Keenan names final 12 for EuroBasket qualifiers

Aidan Harris Igiehon is set for his international debut after being selected in the last 12 for this week’s FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers against Austria and Switzerland.

CJ Fulton and Will Hanley, who won the European Small Countries Championship with Ireland last summer, both return and are in contention for their EuroBasket debuts.

Former Dublin Lions player Igiehon currently plays for Grand Canyon University in the NCAA Division 1. Fulton and Hanley are also based in the United States and this is the first EuroBasket window available.

Fulton, who is now with Lafayette College, was recently named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team after an impressive first season in NCAA Division 1.

Of the 12 selected, Ireland head coach Mark Keenan said: “I’m very happy with our final selection. The pool of players who were available for selection for this window made it very difficult for us to make this final selection. Things are also looking up with new blood in the team. CJ Fulton, Will Hanley and Aidan Harris Igiehon are great additions to the team and have fitted into the team very well.

John Carroll is the team’s captain after Kyle Hosford announced his international retirement on Monday, with Sean Flood as vice-captain.

James Gormley, Neil Lynch, Conor O’Sullivan, Ciaran Roe and Matt Treacy are on a five-man reserve roster.

Ireland take on Austria in Salzburg on Thursday, followed by a home game against Switzerland on Sunday at the National Basketball Arena.

The Irish are third in Group A, behind their next opponents by one point. The group winners and the two best runners-up from three groups will advance to the second round of pre-qualifiers, which begin in August, with another two-match window in November.

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