The winner of that group will qualify for the 2009 European Championship in Poland. Basketball's world governing body, FIBA, has ruled that a British team must qualify for the 2009 or 2011 Europeans in order to play at the 2012 Olympics.
British Basketball performance manager Ron Wuotila, a Duquesne director of basketball operations during the during the 2002-03 season, told the Associated Press:
- "The prospects are bright for our senior teams this summer due to the talent included on these squad lists. There are a number of younger players on the list who can contribute in the near term and are embarking on a 10-to-15-year career that will ideally include years of British representation."
Achara, who was named to the Great Britian team last summer, already has a few years of international experience playing on Scottish National Teams.
Since he was not selected to the final 12-man squad that took on Slovakia, the Netherlands, Albania and Belarus in late August, Achara got some early time with this season's Duquesne team in the four-game Labor Day stint in Canada.
Achara (Stirling, Scotland / Maine Central Institute) was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference's Student-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, and to the All-Academic Team for the third time. In 2004-05, Kieron was named the Atlantic 10's most improved player following his sophomore season.
Achara is 19th on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,240 points and second with 185 career blocks. Achara played 115 games, which ties him for second on Duquesne's all-time list.
This past season, as an integral member of Duquesne's first winning season (17-13) since 1993-94, Achara averaged 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game. Even with a couple post-game oral surgery sessions following blows to his mouth, Kieron played in all 30 games.
LINK: Complete list of 33 men's basketball selectees - 27 of the 33 played ball in the U.S.