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Irish Squad - Profiles

No. Name  Height Pos.  Club/College

4 Michael Bree  183  Guard  Davidson, NC
5 Billy Donlon  188  Guard  N.C. Willmington
6 Adrian Fulton  180  Guard  Thorn Killester, Dublin
7 Damien Sealy 193  Guard  Thorn Killester, Dublin
8 Jon Larranaga 198  Forward George Mason, USA
9 Jay Larranaga 195  Guard  Olympia Milano,Italy
10 Tim Kennedy  195  Forward Ovarense, Potugal
12 Jim Moran  198  Forward William & Mary, VA
13 Mick Richardson 195  Forward Teikyo Post, CT
14 Dan Callahan 203  Centre Avelino, Italy
15 Mike Mitchell  198  Forward MTV1846 Geissen, Germany

Coach:   Bill Dooley
Asst. Coach   Gerry Fitzpatrick
Manager   Deirdre Clinkscales
Physio:   Margaret Ryan

Head of Delegation:  Scott McCarthy

Michael Bree 
Year of Birth: 1980 
Place of Birth: Sligo 
Height: 6' 
Position: Point Guard 
Club: Davidson College, US (NCAA D1) 
Caps: 12 
Career to date: 
Bree was only the second Irish player to be directly recruited to a D1 college in the US. The Sligo hot shot wowed the US scouts with his MVP winning performances for the Irish Junior Men in the European Championships in 1997, earning him a call up to the prestigious Nike camp for the most talented players in Europe. Davidson came calling after that and Bree was North Carolina bound. He has just finished the third full year of his scholarship and will start next season as a Senior. He has played at Cadet, Junior and Senior level for Ireland and won the "ESB International Player of the Year Award" back in 1998. He Picked up a nasty ligament injury in the final game of the European Championships which kept him out of action all summer.  He also missed the start of the NCAA season, but he returned in December for the "Wildcats" and finally returned to form just before the end of the regular season. 

Mick Richardson

Year of Birth: 1977 
Place of Birth: Dublin 
Height: 6'4" 
Position: Guard/Forward 
Club: St. Vincent's/Teikyo Post 
Caps: 18 
Career to date: 
Mick started playing basketball back at the tender age of 
12 with his school and club St. Vincent's in Glasnevin. He was first capped for Ireland in 1997 at Senior level, having never played at Cadet or Junior level! He was selected to the All CACC conference team in 1998. 1999 and 2000. Richardson captained the Irish Senior Men in the European Championships qualifiers in May 2000. He broke his foot in September and missed the start of his last season with Teikyo, which was a major disappointment for the player who was chasing a leading scorer record. Returned to full action before Christmas but never really found his full fitness until towards the end of the NCAA season.

Jon Larranaga 
Year of Birth: 1979 
Place of Birth: Oakton, VA
Height: 6'6" 
Position: Forward 
Club: George Mason
Caps: none

Jon Larranaga is in his sophmore year at George Mason. He is the second son of head coach Jim Larranaga to play for his father at college  As a freshman he played in 26 games in his first season on the court for the Patriots, averaging 11.5 minutes per contest, 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He shot 27.7 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Was named CAA Scholar-Athlete that season. 

Dan Callahan

Year of Birth: 1970 
Place of Birth: US 
Height: 6'8"
Position: Centre/Power Foward 
Club: S.S. Scandone Aveillino (Italy)
Caps: 40
Career to date:
1996-97 Basketball Club Gent(Belgium)
1997-98 Montpellier Basket (France)
1997-08 Basket Rimini (Italy)
1998-99 Polisportiva Dinamo Sassari (Italian A2 League), 2000-01 S.S. Scandone Avellino (Italian A1 League).
Dan has been member of the Irish National Team since 1996, and was a key part of the '97 Euro Championships squad. He won the International Player of the Year in 1999. He missed the 2000 European Championships qualifiers because of a back injury. Dan is a hard worker, shows good attitude; he fights, dives on the court to steal a ball and knows how the team defense is. He is a great rebounder and has proved himself to be an invaluable member of the squad over the past few years.

Tim Kennedy 
Year of Birth: 1977 
Place of Birth: US 
Height: 6'6"
Position: Small Forward 
Club: Desportiva Ovarense (Portugal)
Caps: none 
Career to date: 
1995-1999 Loyola Marymount University
1999 Star of the Sea 
1999-2001 AD Ovarense (Portugal)
Kennedy played college ball at the Loyola Marymount University (1999). Signed for the 1999-00 season by Star of the Sea (Ireland), but after wowing the fans for just 5 weeks, he left in November to join AD Ovarense (Portugal) - where he is still playing. Won the 1999-00 Portuguese National Championship and League Cup. This is Kennedy's first outing with the Irish Senior Men. 

Jim Moran 
Year of Birth: 1979 
Place of Birth: Syosset, NY
Height: 6'7" 
Position: Forward 
Club: William & Mary
Caps: none
Jim Moran is just completing his Senior year at William & Mary. Moran was named second team All-CAA (Colonial Athletic  Association) for the second straight year. He is the Tribe's leading scorer in 2000-01, averaging 13. 7 points per game. He also leads the team in blocks (25) and steals (27) and is second in assists (64) and rebounding (5.2 rpg). Earlier this season Moran became the 24th William & Mary player to pass the 1,000-point mark. He is currently 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,313 points. He is also currently among the Tribe's all-time top-10 in three-point field 

Jay Larranaga 
Year of Birth: 1975 
Place of Birth: Oakton, VA
Height: 6'5"
Position: Shooting guard 
Club: Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (Italian A1 League)
Caps: 23 
Career to date: 
Played college ball at the Bowling Green University (1993-96.  He played the 1997-98 season in Italy with Basket Viola Reggio Calabria and the 1998-99 season in Greece at Peristeri BC. For the 1999-00 season has been signed by French team of ASVEL Villeurbanne where he was selected for the 1999-00 French League All Star Game. In 2000-01 he returned to Italy and Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (Italy). 

Adrian Fulton
Year of Birth: 1971 
Place of Birth: Belfast 
Height: 5'10" 
Position: Guard 
Club: Thorn Killester 
Caps: 45 
Career to date: 
"Fulty" began his basketball career at St. Malachy's Belfast - where he now coaches, leading his senior side to Cadbury Time - Out All Ireland success last year. His first International appearance was way back in 1991 against Wales in Cardiff and has represented Ireland at all age levels. With Star of the Sea he has won two ESB SuperLeague titles and three consecutive ESB National Championships titles. He was  "Senior Player of the Year" in 1997. Transferred to Thorn Killester this season and went on to win the League and cup double. 

Damian Sealy 
Year of Birth: 1971 
Place of Birth: Waterford
Height: 6'4" 
Position: Guard/small forward
Club: THORN Killester
Damien Sealy returns to the Senior Men's panel this season after his most successful domestic season to date. He captured the ESB League and Cup double with THORN Killester this season, and was one of their most consistent performers throughout the season - as well as one of the leading Irish players in the league. He rejoined THORN Killester after four years with Notre Dame where he won four cup medals - he is now the only player in the country to have won five straight cup medals - quite an achievement!  This year he crowned one of his best seasons to date with the league and cup double, plus the ESB Player of the Year award.

Billy Donlon 
Year of Birth: 1977 
Place of Birth: New York
Height: 6'2" 
Position: Point Guard
Club: none
University: University of North Carolina @ Wilmington
Caps: none

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