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University of Worcester Former Students Selected for Major International Basketball Contest

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Three former University of Worcester students will join the Wales national squad for a major tournament this week.

Sam Roberts, who has just finished his degree, and graduates Ben Potts and Damian Edwards have been selected for the Senior Men’s Basketball team.

They will compete at the European Championship for Small Countries from Tuesday, June 28.

Sam and Damian play in the guard position, with Ben as a power forward in the 12-strong team.

Sam, of Cowbridge, the Vale of Glamorgan, has just finished a three year course in sports studies and this will be his first time in the men’s side.

The 20-year-old, who developed his love of basketball from the age of 14, played in the University’s second team in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) league and the Worcester Wolves national league division two side.

He has played in the under 16 and under 18 Welsh teams.

“The hard work still isn’t done because we haven’t gone to the tournament.  We have to stay focused,” said Sam.

“There are some tough teams going like Andorra and Armenia.

“We’ll just hopefully give it our best.”

Ben Potts, 31, of Worcester, who grew up in Wrexham, North Wales, studied at the University of Worcester for more than six years.

He first took a Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification, which gave him the qualifications needed to go on to a degree in sports coaching science.

He played for the University’s basketball first team, helping it win the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) basketball championship five years in a row, and played for the Worcester Wolves professional side for seven years.

He said the University has really helped hone his skills by bringing in experienced American players as coaches to the University team.

Now working as a personal trainer and tutor, he continues to play for the Worcester Bears, a non-professional West Midlands league side.

He has been representing Wales for the last 15 years.

Damian, 26, of Harrow London, played for the University first team and the Worcester Wolves team for three years and has been playing for Wales since he was 22.

Now a teacher, he did a joint honours degree in Sports Coaching Science and Physical Education.

The tournament, in Moldova, runs until July 3 and the Welsh team plays its first game of the championships in Chisinau against Andorra on Tuesday, June 28.

As part of Group B they also face Armenia and Moldova.

Teams need to finish in the top two places to give them the chance to compete in the semi-finals.

This comes after Alex Radu, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Basketball at the University of Worcester and Assistant Coach to the Worcester Wolves basketball team, was appointed the Assistant Coach of the Wales squad.