On my work trip to Bilbao, Spain - I had the chance to visit GB Men's International player Devon Van Oostrum and ask him few questions about EuroBasket Qualification Draw, GB Basketball funding cut and his time in Spain.
Very busy and dramatic 24 hours or so for British Basketball earlier this week, firstly the draw for EuroBasket 2015 qualification in Barcelona - where Team GB were placed into a three team group with Iceland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Especially Bosnia is a team that Devon knows much about, and has played with some of the players and coach. Iceland is a bit lesser known factor - but despite everything, qualification to Ukraine 2015 is the only goal for DVO and GB team.
Before the fans really got to digest the draw results, the second news of the week came in the form of UK Sport withdrawing all funding from the GB Basketball program. I am sure one could talk for hours about the rights and wrongs about the decision, as has been widely done by the basketball community in the UK (thanks for totally spamming my Twitter/FB timelines over the last day or so ;-) ). Hear what Devon has to say about it, especially after his age group finally gave the GB U20's promotion to the A-division last summer.
Lastly - how does he rate his own performances here in Spain this season, one year older, one more year in the same team..
Thanks for Devon for taking time to catch up last night, before the team tonight fly off to their Cup game - and next time.. if there are two cathedrals in the city you live in, please specify which one we should meet by :-) Oh - and I'll see you in April/May time again, hopefully a game and some cooking to be done that time around!