Fajana named to Ireland Under-18 Men’s team

PRESTON - Myerscough forward Sanmi Fajana was named to the Ireland Under-18 Men’s team ahead of the FIBA European Championships Division B in Romania.

Ireland earned promotion back to Division B, whose championship gets under way beginning July 26, following a bronze finish in Division C last summer.

“I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to represent my country at the European Championships,” said Fajana. “I’ve worked hard all year on my shooting and basketball IQ, and that will be very beneficial to me [in Division B]."

Fajana ranked second in scoring at 10.6 points and first in rebounding with 7.1 boards in 15 games for Myerscough during the European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) season. He, however, missed the SuperFinal through injury.

“Coming off an injury at the end of the season has been frustrating, but I think that I’ve handled it well,” he said. “I’ve worked with the physio to get stronger and that’s been helpful not only for my recovery but also for my long-term health.”

The 6-foot-8 forward, who helped the Myerscough Under-18 Men’s team reach National Cup semifinals, last competed for Ireland at a European Championship in 2017 with the Under-16 Men's team where Fajana averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in eight games.

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Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.