Five BBL stars named in 12-man Great Britain roster for Belgium clash


Newcastle Eagles and Great Britain Men’s National Team Head Coach Marc Steutel has named his roster for game day today against Belgium in FIBA World Cup Qualifying action, where GB take to the floor at Newcastle’s Vertu Motors Arena for a 7:30pm tip-off!

Five BBL superstars have been named in Steutel’s roster, including Jelani Watson-Gayle, Kyle Johnson, Ben Mockford, Aaron Menzies and Josh Sharma representing the Bristol Flyers, Newcastle Eagles, Leicester Riders and London Lions on Friday night as they take to the floor for GB.

The National Team will take to the court today against Belgium before travelling to Belgrade to face the Serbians on February 27th as Steutel and his staff conclude what has been a historic FIBA World Cup Qualifying campaign, with GB reaching the second qualifying phase for the first time in their history.

Speaking following the confirmation of the 12-man roster, Head Coach Marc Steutel said:

“The thing that I’ve been most pleased with this week is the group’s intent to try and take on the concepts we believe we need to implement to be successful. It is a really exciting time for the Men’s programme, and being able to give an opportunity to these players only adds to that excitement.

“We’re obviously bitterly disappointed that qualification for the World Cup is out of our reach, after reaching a point where we’d never been previously as a team, but this is an exciting opportunity to use high-level competitive matches to do the right thing for the programme.

“Make no bones about it, we’re trying to win tomorrow, but we’re also going to maximise the opportunity to do the right thing for the future of the programme, allowing these really talented younger guys to play through some experiences they need to have to put the programme in the right place for years to come.

“Camp has been extremely positive and I’m excited to see how we pull together on the floor tomorrow night.”


Get your tickets to support Great Britain in their final home game of FIBA 2023 World Cup Qualifying in Newcastle against Belgium on February 24th by clicking here. The team needs your support and we can’t wait to see you in the stands cheering on the team this week!