Trio in British team

FALKIRK. Forth Valley College. Grangemouth Road. Pictures of Ali Fraser (left) & Johnny Bunyan (right) who have recently returned from their first year in College Basketball.

FALKIRK. Forth Valley College. Grangemouth Road. Pictures of Ali Fraser (left) & Johnny Bunyan (right) who have recently returned from their first year in College Basketball.

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BASKETBALLERS formerly of the local Clark Eriksson Furyhave been selected for the final 20 of the Great Britain under-20 mens squad.

Five Scots were selected, making up a quarter of the squad including the three from Falkirk - Ali Fraser, Jonny Bunyan and Cameron Buchan.

The former European junior champions, Scottish league and cup champions and Senior mens Scottish cup winners will battle for the final team spots with the best players in the country.

The three-day camp starts in Colchester starts tomorrow and is the first official start of a campaign that will see the under-20 men represent Great Britain in Bosnia the European under-20 in July.

Those selected play warm-up matches against Belgium and Holland and train for a month prior to the competition.

Cameron Buchan remains in the US at the moment but Fraser has just finished his first season in the NCAA Division 1 at Maine will be a key member of the GB team.

The 18-year-old told Heraldsport he was looking forward to the test.

“It has a lot more players from around the country and we’ll see where we stand with them.

“We’ve been in Scotland squads before but this a step up. I’m playing more than I expected over in Maine so hopefully that stands me in good stead.”

Jonny Bunyan completed a year at Kimball Union Academy and will have potentially a tougher time to stake his claim in the team matching up against talented point guards.

“I’ve played with some of them already and it will eb tough but I know what I have to do.

“If it doesn’t happen I have another opportunity next year, so age and time are on my side.”

Basketball may go on hold for the absent Buchan though, whose sister Mairi continues to progress in the ladies game.

Cameron may have an opportunity to switch sports to rowing, so it is still in doubt if he will take part despite his selcetion.

Headcoach John Bunyan is delighted for his former stars.

“This is a great opportunity for Ali and Jonny to be part of an excellent GB program.

“To reach the top 20 selection point is a fantastic achievement itself as basketball is a huge sport in England but the squad has a number of European and American players who have a GB family connection.

“Basketball has one of the biggest profiles in the Olympic games and staking your claim at under-20 level is a stepping stone to playing potentially against NBA players in the mens competition.”