CLARK Eriksson Fury will have two of their current squad and one former player represent a Scotland Men’s Select against the Auld Enemy in a challenge match at the NIA Birmingham on Saturday.
The match will be played immediately before the British Basketball League’s Play-Off Final between Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders and in front off 6,000 basketball fans from across the UK.
Rocks and Fury point guard Jonny Bunyan whose Glasgow based BBL team narrowly missed the final themselves going out to the Riders in the semi-finals will be joined by former Rock and Fury guard Scott Russell. Bunyan who averaged 23 points in his last three Fury games and Russell who had a game high 27 points in the Scottish Play-off final for Fury will be joined by former teammate, 6ft 7inch forward Ali Fraser who has just completed his second year at the University of Maine playing for the Black Bears in Division One of the NCAA in the States.
It is believed that current Glasgow Rocks stars Gareth Murray and American Danny Huffor, who has Scottish parentage, will also play for the Scotland team.
The last time a Scottish Men’s team played England was seven years ago in 2005 at an Invitation Tournament in Luxembourg when both squads were preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2006.
One of the Scotland coaches at that time was Fury headcoach John Bunyan, whose older son Keith was one of four Fury players in the Scotland squad in Luxembourg.
England won a tight game with NBA star John Amechi in the England line-up.
The Scotland men’s team is preparing for European competition in San Marino in the summer and this will be a great opening fixture for the current squad.