|01 September 2013|
|Daniel Clark's presence at EuroBasket 2013 will be a massive boost for Great Britain|
Forward Daniel Clark missed Great Britain's preparations for EuroBasket 2013 because of a persistent injury but has managed to recover in time to be included on the final 12-man squad that travelled to Slovenia on Sunday.
The 25-year-old forward underwent a late fitness test during the weekend to confirm his availability and the doctors' verdict must have sounded like music to the ears of head coach Joe Prunty.
Clark will be one of six players returning from Great Britain's Olympic Games 2012 squad, alongside captain Andrew (Drew) Sullivan, Andrew Lawrence, Kieron Achara, Eric Boateng, and Kyle Johnson.
Youngsters Myles Hesson and Alasdair Fraser will make their debut with the senior national team in a major tournament, while Scotland captain Gareth Murray will also play for the first time on the big stage, after leading the Scots in European Championships at Division C level.
Appearing in his second EuroBasket, despite his young age is Devon van Oostrum.
"I am very pleased with the final 12 players we have representing Great Britain at EuroBasket 2013," Prunty commented.
"Although we have faced some tough games in our preparation, we have played some of the best teams in the world which has tested our players and prepared them well for the challenges ahead.
"We are now in Slovenia and looking forward to our first game against Israel on Wednesday."
The American tactician knew already before the start of training camp that he would not be able to count during his first campaign in charge on star small forward Luol Deng and Portland Trail Blazers big man Joel Freeland.
After the start of preparations, veteran Pops Mensah-Bonsu also pulled out of the Slovenia tournament, leaving Prunty with few options in the frontcourt.
Guard Alex Marcotullio and center Liam Potter earned the unwanted distinction of being the last two cuts from the EuroBasket roster on Sunday.
Great Britain's 12-strong roster for EuroBasket 2013 is made up of Drew Sullivan, Ogooluwa Adegboye, Kieron Achara, Eric Boateng, Alasdair Fraser, Andrew Lawrence, Myles Hesson, Kyle Johnson, Gareth Murray, Daniel Clark, Justin Robinson and Devon Van Oostrum.
After their opener against Israel, the Brits will take on France, Belgium, Germany and finally Ukraine in First Round Group A action.