Wednesday 21 August 2019

We will miss Donaghy, admits Irish coach Strickland

Kieran Donaghy. Photo: Sportsfile
Kieran Donaghy. Photo: Sportsfile
Barry Lennon

Barry Lennon

Ireland basketball coach Pete Strickland admits he will miss Kieran Donaghy's influence as his team prepare for the men's European Championship for Small Countries.

The American had named the Kerry full-forward in a provisional squad for the competition in San Marino but gave up the chase for the Austin Stacks clubman on hearing of his footballing exploits.

"I came over last August for training and opened up the Irish Independent to find, in what was supposed to be autumn of his career, Kieran Donaghy had enjoyed an Indian summer. I said, 'Well, we're not going to get him for another year,'" he says.

Strickland has plenty of worthy players in his side however, with 10 men from the Super League assisted by Cork man Jordan Blount (University of Illinois) and surprise inclusion Taiwo Badmus (University of Virginia, Wise).

The former Neptune player-manager discovered a highlights video online of the Nigerian-born Badmus, who lived in Dublin for much of his childhood before moving to London.

Ireland kick off their campaign against Malta this afternoon before their other group game with Andorra.

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