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Hopkins added to Great Britain U20 Men’s coaching staff

PRESTON - Myerscough's Neal Hopkins has been added to the Great Britain Under-20 Men's coaching staff ahead of the Divison A European Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Hopkins joins Karl Brown's staff alongside assistant coach Dan Petts. Emily Clark will serve as the manager while Hanni Assi was named strength and conditioning coach.

"It's a pleasure to be part of the Great Britain setup and I am excited for the opportunity to work with everyone involved," he said. "We have fantastic talent and incredible potential -- I'm looking forward to the journey."

Hopkins helped guide Myerscough to the European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) SuperFinal in the Academy's debut season and a place in the Division 2 playoff semifinals in 2018-19. He also claimed a third-straight AoC Premier Cup and reached the EABL Final Four.

The Under-20 Men's team will begin preparations with training camp at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester in late June embarking on a three-day practice tournament in Italy on July 1. The U20 European Championships start July 11 with Great Britain drawn into Group A with France, Montenegro and Turkey.

GB Basketball also announced on Friday the initial Under-18 Men's team, which includes Myerscough trio Mate Okros, Amari Williams and Lewis McGlasson, with the European Championships getting under way in Greece on July 27th.

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