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April 1, 2008 1:19 PM

Bryan-Amaning playing for his country

Posted by Bob Condotta

Husky freshman center Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been named as one of about 20 players who will be invited to try out for a British national basketball team that will attempt to quality for the 2012 Olympics.

You can read details here.

Bryan-Amaning is a native of London.

The 2012 Olympics will be held in London so there is a particular motivation and urgency for the British team to qualify.

It's common for college players to participate in such tryouts and on national teams, similar to Jon Brockman's attempt to make the Pan-Am Games team last summer.

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Posted by Mix

1:44 PM, Apr 01, 2008

That's Awesome, way to go MBA. Should be great practice time.

Posted by 206er

1:50 PM, Apr 01, 2008

yea. that's a pretty big honor. and what an opportunity for improvement for him. go dawgs!

Posted by Kristian

2:39 PM, Apr 01, 2008

This is kinda funny... really the first time that I even thought about the British playing basketball... I mean, I know they have some players here and there, but the concept of a British national team just seems odd

Posted by Brenn

3:39 PM, Apr 01, 2008

I wonder if what's his name the gay guy is invited? He hasn't been out of the league that long. Not like Brits have a team pool of players to choose from anyways.

Posted by 206er

4:18 PM, Apr 01, 2008

isn't louol deng (spelling?) from england? regardless of the competition, it should be a good chance for mba to refine his talent (which he has a ton of) with older players.

Posted by BandDawg

4:28 PM, Apr 01, 2008

It's definitely a minor sport in the UK, but there's enough interest in basketball to support a small pro league. Dennis Rodman was playing for one of the teams there a couple of years ago (Brighton, I believe). It doesn't have the established training systems for young players that the major sports have, so I would guess that home-grown players come from whatever sports club teams there are.

Posted by swlhoop

7:06 PM, Apr 01, 2008

You don't have to qualify for the olympics if it is played in your country. The British team will automatically be in the 2012 Olympics. Remember all the Greek teams being thrown together at the Athens Olympics?

Posted by BigBallaJ

7:23 PM, Apr 01, 2008

They have to qualify for the European Championships in 2009 or 2011 to play in the Olympics.

It's not automatic. READ THE STORIES!

Posted by Dave

8:59 PM, Apr 01, 2008

The gay dude, John Amaechi, is 37, and would be 41 by the time the London Olympics roll around, so it makes sense he wouldn't be called up for this team. I'd rather have a 23 year old MBA than a 41-year old who's been out of serious hoops for 6 years at that point. Amaechi did come out of retirement to play for England in the '06 Commonwealth Games though. According to Wikipedia he owns the local men's and women's club teams in Manchester and has built some kind of youth athletics facility there.

Posted by swlhoop

9:58 PM, Apr 01, 2008

My bad. Jumped on that one too soon.

I just READ THE STORIES! Thanks for the heads up.

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