Adam Thoseby showed off his shooting and scoring prowess in a big way on Thursday night in a game against Iceland. The Great Britain Under-20 National team is deep into the European Championship Tournament, but until now Thoseby had been relatively quiet. That all changed on Thursday night. Adam went off for 27 points in a very close 72-70 victory over Iceland. He also converted the game winning three point play with seven seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Brits. For the game Thoseby went 11-18 from the field including 4-9 from beyond the three point arc. He also made good on his only free throw attempt, grabbed two rebounds, and dished out one assist.
The win against Iceland secured the fifth straight victory for Great Britain. Unfortunately, their slow start to the tournament (losing to Portugal and Finland) has doomed them to be competing for 13th – 16th place.
Adam Thoseby’s Great Britain Under-20 National Team was brought back to reality this week as they registered consecutive losses to Belgium. This comes after going 6-0 in other warm-up games over the past few weeks.
Up until these two games Thoseby had been starting for the team, but against Belgium he came off the bench. In game one he was the 2nd leading scorer behind NBA draft pick Ryan Richards dropping in 13 points in a 94-71 loss. In game two he did not have as much success registering just 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
For more information on these past two games visit HoopsFix.
The team will now head to the European Youth Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Great Britain is in Group C and will face the following teams in the opening round:
July 14 vs. Portugal
July 15 vs. Finland
July 16 vs. Luxembourg
July 17 vs. Norway
July 18 vs. Czech Republic
Adam Thoseby played a pair of warm-up games over the weekend with his Great Britain under-20 National Team. Great Britain won both games, moving to 6-0 in warm-up play thus far. Thoseby contributed seven points in each of the two games. His team will now have one day off before playing their final two warm-up games against Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday.
Check out the full writeup of the Denmark games at HoopsFix.
Sky View High School’s Jalen Moore has committed to join the Utah State Aggie Basketball Program. The 6’7″ shooting guard completed his sophomore year of high school this year and is scheduled to join the Aggies for the 2013-14 season. Jalen is a current teammate of 2012 Aggie commit Casey Oliverson.
Moore recently attended the Stew Morrill basketball camp at Utah State and impressed the coaches enough for them to give him an offer. Jalen has also been turning some heads in AAU play putting up impressive numbers at a recent tournament in Reno, NV.
Jalen also competed in the high jump for Sky View and took second place in state behind only his fellow Bobcat, and good friend, Anthony Israelsen.
The American Fork basketball team is producing some serious D1 talent. And all of it in the backcourt. After Marcel Davis and Quincy Bair both verbally committed to play at Utah State, their backcourt teammate Austin Waddoups received his first D1 offer to play for Cornell University. The news was broken by Quincy Bair’s Twitter Feed. Bill Oram at the Salt Lake Tribune has the scoop.
If anyone wants to follow Bair or Davis on Twitter they can be found here:
The Utah State Athletics Site has officially announced the signing of Adam Thoseby today. Here are some quotes included in the article.
Utah State Coach Stew Morrill:
“Adam is a player who possesses excellent athletic ability along with solid basketball skills,” said Morrill. “He is a hard worker with very good potential and his international experience will certainly help his development as a player. We are excited to have Adam join our program.”
Maine Central Institute Coach Dave Campbell:
“Adam is a very exciting player because of his athletic ability and I believe his best basketball is still ahead of him,” said MCI head coach Dave Campbell. “Adam is a very good jump shooter and he will fit in well with Utah State’s system. He is also a very good kid and an excellent student.”
Adam Thoseby has a lot of travel planned this summer.
After flying across the country (from Maine to Utah) to visit Utah State campus, Adam flew back home to his native Great Britain, and will be spending the summer playing for the Great Britain Under-20 basketball team. Final cuts were made this past week, and Thoseby made the 12-man squad. The team is scheduled to travel to Sarajevo for the European Championships in July.
Before departing, the team plays four more warm-up games. They face off twice against Denmark on July 3-4, and and then play back-to-back games against Belgium on July 6-7.
Danny Berger, a 6’7″, 180 pound wing will be joining the Aggie basketball team this year after returning from a 2-year LDS religious mission.
Danny committed to play for Utah State over two years ago, and many Aggie fans may have all but forgotten about him. As such, I decided to put together a quick write-up on the Aggie wing.
Danny played high school ball for North Medford High School in Medford, Oregon and played one year at Chemeketa Community College before leaving on his mission. He averaged 16 points and 5 rebounds per game as a freshman at Chemeketa CC. Danny is known for his shooting prowess and athleticism. He drew the attention of the Utah State coaching staff as he grew 9 inches over a 2 1/2 year span before his mission.
Upon committing, Danny had a lot of good things to say about the Aggie Basketball program in this article from his hometown paper:
“I’m really excited. Obviously they have a rich history of basketball, and when I went out for a campus visit I just liked everything about it.”
“Utah State was one of my No. 1 choices. They have a lot of returning missionaries and people coming and going with that so they’re used to it and they know my situation. It’s going to be really good for me because they’re really considerate of my situation.”
The Aggie coaching staff initially hoped to redshirt Berger, but with Norvell Arnold no longer coming to Logan they may have to reconsider their approach. Most likely either Berger or Adam Thoseby will see playing time this coming year.
Here’s a highlight clip from Berger’s senior year in high school: