Limerick basketball ace selected to represent Ireland

Limerick Lions and Crescent Comprehensive star Nate Moore has made Paul Kelleher’s U18 Ireland basketball squad ahead of the upcoming FIBA U18 Men’s European Championship Division C this summer, which will take place in Pristina in Kosovo from July 22nd to 29th.

The teenager in action for Ireland back in 2016.

Speaking about the selection, Coach Kelleher stated: “Over the 12 years I have been involved in international basketball, selecting players for any phase of a program, never mind the final 12, is the hardest and most disliked position to be in as a coach.

“We have continuously extended the decision over the last number of months because of the difficulty of the decision – it can be quite emotional and the thought of telling any player they haven’t made a selection still keeps me awake at night.

“We have played a number of games in recent weeks, experimenting on different line-ups, different defensive formations, to decide which 12 works best and we believe this is the 12 that will help us get promoted back to Division B basketball,” he reflected. “We know the huge task at hand to get promoted, but we have great on-court chemistry, and that is something that we know will serve us really well in close and adverse situations.”

The final 12 players selected are:

Cillian O’ Driscoll, Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Malahide BC

Conor Liston, Belvedere College, Tolka Rovers

Darragh O’Sullivan, Colaiste Choilm, Neptune BC

David Murray, Presentation Brothers, Neptune BC

Eoin McCann, Mount Temple, KUBS BC

Eoin Nelson, Oatlands College, Marian BC

James Connaire, St. Joseph’s, The Bish, Moycullen BC

Jay Kavanagh, De La Salle, Waterford Vikings

Matt Harper, Templeogue College, Templeogue BC

Nate Moore, Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick Lions

Oisin Rice, Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Dublin Lions

Paul Kelly, St. Mary’s, Moycullen BC

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