If Jenaya Wade-Fray makes the Great Britain Women’s Olympic National Team and Sullivan Phillips makes the Great Britain Men’s National Team both players will face tough opposition at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Both squads are set to go into camp this week.
FIBA held the draw for the 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournaments in Rio De Janeiro as part of their Central Board meeting.
The draw saw both Team Great Britain Men's and Women's Basketball sides learn of their opposition for this summer's Olympic Games. The Great Britain Men were drawn in Group B with Spain, China, Brazil, Australia and Qualifier 3, while the Women are set to face Australia, Brazil, Russia, Qualifier 3 and Qualifier 5 in London later this year.
Sullivan PhillipsIn Group B, the Great Britain Men are faced with Basketball powerhouses Spain who are currently ranked 2nd in the World as well as top ten ranked teams Australia (9th) and China (10th). At last year's London Prepares series Great Britain defeated China 64-56 and came to within one point of defeating the Australian side. The Great Britain side are still to put their best team on the court but this season with the in-form Pops Mensah-Bonsu returning along with NBA star Ben Gordon, Great Britain will be planning to improve on last year's performances.
The GB women have a very challenging group ahead with 2nd and 3rd World ranked sides Australia and Russia, who are also the 2011 EuroBasket winners, featuring in the line-up. The Great Britain Women are yet to play Australia but will go head-to-head with the side before the Olympics at a test match in Sheffield on July 14th. When Great Britain came up against Russia in EuroBasket Finals 2011 they gave them a run for their money and lost by only three points, 62-59 in the dying seconds.
Both Team Great Britain sides avoid the respective USA teams who top the world rankings for both men and women.
The remaining teams yet to qualify will be determined through the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments taking place in Caracas, Venezuela for the Men from July 2nd – 8th and Ankara, Turkey for the Women from June 25th – July1st.