a profile just on him would be worth doing. No short answers.


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    What about the interview with the hard working Physio, Sonya Curran


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