The new season is almost here so we break down the comings and goings during the off-season of the Irish Basketball Superleague with Niall & Mark O’Leary.
We also talk to Mark Nagle about his decision to return to DCU saints and his thoughts on the upcoming season. Did we miss any big transfer news? Let us know! The Podcast is here! Spread the word….
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!
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.
Basketball Ireland recently announced an expansion to the men’s national league with four new clubs granted a licence and an overall increase to 24 teams across 2 divisions. It was accompanied by news of some new tweaks to the format including automatic promotion and relegation and the first division splitting into north and south conferences.
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.
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.
Emmett Ryan (BallinEurope) and Puff Summers (WhyNotMe Hoops) offer their thoughts on Neptune leaving the league and Roy Downey’s decision to play for local rivals, C&S Demons. Also, Ryan and Summers highlight Ireland’s recent success in China versus Russia while Ryan shares his excitement for the upcoming Hibernia initiative, which will see Ireland competing on the European stage.
Photo: Brendan Moran
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.