Clark: "We Are Definitely Improving"

04.09.2011

EUROBASKET 2011

13. Daniel Clark (Great Britain)
Dan Clark and Great Britain will look to finish their EuroBasket run with wins over Portugal and Poland

Great Britain have yet to claim a win at the EuroBasket in Lithuania but the experience of playing in the tournament has been good for them.

Defeats to Lithuania, Turkey and Spain have killed any hopes of Chris Finch's men progressing to the next round of the competition but Dan Clark is confident his team will go home with two wins.

Team GB face Portugal on Sunday and end the tournament against Poland on Monday.

Clark spoke to FIBA Europe about his team's hopes for the future.

The 22-year-old, who is playing in his first EuroBasket, is averaging 9.7 points per game and seven rebounds.

fibaeurope.com: Dan, what is the mindset of the team ahead of its remaining games?
Clark: "The chemistry is good in the team. We played much better against Spain than in our previous games. Now we have two more games. Coming into the tournament, the games against Portugal and Poland were the two games that we said were must-wins for us. We have to continue with that mentality and get the wins despite knowing we will not progress to the next round."

fe: Great Britain did not win a game at EuroBasket 2009 and is 0-3 this time, even with Luol Deng in the squad. In your opinion, is the team improving?
Clark: "We are definitely improving. Every year we are taking a huge step forward. We are a very young programme. We could be a lot better and I think we are on our way to being a lot better. If we keep doing like this, I think in a few years we could be up there with the best of them."

fe: How important is it for Great Britain to be competing at the EuroBasket in view of next year's Olympic Games?
Clark: "Only two teams from the EuroBasket will qualify for the Olympics so we are lucky to already have a place in London (being hosting nation). Our goal here was just to go one step better than with respect to our last EuroBasket and that meant going through to the next stage. Realistically it was a long shot to think we could any further than that. We have had a tough group and we knew it was going to be difficult. But the more we compete with the best teams in the world, the better we will be once the Olympics comes around. The Olympics is what everybody is talking about back home so we have to be ready for that."

fe: You have played for GB teams at every level. How has the experience been for you?
Clark: "I love it. Playing for your country is the best thing I think you can do. Not many people get to represent their country and I am one of the privilege few that get to do it so you have to take advantage of this opportunities."


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