England men's national basketball team

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England England
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FIBA ranking None
Joined FIBA 1937
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation English Basketball Federation
Coach Paul James
Olympic Games
Appearances 1 2012
Appearances 4 (1946, 1955, 1961, 1981)
Commonwealth Games
Appearances 1
Medals Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze: 2006
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Former logo of England Basketball

The England national basketball team is organised by England Basketball, the sport's governing body in England. Currently, England only competes internationally at the junior level. In 2005 England, along with the basketballscotland and their counterparts in Wales combined forces to form the Great Britain national basketball team, with the target goal to field a competitive team capable of winning medals at the London 2012 summer Olympics. England's direct affiliation to FIBA will end on 30 September 2016 as they will be joining Scotland and Northern Ireland to form a Permanent Great Britain Side, while Wales will remain independent .[1]

England's biggest success were its four qualifications to the EuroBasket, which is Europe's prime basketball event. Further, the team won the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.


Eurobasket 1946[edit]

England's first European championship appearance was at Eurobasket 1946. They lost all four of the games that they played, and subsequently finished last in the field of ten teams.

Eurobasket 1955[edit]

A few years later, England qualified for the Eurobasket 1955 in Budapest, where the English Team had a couple of strong showings. After losing their preliminary round games they beat Switzerland, a major player at the global stage until the mid-50s. The victory marked England's first victory at a major international basketball event. Later, England outscored Austria as well. Eventually, the team placed second in the five teams of the classification group, moving to the 9–12 classification semifinals. There, however, England could not take advantage of the gained self-confidence and lost the next two games. Overall, England finished in 12th place out of the 18 teams, a considerable improvement from its last eurobasket appearance in 1946.

Eurobasket 1961 and 1981[edit]

Despite the improvements in the preceding years, Team England did not do well at the Eurobasket 1961 or the Eurobasket 1981 and lost most games. Its lone victory, however, came in 1981 when they beat the elite team of Greece. This victory still stands as one of the major surprises in the history of the tournament.

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Melbourne 2006[edit]

John Amaechi was England's dominant player at the 2006 Commonwealth Games where he helped secure the bronze medal.

The men's and women's teams were competing for the first time as England in a major multi-sport event, and it was the first Commonwealth Games in which basketball was featured.

The men's team included Steve Bucknall, the second Englishman to play in the NBA. John Amaechi, who played 284 games in the NBA, came out of retirement to participate in Melbourne. Having lost to Australia in the semi-finals, they faced Nigeria in the Bronze medal match. The teams were tied at 15 points to end the first quarter. Robert Reed and Andrew Bridge led the way as England found their stride in the second phase, and they pulled away in the second half of play. Reed played like a snake possessed and was the top scorer for England with 16 points and dominating the Nigerians who had no answer to his all action style. Michael Martin also contributed with 13 points. England won the game 80–57 to claim the first Bronze medal in Commonwealth Games basketball[2]


Coaching Staff

Competition charts[edit]

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L
Australia 2006 Third Place 3rd 5 3 2
Australia 2018 TBD
Total 0 Titles 1/1 5 3 2

Current squad[edit]

At the FIBA EuroBasket 2003 qualification:[4] (last official squad before formation of Team Great Britain)

England men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
4 Silas Paul Cheung 28 – (1973-08-14)14 August 1973 Germany
G 5 Yorick Mortimer Williams 26 – (1975-07-29)29 July 1975 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) England
G 6 Julius Joel Joseph 26 – (1975-11-16)16 November 1975 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Belgium
6 Iain McKinney 28 – (1973-03-11)11 March 1973 England
G 7 Ronald Baker 32 – (1969-07-28)28 July 1969 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) England
G 8 Anthony Jerald Dorsey 31 – (1970-07-15)15 July 1970 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) England
F 10 Andy Derek Gardiner 33 – (1967-11-29)29 November 1967 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Belgium
G 11 Steven Anthony Hansell 26 – (1975-02-17)17 February 1975 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Greece
11 Michael Charles Martin 27 – (1974-02-20)20 February 1974 England
11 Thomas Christopher K. Pearson 22 – (1979-11-01)1 November 1979 Greece
12 Mike Bernard 23 – (1978-07-14)14 July 1978 Cyprus
C 12 Ian Stuart Whyte 30 – (1971-09-17)17 September 1971 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Portugal
F 13 Delme Leon Jefferson Herriman 28 – (1973-05-08)8 May 1973 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Netherlands
C 14 Christopher John Haslam 27 – (1974-05-27)27 May 1974 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Belgium
14 Richard Windle 25 – (1976-04-07)7 April 1976 England
C 15 Andrew Betts 24 – (1977-05-11)11 May 1977 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) Greece

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 21 Nov 2001

Past squad[edit]

1946 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 10 teams

Colin Hunt, Douglas Legg, John Hart, Ronald Legg, Frank Cole, Arthur Lee, Derius Hewitt, Stanley Weston, Ken Dight, Charles Watson (Coach: W.Browning)

1948 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 23 teams

Colin Hunt, Douglas Legg, Ronald Legg, Frank Cole, Robert Norris, Stanley Weston, Lionel Price, Trevor Davies, Malcolm Finlay, Stanley McMeekan, Sydney McMeekan, Alexander Eke, Harry Weston

1955 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 18 teams

Arthur Cladingboel, Reg Fearn, William James, Gordon Cook, Dennis Wilkinson, Colin Wedge, Alan Bruce, Ugo Agnelli, Wilf Byrne, Keith Ledbrook, Michael Roblou, Ronald Rix, N.Smith

1961 EuroBasket: finished 19th among 19 teams

Raymond Kirk, Kornel Tober, Alan Wardle, Peter Creasey, Wilfred Byrne, Alan Tillot, Alan Hildyard, Ronald Hextall, Geoffrey Kaiser, Dennis Wakefield, George Whitmore, Terry Keogh (Coach: Thomas Vaughan)

1981 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 12 teams

David Lloyd, Neville Hopkins, David Berry, Martin Clark, Paul Richards, Nick Burns, Clive Hartley, Jim McCauley, Ian Day, Paul Stimpson, Dan Lloyd, Karl Tatham (Coach: Victor Amber)

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