Basketball England today named their squads who will compete at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia next month and we are delighted to share with you that your Eagles guard Drew Lasker has been called up to Team England.

Drew tweeted about the news this morning saying how much he appreciated the opportunity:

The games begin on Wednesday 4 April with basketball making its first appearance since 2006, where Team England’s men and women both came away with a bronze medal.

Ahead of his visit to Newcastle today with his BBL team the Bristol Flyers, the national men’s team head coach Andreas Kapoulas said: “We have come a long way in our preparations within a short period of time. The October and February camps were valuable to the programme and a great opportunity to work with players and staff to develop our system. This has been an extremely competitive process and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the players and their Clubs for their efforts and commitment throughout this phase.”

“We look forward to continuing our preparation in Australia so we can be ready for the challenges of the tournament. We have an exciting group of players with a lot of experience and talent and we just want to make sure we keep getting better every day that we are together.”

Read more about the announcement on the Basketball England website and we will of course follow Drew and all of Team England’s progress at the games with updates here on our website and social media over the coming weeks.

Congratulations and good luck to Drew from everyone at the Eagles!

Here is the full men’s roster:

Name Date of Birth Place of Birth Club
Adam Thoseby 25/11/1991 Melbourne (AUS) Sydney Kings (AUS)
Andrew Lasker 20/11/1982 Hemstead (USA) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
Andrew Thomson 29/05/1984 Crewe Leicester Riders
Callum Jones 01/10/1985 Manchester Manchester Giants
Daniel Edozie 11/10/1992 Greenwich Bristol Flyers
Jamell Anderson 06/07/1990 Nottingham FG La Roda (ESP)
Joseph Ikhinmwin 18/09/1987 London London Lions
Kofi Josephs 13/09/1991 Birmingham Glasgow Rocks
Michael Tuck 17/03/1983 Toronto (CAN) DBL Sharks Sheffield
Orlan Jackman 26/04/1988 Hackney Cheshire Phoenix
Robert Gilchrist 14/10/1990 London Worcester Wolves
Shane Walker 02/11/1987 Northampton Leicester Riders