Williams Impressed By Great Britain Solidarity

10 August 2006
By Soriebah Kajue, PA Sport

Great Britain hopeful Yorrick Williams insists he will not be too disappointed if he fails to make the squad for the opening EuroBasket qualifier - because of the new-found camaraderie Chris Finch has instilled among the players.

Finch, 36, was appointed Great Britain coach in May and was given the remit of getting the team promoted from EuroBasket Division B.

At present, the former Sheffield Sharks coach is putting his players through their paces at a training camp before they embark on their qualifying campaign, which begins away to Slovakia on September 2.

Before that, GB will travel to Sweden on August 11 to compete in the Baltic Sea Cup, which will feature the home country, Estonia and Finland.

On their return, Finch will take his team to Belgium on August 21 for a week, where they should be joined by British players who are based in Europe and have not been able to join the training camp earlier.

There, they are scheduled to face his old team Bree and possibly Portugal before he names his squad of 12 for the opening qualifier.

But such is the spirit Finch has injected into the squad, Williams - who was Birmingham Bullets' leading points scorer last year - has promised not to let his disappointment spoil the mood in the camp should he not make the cut.

He told PA Sport: "It's a different feel to the old England squad, there are no egos involved, which is good.

"Chris Finch is a good coach and is clear and precise with his instructions, and knows what he is talking about.

"He's a player's coach and if I didn't make the squad for whatever reason, I wouldn't be mad because I can see what he's trying to build here and the great team-spirit he is creating."

Williams missed out on GB's successful trip to Australia earlier this year.

But the England shooting guard, who has won 40 caps for his country, is eager to get involved on the assault for EuroBasket promotion.

He added: "It's up to the coach as to whether or not I get picked but if I do, I'll be ready and will give my best.

"Most people within the camp feel like something big is going to happen within British basketball and I'd like to be a part of that."

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