Ireland U18 Men's European Championship Squad
April 07, 2016
Ireland U18 Menâs Head Coach Joey Boylan has named his final squad of 12 players who will compete in Division B of the 2016 FIBA European Championships.
The squad features eight players with previous experience in Europe and will compete in Skopje Macedonia in July alongside the hosts, Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, and Poland.
Ireland U18 Menâs European Championship Squad: Adam Drummond (Neptune/GaelcholÃ¡iste Mhuire, A.G.), Adam Heaphy (Neptune/ColÃ¡iste an Phiarsaigh), Brian Ashton (Tolka Rovers/St. Aidans CBS), Connor Curran (Moycullen/St Joseph's (The Bish), Galway), Daniel Heaney (St.Vincentâs/Ard Scoil RÃs), Donal Ring (UCD Marian/Pres Bray), Eoin Rockall (Maree/Calasanctius College), Matt Treacy (Tolka Rovers/St. Aidans CBS, Whitehall), Oisin O'Reilly (Sligo All-Stars/Summerhill College), Robert Sullivan (St.Vincentâs/St Joseph's CBS, Drogheda), Stephen Commins (Maree/Calasanctius College), Tariq Guebaili (St.Vincentâs/St. Aidans CBS).
Head Coach: Joey Boylan , Assistant Coach: John Finn, Team Manager: Paul Marrinan, Physiotherapist: Sonia Curran.
FIBA U18 Menâs European Championships:
Division B: Skopje, MKD, July 29th â August 7th, 2016.
Group A: Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, Ireland, Poland, MKD.
Adam Drummond is one of eight players in the squad with previous experience at European Championships. The Blackpool guard was the ranked second U16 in Division B last year for assists in 2015 with 4.4 per game while also ranking in the top ten for scoring with 15.6 per game. Drummond will be at his third Championships having been a team leader for the Ireland U16âs in 2014 on rebounds.
Team mate Adam Heaphy led Ireland for blocks in Macedonia in 2014 while both players starred in Neptuneâs U18 and U20 Hula Hoops National Cup wins in 2016. Heaphy started both games with Adam Drummond starting in the first game and coming off the bench for the U20âs.
Matt Treacy and Brian Ashton are teammates for both Tolka Rovers and St. Aidanâs CBS Whitehall. They scored 23 points and 25 points respectively in winning the 2016 Subway U19A All-Ireland Schools Cup Final and along with Daniel Heaney reached the final of the 2015 All-Ireland U18 3x3 Championships.
Heaney plays club basketball with St. Vincentâs and was MVP for the 2016 U18 Menâs National Cup Shield winners with 23 points and 17 rebounds in the final.
Tariq Guebaili was also an MVP in 2016. The Santry teen won the Subway U19A All-Ireland Schools Cup alongside Ashton and Treacy and was also a bolter on the Ireland U18 Menâs side for the 2015 European Championships, getting minutes in every game.
Five of the squad who competed in the 2014 European Championships at U16 level return with the U18âs in 2016, including Robert Sullivan. Sulllivan was MVP in the All-Ireland Schools U16B final with St. Josephâs CBS, Drogheda and is the third St. Vincentâs player on the squad.
If Sullivan flies the flag for Louth, then Wicklow is proudly represented by Donal Ring. Ring helped Presentation College Bray to the All-Ireland Schools Cup U19A Boys Final in 2014 and was one of three players who were in Bulgaria for the 2015 FIBA European Championships. He scored 18 points in 19 minutes in the 91-78 win over Scotland.
Oisin OâReilly averaged 18 minutes a game in Europe in 2015. The Sligo guard was MVP with 27 points when Summerhill College won the U16A Boyâs All Ireland School Cup final. Jack Moran of Irelandâs U16 squad was also on that team. Speaking at the time, OâReilly said - âWeâre all basketball players. Itâs just what we do.â
Like Adam Drummond, Eoin Rockall is facing into his third European Championships. Itâs been a big year for the Oranmore youngster. After competing at U18 level in the 2015 European championships, he went on to have a big season in the National League, winning Division One and being named MVP and Player of the Month for January as Maree won their first ever Presidents National Cup. He was team leader for the Ireland U16âs in 2014 with 12.9 ppg and 2.9 apg.
Heâs come a long way with teammate Stephen Commins. Commins, who is also from Oranmore, was on the Calasanctius College side captained by Rockall that won the All-Ireland Schools Cup U16A Boys Final in 2014. Stephen also featured in 10 games for Maree in the regular season of the Menâs National League and scored 24 points including six three-pointer in a remarkable League Cup semi-final win over Keaneâs SuperValu Killorglin.
Conor Curran completes a trio of Galway players in the squad. He scored 13 points for St. Josephâs âThe Bishâ when they won the U19A Boys All Ireland Schools League Final. He also was one of the squad members in Macedonia in 2014.
Adam Drummond - Club: BFG Neptune, School: GaelcholÃ¡iste Mhuire, A.G., Home Town: Blackpool, Cork, Position: Guard, Height: 189cm.
Adam Heaphy - Club: Neptune BC, School: ColÃ¡iste an Phiarsaigh, Home Town: Tivoli, Cork, Position: Forward, Height: 193cm.
Brian Ashton - Club: Tolka Rovers, School: St. Aidanâs CBS, Home Town:, Glasnevin, Dublin, Position: Shooting Guard, Height: 198cm.
Stephen Commins - Club: Maree, School: Calasanctius College, Home Town: Oranmore, Co. Galway, Position: Shooting Guard, Height: 183cm.
Connor Curran - Club: Moycullen, School: St Joseph's âThe Bishâ, Home Town: Roscahill, Galway, Position: Guard/Forward, Height: 186cm.
Tariq Guebaili - Club: St. Vincentâs, School: St. Aidanâs CBS, Home Town: Santry, Dublin. Position: Guard/Forward, Height: 193cm.
Daniel Heaney - Club: St.Vincentâs, School: Ard Scoil RÃs, Home Town: Santry, Dublin, Position: Guard/Forward, Height: 196cm.
Donal Ring - Club: UCD Marian, School: Presentation College, Bray, Home Town: Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Position: Guard, Height: 188cm.
Eoin Rockall - Club: Maree, School: Calasanctius College, Home Town: Oranmore, Galway, Position: Point Guard, Height: 186cm.
Matt Treacy - Club: Tolka Rovers, School: St. Aidanâs CBS, Home Town: Glasnevin, Dublin, Position: Guard/Forward, Height: 198cm.
Oisin O'Reilly - Club: Sligo All-Stars, School: Summerhill College, Home Town: Carney, Co. Sligo, Position: Shooting Guard, Height: 186cm.
Robert Sullivan - Club: St. Vincentâs, School: St Joseph's CBS, Drogheda
Home Town: Drogheda, Co. Louth, Position: Shooting Guard, Height: 183cm