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Sears Earns Great Britain Roster Spot

Justin Sears (Keenan Hairston photo)
Justin Sears (Keenan Hairston photo)

Named To Preliminary Roster For EuroBasket 2017 Qualification Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Justin Sears '16 is one of 24 players named to Great Britain's preliminary roster for this summer's EuroBasket 2017 Qualification Games. Sixteen of the 24 will attend training camp in early August with those names released at a later date.

Sears, who signed a professional contract with Germany's Giessen 46ers in June, graduated as one of Yale's all-time greatest players. He is the only two-time Ivy League Player of the Year award winner in school history and is among the school's career leaders in points (3rd, 1,700), rebounds (4th, 818), blocks (2nd, 200) and free throws made (2nd, 475). In addition, he earned first team All-Ivy recognition in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, becoming just the third three-time first team selection in school history and the first since Chris Dudley (1985-87).

As a senior, Sears helped guide the Bulldogs to one of the most memorable seasons in their long history. Yale won 23 games, the most since 1906-07, captured the Ivy League title for the second straight year and knocked off Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the first NCAA victory in school history.

Following the season, Sears was invited to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I College All-Star game at the Final Four in Houston. He also attended the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational.

During Sears' career, the Bulldogs won 78 games, the most in any four-year stretch since 1908, and posted a 41-15 Ivy mark, one win shy of the best four-year Ivy stretch in school history.

Sears, a political science major, also made his mark off the court. In February he was named a finalist for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in men's basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Also among the 24 players named is Ben Gordon, who recently completed his 11th NBA season and played collegiately at UConn.

Sears could be one of two Yalies playing in the EuroBasket 2017 Qualifying Games. Rising junior Makai Mason is currently training with the German National Team.

Great Britain players and coaching staff come together at a training camp in Portugal in early August. GB will play preparation games against Germany and Portugal and then head to Slovenia a week later. Preparation will be completed in Manchester, where there will be a home game against the Netherlands on August 27th. 

The EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers begin with a trip to Hungary on Wednesday August 31.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity