Despite losing three of their four Eurobasket preparation encounters, Great Britain assistant coach Nate Reinking says that the team is improving each week.
GB started their campaign with a comfortable 86-64 win over Ukraine but have since lost to Greece and twice to Israel. They head home on Saturday as they have a second crack at Greece in London on Saturday.
“We’re improving every week,” said Reinking. “We’re coming to London and hopefully we get a great week of practice and we keep doing that, because the goal has to be to peak at the end of August.”
Despite the defeats, Reinking has been impressed with the togetherness of the squad, which includes many new faces most notably Kavell Bigby-Williams who played in the NCAA Final Four with Oregon last season and Luke Nelson, who completed his years at UC Irvine and recently inked a loan deal with Real Betis. ”
“Chemistry is what has impressed me the most over the four games,” said Reinking.
“I think these guys are really enjoying being around each other and that shows up on the court. Once we get a few more days of practice under our belt and we continue to grow, then we should be ready to go when Eurobasket hits.”
The Brits qualified for Eurobasket last summer even with notable absentees Luol Deng and Joel Freeland, both of whom haven’t played for the national side since the London 2012 Olympics.