Dan The Man

EuroBasket 2011

13. Daniel Clark (Great Britain)
Clark averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds for Great Britain in the EuroBasket Qualifying Round

Whatever the outcome of this weekend's EuroBasket draw in Lithuania turns out to be for the 24 national teams in this summer's big event, Great Britain will know their path to the second round can't be any harder than what it was two years ago.

Remember Poland 2009, when the Brits qualified for the Final Round but then ended up in the same group with Spain, Serbia and Slovenia?

Without their best player, an injured Luol Deng, the Brits lost all three games, though that wasn't surprising since they took on three of the best teams on the continent that made it all the way to the Semi-Finals.

Indeed, Spain beat Serbia in the gold-medal game and Slovenia, who fell to the Serbians in a heartbreaking last-four clash, suffered more heartache when falling to Greece in a nail-biting clash for bronze.

A player that didn't get off the bench in Warsaw but was in Chris Finch's British squad, Dan Clark, now figures to be a prominent figure for his team in Lithuania.

In Spain's ACB, the 22-year-old's coming off the bench at Asefa Estudiantes and quickly becoming one of their best players.

The Brits, he says, are looking to make some more noise this time.

"It's a huge step for us," Clark said to Basketball World News.

"Our goal is to make it to the next round this year.

"We're going to have to have a great preparation, have a great time, enjoy the time, because no other person in the history of British basketball has been to two EuroBaskets the way that we have.

"If we enjoy it, I think we'll be fine."

Clark last summer helped a British side that was missing key players finish top of its Division A qualifying group.

He averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

In one vital game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Clark had 23 points.


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