The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has named the National Men’s Basketball team that will compete at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in the British Virgin Islands with Ansa McAl sponsoring warm-up uniforms.
The GABF had shortlisted 18 players last weekend to continue training for selection on the final national roster, which was named on Thursday, according to GABF President, Nigel Hinds. The team features 15 players with 12 being chosen on game nights.
The 15 players selected include former NBA player, Rawle Marshall as Captain, Akeem Kanhai, Andrew Ifill, Andre De Florimonte, Dwayne Roberts, Ray Victor, Richard Hall, Ryan Stephney, Ryan Gullen, Shane Webster, Shelroy Thomas, Tyler Persaud, Keron McKenzie, Kevan Creppy and Gordon Klaiber.
The management team of the national unit include Pepsi Sonics Coach, Mark Agard as National Coach with Linden’s Amelia’s Ward Jets, Kevin Joseph as Assistant Coach. Initially, Guyana’s most successful domestic coach in the last season, Darcel Harris, was named Assistant to Agard, but for unknown reasons Harris showed no interest in the position.
The Team Manager is Plaisance Guardians Coach, Junior Hercules, while Colts’ Troy Greene is Assistant Manager. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) accredited referee, Sherwin Henry, rounds up the 20-man Guyanese basketball contingent.
Of the 15 players selected, nine are overseas-based while six are locally based. Klaiber, who is a professional player in Japan, arrived in Guyana yesterday morning while the GABF was assured of verifying Guyanese citizenship for Creppy and Persaud.
Chris Williams, Royston Siland, Dave Causway and Travis Burnett, who are all locally-based, were the four players, who were dropped. The national men’s basketball team departs Guyana tomorrow for Tortola, British Virgin Islands for the July 1-12 Caribbean Confederation Championships. (Edison Jefford)
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