October 14 - British Basketball is heading in the right direction as it approaches London 2012, Performance Director Chris Spice (pictured) claimed after the sport's annual debrief.


Spice was joined by performance staff as they reflected on the last 12-months of the men's campaign, which included Britain's first appearance at the European Championships since 1981.


Britain lost all three of its matches but were up against Spain and Serbia, the eventual champions and runners-up, and Slovenia, who reached the semi-finals.


They were also without Luol Deng, their star player from the Chicago Bulls who was recovering from a stress fracture.


While various facets were covered off in the debrief a significant amount of time was spent focusing on a performance plan for each player; relating to their current playing environment and where British Basketball expects them to be by the time they meet again in the next international window.


Spice said: "The men's team debrief has proved again to be a valuable part of our programme.


"The time spent going through in detail each and every part of our preparation programme from scheduling, coaching, scouting, team administration, sport science and medicine and most importantly, performance at the EuroBasket tournament.


"We have key areas where we need to improve and a performance plan has already been agreed with [coach] Chris Finch and myself for the coming off-season.


"The competitive element of that plan will no doubt be impacted on by the tournaments we are scheduled to play next season.


"A wild card into the FIBA World Championships would be of great benefit to the team's Olympic 2012 preparation.


"If we are unsuccessful then the EuroBasket Qualifiers will be the important focus for 2010."


The draw for the 2010 FIBA World Championship will take place in Istanbul on December 15.