Congratulations are in order for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball alum Kyle Johnson. It was announced on Sunday that Johnson has officially made Great Britain’s 2013 EuroBasket squad which will compete at the FIBA European Championships in Slovenia starting on Wednesday, September 4th.
Johnson played for LIU Brooklyn from 2007 to 2011 and was part of LIU’s 2011 NEC championship team which was the first of their current three-straight NEC championships.
Great Britain is one of 24 countries competing in the EuroBasket. The top 6 finishers will qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain next summer. Great Britain will play in Group A with Ukraine, France, Germany, Israel, and Belgium. Each team in the group will play each other once. The top three teams in the group will move on to the second round group stage. In the second round group stage, the teams from Group A will play the teams from Group B which means three more games with the results from the advancing Group A teams games carrying over. The top three finishers from this second round group advanced to an eight-team quarterfinal knockout round until there is a winner in the finals.
Kyle Johnson, for the second consecutive summer, has made the Great Britain men’s basketball team for a major international competition. Johnson played with Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Johnson and Team GB will start the 2013 EuroBasket with a game against Israel on Wednesday. They will then face France on Thursday and Belgium on Friday.
Great Britain last week wrapped up a seven game series of exhibition games all over Europe in preparation for the EuroBasket. Team GB went 1-6 winning just their opening game versus Puerto Rico in London who they will not face in this tournament. All their losses came to European teams. Although box scores were not available for all seven preparatory games, Johnson did start and played in majority of the minutes in all seven games.
Blackbirds Hoops Journal will follow Johnson and Team GB on their journey through the 2013 EuroBasket and as they tried to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Good luck to Kyle Johnson and Great Britain at the EuroBasket.