USA Basketball has decided to drop Damian Lillard (190-PG-90, college: Weber St.), Chandler Parsons (206-F-88, college: Florida), Kyle Korver (201-F/G-81, college: Creighton) and Gordon Hayward (203-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) from its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. With the moves not expected to be revealed until later Saturday, USAB instead announced its final 12-man squad for Spain in a 1 a.m. ET news release, some four hours after completing a 112-86 exhibition rout of Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. Toronto's Demar DeRozan (201-F/G-89, college: USC) and Detroit's Andre Drummond (208-C-93, college: Connecticut), widely regarded as prime candidates to be left home at the start of the week, claimed the last two roster spots alongside starters Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke) (Cleveland), Stephen Curry (190-PG-88, college: Davidson) (Golden State), James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) (Houston), Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) (Denver) and Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) (New Orleans) and reserves Derrick Rose (190-G-88, college: Memphis) (Chicago), DeMarcus Cousins (211-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) (Sacramento), Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) (Golden State), Rudy Gay (203-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) (Sacramento) and Mason Plumlee (211-F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) (Brooklyn). Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the Puerto Rico game that he had concluded keeping at least five and "possibly six" big men was a must to get through the tournament, which calls for the Americans to play nine games between Aug. 30 and Sept. 14, including a potential championship game against a very large team in host Spain. Keeping Drummond, along with Cousins and Plumlee and starters Davis and Faried, gives Krzyzewski five legit bigs, which stretches to six if Gay, who easily can play power forward internationally, is included. Sources familiar with the selection process told ESPN.com that Dallas' Parsons in particular, thought to have a strong case to make the final 12-man roster after the withdrawal of Kevin Durant and the injury loss of Paul George, was unexpectedly squeezed out by USAB's desire to field as big a team as possible. That desire for added size, sources said, led to the surprise inclusion of Drummond over the likes of Parsons and sharpshooter Korver, while DeRozan's size and strength relative to most guards ultimately won out over Portland's Lillard. "Since taking over the USA Basketball men's national team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we've gone through," USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I can't stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent; each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing." Said Krzyzewski: "I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team." After flirting earlier this week with taking 13 or even 14 players to Spain for an extra week of evaluation, Krzyzewski announced after the Puerto Rico game that only 12 players would be on Saturday afternoon's flight. "We feel that it's better to go with 12 because that's really difficult on anybody if they're not going to be on the team to travel that far," Krzyzewski said. ESPN.com subsequently reported that Utah's Hayward was the first of the four players released to learn his fate. Sources say Hayward found out Friday morning after asking team officials directly before the Puerto Rico game, since it had become apparent that he had fallen behind others in Team USA's wing rotation. Lillard, DeRozan and Drummond, like Hayward, didn't play a single second against Puerto Rico. But Krzyzewski and Colangelo apparently had already decided that DeRozan and Drummond, two standouts in Wednesday night's victory over the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden, had shown enough to secure spots. Any doubts about Rose's participation were squelched by Krzyzewski in his postgame news conference. While acknowledging that "we need to see how Derrick reacts [physically]" after his 13-minute stint off the bench behind new starter Irving, Krzyzewski capped a week of coast-to-coast fretting about the court time Rose missed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by declaring that "I feel very confident about Derrick." "I think Derrick feels very confident," Krzyzewski added. "And these guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers." Krzyzewski contends that serving as a role player for Team USA, as opposed to waiting until Bulls training camp in October to aggressively launch his comeback after two serious knee injuries, is going to be a "huge, huge help for him." Final 12-man rosters for the World Cup aren't due until Aug. 29 -- the eve of the tournament's opening day -- but bringing only 12 players overseas should tone down some of the drama that has enveloped this group throughout a chaotic two months in which Durant, Kevin Love (208-PF-88, college: UCLA), Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge (211-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA) withdrew from participation before George suffered a catastrophic compound leg fracture Aug. 1 in an intrasquad scrimmage. Losing all those big names, Krzyzewski said, has forced Team USA to "develop a new chemistry" in short order. It's a process that will continue throughout each of the Americans' five games in pool play in Group C, given the group's lack of collective international experience. Gay had a minor role on the 2010 world championship-winning squad but didn't join this team until mid-August as Durant's 11th-hour replacement. Yet he forced his way into the chosen dozen anyway, like DeRozan and Drummond. "Rudy keeps getting better," Krzyzewski said. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers groups confirmed - 3 months ago
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The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the c... [read more]
The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the challenge to be among the 12 teams from the region that will qualify to play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The 32 teams will consist of the 24 national sides competing at FIBA EuroBasket 2017, as well as 8 of the 13 teams that have registered to play in the Pre-Qualifiers. The groups for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers are as follows:
Group A: Bosnia, Sweden, Slovakia, Armenia Group B: Netherlands, Austria, Albania Group C: Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo Group D: Belarus, Bulgaria, Portugal.
Following the six days of action, the top two teams from each group will earn their spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, with the first window taking place from 20-28 November 2017.The teams will play all other teams in their group on a home-and-away basis with all games taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 19 August 2017. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Executive Committee approves bidding process for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 - 9 months ago
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FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries [read more]
FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries. Moving forward with the process, FIBA will send requests for expression of interest to all of its national member federations this month. Those wishing to be taken into consideration must confirm their interest by 31 August. Following the Applicant Phase and the Candidate Phase, FIBA's Central Board will ultimately announce the host (s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at its end-of-year meeting in 2017. The Executive Committee received reports on the status of FIBA's regional offices. It gave the green light to the construction of new headquarters for FIBA Africa in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, while also approving the project of establishing operation offices of FIBA in Singapore to assist more directly the development of ASEAN countries. With regards to FIBA's new competition system, the Executive Committee was informed that all regional offices have taken part in workshops with national federations ahead of its implementation in 2017. In parallel, as part of the FIBA National Federations Long-Term Development programme, more than 100 national federations have been visited and this number will reach 150 by the end of the year. Following every visit, a customised development strategy is proposed to each national federation, with the aim of implementing concrete development tools/programmes in collaboration with the national basketball governing body concerned. The goal is to develop the national federations' event management capacities, marketing and communication skills - as well as the technical level of national teams and the necessary work with grassroots - in order to help them maximise the impact of their participation in the new competition system and achieve a sustainable long-term growth. Finally, the Executive Committee approved a process to replace Mr Xiao Tian (China) and Mrs Julia Anikeeva (Russia) as members of the FIBA Central Board. Courtesy of: fiba.com
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Ben... [read more]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.
The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.
The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide, Stanley Okoye and Michael Umeh.
Among the fifteen players outside the twelve gold-medal winners in 2015 in Tunisia with making a return to the Nigerian side while others are being called up for the first time as Nigeria looks for a better outing in RIO.
These fifteen with only two from the Nigerian domestic league includes, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.
Nigeria head coach, Will Voigt promised to make history with Nigeria in RIO by ensuring that the team makes it out of the group stage of the Olympics.
Coach Voigt will be expected to bring his magic wand to bear as the African champion makes its second appearance at the basketball event of the Olympics having gone through a more tedious qualification to be at the London 2012 Games as they are paired against some of the World best in the game.
Ranked 25 in world Nigeria four known group-B opponents are in the top-ten bracket in the world ranking with Spain (2), Lithuania (3), Argentina (4) and host Brazil (9) as it await a fifth opponent who is to emerged from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Nigeria will open it RIO campaign against Argentina on August 7th, Lithuania on 9th, Spain on the 11th, the third nation that would emerged at the OQT on the 13th and host Brazil on the 15th.
The Nigerian side will open its preparation in July in the United States of America; the team will make a trip to China where it will participate in the Stankovic Cup and possible warm-up games against Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and the USA before moving to RIO on August 2nd.
Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad for RIO Olympics: Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide Stanley Okoye, Michael Umeh, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell. Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.)
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