Final roster announced for Ireland U16 men's team
May 24, 2018
Ireland Under 16 men’s head coach Mike Lynch has today announced his final panel of 12 players who will represent Ireland at this year’s FIBA U16 European Championship Division B in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Speaking about the announcement, Coach Lynch stated: “The players that have made the 12 are going to be excited and relieved at making the squad, but we also know how disappointed the remaining players will be today. While all 18 players have the ability to play at this level, we have selected players for specific roles that we feel will work best together.
“The U16 men’s team is - for most players - their first introduction to training and playing at an elite level. The last 18 months have seen 36 players receive their first caps for their country, and to date, the squad have played in 12 international games. The emphasis of the U16 programme is on player development, while at the same time focusing on the preparation for the Euros.
“While today we release the names of the 12 players who will represent Ireland at this year's Euros, we cannot forget the contribution all 36 players have made since we started out. You are all international players. It has been difficult as a coach and management team to deselect players at the end of each phase of this programme. For the players who have missed out on selection for the final 12, we want to stress again to these players that they are all capable of playing at European level and we commend their efforts and dedication to the programme.
“We hope that these players will continue to work hard at their game and take what they have learned from the programme back to their school and club teams and that we will see them on future Irish programmes.
“We now move on to our final phase of preparation for the Euros. We all believe in the job we have to do and these are a determined group of young players. We have a number of friendly international games coming up against tough opposition in the coming months which will provide us with much-needed game experience required to participate competitively at the Euros this summer.
“The management team and I would also like to extend a word of thanks and gratitude to all the players’ parents who have shown great support throughout the programme. A special word of thanks also to our team sponsor, Iarnród Éireann and the EPC for their continued support.”
The Ireland Under 16 Men’s team 2018:
Christopher Fulton, St. Malachy’s, Belfast, Belfast Star
Conor McDonnell, St. Malachy’s, Belfast, Belfast Star
Conor Walsh, Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip, Liffey Celtics BC
Denzel Ebose, St. Joseph’s CBS Drogheda, Drogheda Bullets
Eli Lenihan, SMGS Blarney, Neptune BC
Jack Doyle, Ard Scoil Ris, Dublin, St. Vincent’s BC
Kelvin O’Donoghue, SMGS Blarney, Neptune BC
Liam Keating, St. Declan’s Cabra, St. Vincent’s BC
Okoko Ogbe, Old Bawn CS Tallaght, Dublin Lions
Oscar O’Lideadha, Colaiste Eoin, Stillorgan, UCD Marian
Rapolas Buivydas, CBS The Green Tralee, Mount Hawk BC
Ronan Collins, SP Sliabh Luachra, Kerry, Gneeveguilla BC