U18 Men National Team 2018
The final 12 roster for the Ireland Under 18 men’s team has been announced by head coach, Paul Kelleher.
The team are busy preparing for FIBA U18 Men’s European Championship Division C this summer, which will take place in Pristina in Kosovo from July 22nd to 29th.
Speaking about the selection, Coach Kelleher stated: “Over the 12 years I have been involved in international basketball, selecting players for any phase of a program, never mind the final 12, is the hardest and most disliked position to be in as a coach.
“We have continuously extended the decision over the last number of months because of the difficulty of the decision - it can be quite emotional and the thought of telling any player they haven’t made a selection still keeps me awake at night.
“We have played a number of games in recent weeks, experimenting on different line-ups, different defensive formations, to decide which 12 works best and we believe this is the 12 that will help us get promoted back to Division B basketball,” he reflected. “We know the huge task at hand to get promoted, but we have great on-court chemistry, and that is something that we know will serve us really well in close and adverse situations.”
The final 12 players selected are:
Cillian O' Driscoll, Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Malahide BC
Conor Liston, Belvedere College, Tolka Rovers
Darragh O'Sullivan, Colaiste Choilm, Neptune BC
David Murray, Presentation Brothers, Neptune BC
Eoin McCann, Mount Temple, KUBS BC
Eoin Nelson, Oatlands College, Marian BC
James Connaire, St. Joseph's, The Bish, Moycullen BC
Jay Kavanagh, De La Salle, Waterford Vikings
Matt Harper, Templeogue College, Templeogue BC
Nate Moore, Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick Lions
Oisin Rice, Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Dublin Lions
Paul Kelly, St. Mary’s, Moycullen BC
Ireland Under 18 Men Management Team:
Head Coach: Paul Kelleher