BiG Storage Cheshire Jets star Phil Brandreth has hailed his international call-up as the pinnacle of his young career.
The 23-year-old from Ellesmere Port has been selected to play for the England Universities team after impressing coaches during tryouts in Nottingham.
Brandreth, who enjoyed a title-winning season playing for the University of Chester side, was expecting to make his international bow against Wales last night, after the Pioneer had gone to press, in a home nations tournament in Durham.
The 6ft 3ins former Whitby High School pupil will also be part of the squad that competes in the European Basketball Championships in June.
He said: “This is the best achievement of my career so far. I’m absolutely made up, it will be an honour to play for my country.
“I can’t wait to get started now, I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve spoken to the lads at the Jets and they’ve all told me ‘good job’.”
Brandreth, who took up basketball when he was a teenager, is in his third season at Jets having returned to the UK after studying in America for three years.
Jets head coach Paul Smith said: “Hopefully we’ll have more Phil Brandreths coming through, he can be an inspiration to younger lads in the area. He’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever come across.”
Jets, who lost 81-77 at home to play-off rivals Sheffield Sharks on Sunday, are away to Plymouth Raiders this Sunday (4pm).