Three get call to national teams

Maya is one of three Ipswich Basketball Academy players selected to national under-17/18 squads for the season ahead (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Three Ipswich Basketball Academy players have been selected to the England under-17/under-18 training squads for the forthcoming season.

In squads announced by Basketball England this morning, Frances Musson and Maya Price were named to the women’s selection, with Caleb Fuller included on the men’s roster.

Players selected to the squads take part in a number of camps across the year, led by the national coaching staff, and are analysed before a final squad is selected in the spring to compete at the European Championships next summer. This year, the tournament will bear a particular landmark for players from these shores as the various national programmes will be united on October 1st, meaning Frances, Maya and Caleb have a chance to be selected to the first Great Britain Under-18 teams.

The opportunity to try out for national teams is a familiar one for all three, with Maya having previously been selected for initial squads at both under-16 and under-17 age levels.

Frances is in her fourth consecutive year of England squad selections, having narrowly missed out on the opportunity to play at the European Championships when she was with the under-16s two years ago.

Caleb, who has also been in the England programme since the age of 14, went to the Euros as an under-16 and would likely have made the under-18 squad this summer had his participation not been curtailed by injury.

“We’re extremely proud of three of our most outstanding youngsters in being called up to national squads for the forthcoming season,” said club head coach Nick Drane, who last year coached Caleb with the Men’s team and Frances in the Academy Women’s programme, where he will also coach Maya this season.

“It’s a just reflection of the work they put in to getting better on a constant basis, and also of the great work our youth coaches do to support them and help them grow as players.

“I’m excited to follow their progress through the season, and let’s hope they’re still in consideration when it comes time to name the national teams next year.”