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  1. #21
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    That Luol Deng just finished his eighth NBA season is one of the myriad factors that makes me feel older than homemade dirt.

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  2. #22
    John Calipari has named his preliminary squad for the Dominican Republic and he even managed to include one of his own players and possible future recruiting:
    http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/new...1684/arti.html

    Edgar Sosa, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy), Louisville
    Manuel Quezada, Leon (Spain), San Francisco
    Ronald Ramon, Limeira (Brazil), Pittsburgh
    Gerardo Suero, Albany
    Juan Coronado, Domingo Paulino Santiago (Dominican Republic)
    Luis Flores, Budivelnyk Kiev (Ukraine), Manhattan
    Victor Liz, North Jersey Pros (Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League
    Manuel Fortuna, Leones de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
    Dagoberto Pena, Marshall
    James Feldeine, Breogan (Spain), Quinnipiac
    Sammy Mejia, CSKA Moscow (Russia), DePaul
    Ricky Greer, Strasbourg IG (France), Pittsburgh
    Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings, Louisville
    Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons, UConn
    Eulis Baez, Joventut Badalona (Spain), Western Illinois
    Jack Michael Martinez, Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela), Artesia High School (California)
    Alejandro Salas, Capitanes de la Bahia (Dominican Republic), East Oklahoma State (JC)
    Eloy Vargas, Kentucky
    Orlando Sanchez, Monroe (JC)
    Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Florida
    Josh Asselin, Assignia Manresa (Spain), Michigan
    Manuel Guzman, Cupes de los Pepines (Dominican Republic), Bemidji State (DII)
    Karl Towns, St. Joseph's High School (New Jersey)

  3. #23
    Here is Tunisia's preliminary squad:
    http://www.fibaafrica.com/index.php?...id=128&lang=en

    They will be in the same group as the United States and will meet in the second game.

    Radhouan Slimane, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Hamdi Braa, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Amine Rezig, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Marouene Kechrid, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Salah Mejri, Antwerp Giants (Belgium)
    Marouene Laghnej, JS Kairouan (Tunisia)
    Mohamed Amine Maghrebi, Ezzahra Sports (Tunisia)
    Mourad El Mabrouk, Ezzahra Sports (Tunisia)
    Lassaad Chouya, Club Africain Tunis (Tunisia)
    Mokhtar Ghayaza, Ezzahra Sport Rades (Tunisia)
    Makaram Ben Romdhane, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Zied Toumi, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Aymen Bouzid, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Nizar Kenioua, Stade Nabeulien (Tunisia)
    Mohamed Ali Ben Ammar, Toulouse (France)
    Sofiane M’rad, Cuesta (JC)

  4. #24
    Here is South Korea's final 12 players for the qualifying tournament, where they will at least face Russia and the Dominican Republic:
    http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=2289

    Credit to poster CKR13 at the Interbasket forums for a couple of teams that I was missing before.

    Dong-Geun Yang, Ulsan Mobis Phoebus (South Korea)
    Chan-Hee Park, Anyang KGC (South Korea)
    Tae-Sool Kim, Anyang KGC (South Korea)
    Sun-Hyung Kim, Seoul Knights (South Korea)
    Ho-Young Yoon, Wonju Dongbu Promy (South Korea)
    Hee-Jong Yang, Anyang KGC (South Korea)
    Eric Sandrin, Seoul Samsung Thunders (South Korea), Seattle Pacific (DII), also known as Seung-Jun Lee
    Dong-Wook Kim, Goyang Orions (South Korea)
    Jin-Soo Choi, Goyang Orions (South Korea), Maryland
    Jong-Kyu Kim, Kyung-Hee University (South Korea)
    Jong-Hyun Lee, Kyungbokgo High School (South Korea)
    Sek-Eun Oh, Anyang KGC (South Korea)

  5. #25
    Nick Horvath did not make the New Zealand preliminary squad for the the qualifying tournament as they prepare to face Angola and Macedonia. The lone naturalized player slot is now currently being held by ex-Northern Arizona player Casey Frank with ex-Georgetown player Kevin Braswell and Nick's Manawatu Jets teammate and ex-Oregon State player Marcel Jones trying to get citizenship in time to compete for a spot. Here is the rest of the squad, not including four young players there for the experience:
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/ta...ialists-named/

    Hayden Allen, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)
    Josh Bloxham, Nelson Giants (New Zealand)
    Everard Bartlett, Bay Hawkes (New Zealand)
    Isaac Fotu, Attending Hawaii in Fall
    Casey Frank, Wellington Saints (New Zealand), Northern Arizona
    Leon Henry, Otago Nuggets (New Zealand), Southern Idaho (JC)
    Jeremy Kench, Wellington Saints (New Zealand)
    Jarrod Kenny, Bay Hawks (New Zealand)
    Robert Loe, Saint Louis
    Morgan Natanahira, Bay Hawks (New Zealand)
    Alex Pledger, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand), Belmont Abbey (DII)
    Lindsay Tait, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)
    Jeremiah Trueman, Manawatu Jets (New Zealand), Alaska-Anchorage (DII)
    Mika Vukona, Nelson Giants (New Zealand)
    Tai Webster, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)

  6. #26
    Todd Zafirovski has reportedly already started training in Macedonia and most of the rest of the team is going to join in this week.


    China has been adding and cutting players over the course of the spring. Here are the 17 players they have right now:
    http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=2272

    China will be on the other side of the draw from the United States.

    Wang Zhizhi, Bayi Rockets (China), NBA (2001-2005)
    Yi Jianlian, Dallas Mavericks
    Zhang Zhaoxu (aka Max Zhang), Shanghai Sharks (China), Cal
    Su Wei, Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
    Han Dejun, Liaoning Dinosaurs (China)
    Wang Zhelin, Fujian Xunxing (China)
    Zhou Peng, Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
    Zhu Fangyu, Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
    Yi Li, Jiangsu Dragons (China)
    Zhang Bo, Bayi Rockets (China)
    Ding Jinhui, Zhejiang Bulls (China)
    Zhai Xiaochuan, Beijing Ducks (China)
    Liu Wei, Shanghai Sharks (China)
    Wang Shipeng, Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
    Chen Jianghua, Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
    Sun Yue, NBA (2008-2009)
    Guo Ailun, Liaoning Dinosaurs (China)

  7. #27
    Here is an article on Todd Zafirovski and his first few practices with the team. I would highly suggest running the article through a translator.
    http://www.basketball.org.mk/default...8033DBC63E4B4F

    Here was the preliminary squad that Macedonia called up. They will at least be playing Angola and New Zealand in their quest for one of the final three spots in the Olympics. Remember that they can only select one of the naturalized players (it should be obvious which five those are).

    Vlado Ilievski, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)
    Ognjen Stojanovski, MZT Skopje (Macedonia)
    Damjan Stojanovski, Lukoil Akademik (Bulgaria)
    Vojdan Stojanovski, Donetsk (Ukraine)
    Pero Antic, Olympiakos (Greece)
    Todor Gecevski, MZT Skopje (Macedonia)
    Gjorgi Cekovski, MZT Skopje (Macedonia)
    Predrag Samardziski, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
    Kiril Nikolovski, Feni Industries (Macedonia)
    Darko Sokolov, Feni Industries (Macedonia)
    Dime Tasovski, Lirija Skopje (Macedonia)
    Jane Petrovski, Rabotnicki (Macedonia)
    Aleksandar Kostoski, Kumanovo (Macedonia), on loan from Brasov (Romania)
    Ivica Dimceski, Torus Skopje (Macedonia)
    Dimitar Mirakovski, Rabotnicki (Macedonia)
    Marko Simonovski, Feni Industries (Macedonia)
    Gorjan Markovski, Torus Skopje (Macedonia)
    Bojan Trajkovski, Torus Skopje (Macedonia)
    Bojan Krstevski, Torus Skopje (Macedonia)
    Nikola Karakolev, Torus Skopje (Macedonia)
    Riste Stefanof, Ilysiakos (Greece)
    Todd Zafirovski, Duke
    Stojan Gjuroski, Lousiana Tech
    Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena (Italy), New Orleans
    Kennedy Winston, Oostende (Belgium), Alabama
    Jeremiah Massey, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia), Kansas State
    Darius Washington, Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico), Memphis
    Marques Green, Avelino (Italy), St. Bonaventure

  8. #28
    Venezuela has been assembling their squad in a piecemeal manner for the South American Championships and the Olympics qualifying that they will host. They have home-court advantage, but face Lithuania and Nigeria in a tough group. Here is the 29 player list they had from last month:
    http://www.fevebaloncesto.com/index....l-suramericano

    David Cubillán, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), Marquette
    Gregory Vargas, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Heissler Guillent, Lara Guaros (Venezuela)
    Jesús Centeno, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Greivis Vásquez, New Orleans Hornets, Maryland
    Jhornan Zamora, Valladolid (Spain)
    Rafael Pérez, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela)
    Dwight Lewis Padrón, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), USC
    John Cox, Le Havre (France), San Francisco
    Daniel Herrera, Duquesne
    Michael Flores, Miranda Panteras (Venezuela)
    José Vargas, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Oscar Torres, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Michael Carrera, Montrose Christian (Maryland)
    Anthony Pérez, Monteverde Academy (Florida)
    Jorge Rondón, La Guaira Bucaneros (Venezuela)
    Luis Valera, La Guaira Bucaneros (Venezuela), Texas Pan-American
    Juan Coronado, Palm Beach (JC)
    Francisco Centeno, Zulia Gaiteros (Venezuela)
    Luis Bethelmy, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Néstor Colmenares, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela), Campbellsville (NAIA)
    Jesús Urbina, Aragua Toros (Venezuela), George Mason
    Axiers Sucre, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    José Bravo, Guayana Gigantes (Venezuela)
    Héctor Romero, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), New Orleans
    Heberto Guanipa, St. Thomas(NAIA)
    Windi Graterol, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Gregory Echenique, Creighton
    Miguel Marriaga, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)

  9. #29
    Here is the Greek preliminary team for the qualifiers. Their group contains Puerto Rico and Jordan. Translation will be helpful on the link:
    http://www.basket.gr/press/article.asp?id=8169

    Antonis Fotsis, Emporio Armani Milan (Italy), NBA (2001-2002)
    Ioannis Bourousis, Emporio Armani Milan (Italy)
    Nikos Zisis, Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
    Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece), NBA (2006-2007)
    Kostas Sloukas, Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece)
    Giorgos Printezis, Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece), Drafted 58th by Spurs in 2007, rights traded to Raptors, Mavericks, then the Knicks
    Kostas Papanikolaou, Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece)
    Evangelos Mantzaris, Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece)
    Nick Calathes, Panathinaikos Athens (Greece), Florida
    Ian Vougioukas, Panathinaikos Athens (Greece), Saint Louis
    Kostas Kaimakoglou, Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
    Kostas Vasiliadis, Gescrap Bilbao (Spain)
    Dimitrios Mavroeidis, Gescrap Bilbao (Spain)
    Michael Bramos, Gran Canaria (Spain), Miami of Ohio

  10. #30
    Here is Nigeria's preliminary squad for the qualifiers, where they will face Lithuania and the hosts Venezuela. The federation does not appear to have a website, so this is from a newspaper:

    http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.p...ports&Itemid=5

    Olumide Oyedeji, Qingdao Eagles (China), NBA (2000-2003)
    Michael Eric, Temple
    Solomon Alabi, Toronto Raptors, Florida State
    Akin Akingbala, Nancy (France), Clemson
    Ike Diogu, Arecibo Captains (Puerto Rico), Arizona State
    Ejike Ugboaja, Jahesh Tarabar Qom (Iran), Drafted by Cavaliers 55th in 2006
    Ike Ofoegbu, Quintana Roo Pioneers (Mexico), SMU
    Ezenwa Ukeagu, Sparta Bertrange (Luxembourg), Washington State
    Anagonye Aloysius, Valladolid (Spain), Michigan State
    Koko Archibong, Giessen 46ers (Germany), Penn
    Al Farouk Aminu, New Orleans Hornets, Wake Forest
    Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
    Ekene Ibekwe, Bayreuth (Germany), Maryland
    Ade Dagunduro, Leuven Bears (Belgium), Nebraska
    Stanley Gumut, Customs Lagos (Nigeria)
    Derrick Obasohan, Caracas Crocodiles (Venezuela), Texas-Arlington
    Richard Oruche, Academica de Coimbra (Portugal), Illinois-Springfield (DII)
    Tony Skinn, Ironi Ashkelon (Israel), George Mason
    Usman Abubakar, Customs Lagos (Nigeria)
    Mike Ohiero, Royal Hoopers (Nigeria)
    Noruwa Agho, Columbia

  11. #31
    Todd Zafirovski has been included in a squad of 12 players heading to Lithuania for an exhibition on Saturday. A number of key players are not going along, but it should be a great experience for him if he can get to see the court. Marty Pocius probably will not be involved, even if Real Madrid finishes thing off on Wednesday.

  12. #32
    Does anyone know why there has not been more coverage of Todd Zafirovski playing with the Macedonian team? I would assume that someone on staff is in contact with him and we would be able to get more firsthand English-language news.

    Apparently he made his national team debut today in their loss to Russia as the four European teams fighting for qualification are all playing in Lithuania this weekend. Apparently he is wearing number 12. I am still looking for a boxscore or more information. Russia is playing their full strength team while Macedonia is still waiting for some of the stars to be available. Next up is Lithuania on Saturday.

  13. #33
    Here is the Dominican Republic's 12 man squad that will first compete for the Central American championship before trying to qualify for the Olympics:
    http://www.dominicanosenbasket.com/2...esto-2012.html

    Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Florida
    Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings, Louisville
    Eulis Baez, Joventut Badalona (Spain), Western Illinois
    Jack Michael Martinez, Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela), Artesia High School (California)
    Josh Asselin, Assignia Manresa (Spain), Michigan
    Ronald Ramon, Limeira (Brazil), Pittsburgh
    Gerardo Suero, Albany
    Juan Coronado, Domingo Paulino Santiago (Dominican Republic)
    Amaurys Fermin, Cal Poly-SLO
    Karl Towns, St. Joseph's High School (New Jersey)
    Manuel Guzman, Cupes de los Pepines (Dominican Republic), Bemidji State (DII)
    Manuel Fortuna, Leones de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

    Here is Argentina's 15 man preliminary squad as they are in the same group as the United States and are a likely challenger to move on to the next round:
    http://www.cabb.com.ar/noticia_ficha.php?id=5852

    Pablo Prigioni, Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain)
    Nicolas Laprovittola, Lanus (Argentina)
    Facundo Campazzo, Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
    Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
    Carlos Delfino, Milwaukee Bucks
    Paolo Quinteros, Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
    Andres Nocioni, Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain), NBA (2004-2012)
    Hernan Jasen, Banca Civica Sevilla (Spain)
    Marcos Mata, Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
    Luis Scola, Houston Rockets
    Federico Kammerichs, Flamengo (Brazil), Drafted 51st by Blazers in 2002
    Leonardo Gutierrez, Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
    Leonardo Mainoldi, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
    Juan Pedro Gutierrez, Obras Sanitarias (Argentina)
    Martin Leiva, Penarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina)

  14. #34
    Todd Zafirovski played for 2 seconds as Macedonia shocked Lithuania again 78-74 even though they were still missing a number of key players and did not have any naturalized players. Of note for Lithuania, Deividas Dulkys got the start, but did not do much, Linus Kleiza had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuania plays Greece tomorrow before being one of a number of teams headed to Houston for training. Macedonia will return home before heading to the Americas in preparation for Venezuela at the start of next month. Here is the boxscore:
    http://www.musukrepsinis.lt/public/f...Makedonija.pdf

    China and Australia played a three-game series last week with Australia sweeping all 3 games. Here are the live stats for those games:
    http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches...465awNYeHJ9Bo/
    http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches.../20Nj28oIyxPI/
    http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches...0/77r5w7L2H1s/

    Jordan was playing competitive games at the WABA Championships in an attempt to qualify for the Asian Championships while training for their Olympic qualifiers. Here are the boxscores to their games:
    http://www.fibaasia.net/PDFUpload/PDF01201261120156.PDF
    http://www.fibaasia.net/PDFUpload/PD...2612193443.PDF
    http://www.fibaasia.net/PDFUpload/PD...2613195728.PDF
    http://www.fibaasia.net/PDFUpload/PD...2614202956.PDF
    http://www.fibaasia.net/PDFUpload/PD...2615221231.PDF

  15. #35
    Puerto Rico has named a 12 player squad with 1 alternate for this week's Centrobasket, which features teams from Central America and the Caribbean. There may be changes between this squad and the one used later for Olympic qualifying.
    http://www.fbpur.org/masculina-adult...ket-masculino/

    J.J. Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves, Northeastern
    Andres Rodriguez, Obradoiro (Blu:sens Monbus) (Spain), American
    Filiberto Rivera, San German Athletics (Puerto Rico), UTEP
    Peter John Ramos, Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico), NBA (2004-2005)
    Daniel Santiago, Arecibo Captains (Puerto Rico), New Mexico and St. Vincent (NAIA)
    Angel Garcia, Granada (Spain), Memphis
    Ricky Sanchez, Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (Argentina), IMG Academy, Drafted 35th by Blazers in 2005, rights traded to Nuggets in 2005, traded to Sixers in 2007, and traded to Grizzlies in 2012
    David Huertas, Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico), Ole Miss
    Mike Rosario, Florida
    Alex Galindo, Guayama Wizards (Puerto Rico), Florida International
    Alexander Franklin, Mayaguez Indians (Puerto Rico)
    Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards (D-League), Siena

    Here are 13 players that Venezuela brought to Argentina last week in preparation for the South American Championships. They could still make some changes for the Olympics:
    http://www.fevebaloncesto.com/index....o-de-argentina

    Greivis Vásquez, New Orleans Hornets, Maryland
    Héctor Romero, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), New Orleans
    David Cubillán, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), Marquette
    Gregory Vargas, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Windi Graterol, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Jhornan Zamora, Valladolid (Spain)
    Miguel Marriaga, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    José Vargas, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Jesús Urbina, Aragua Toros (Venezuela), George Mason
    Axiers Sucre, Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    Michael Flores, Miranda Panteras (Venezuela)
    José Bravo, Guayana Gigantes (Venezuela)
    Jesús Centeno, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Gregory Echenique, Creighton

    Both of those tournaments started today. Venezuela used a balanced effort to beat Chile 86-61 and Uruguay pounded Bolivia 122-36. Brazil and Argentina are focusing on the Olympics and have sent weakened squads to compete. Brazil has no players from its Olympic squad and squeaked past Paraguay 67-63. Argentina has a couple of Olympic hopefuls but none of their big names as they beat Colombia 87-68. At Centrobasket, a relatively strong Jamaica team opened with a 91-61 win over Costa Rica, the Bahamas beat Cuba 80-68, and Mexico beat the US Virgin Islands 75-67. Puerto Rico used a number of players to beat Panama 92-60. These tournaments determine 8 spots in next summer's FIBA Americas tournament which will help determine who represents the continent in the next World Championships.

  16. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Dat View Post
    All four of these guys are LEGIT NBA players.

    Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas Mavericks
    Nicolas Batum, Portland Trailblazers
    Ian Mahinmi, Dallas Mavericks
    Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards

    If these 9 got used to playing with each other, they have the talent to win the whole thing, no question.
    Yeah, that's pretty impressive. Their NBA players alone could actually make up a decent NBA starting 5, with Diaw, Mahinmi and Turiaf providing frontcourt depth:

    6'2 PG - Tony Parker (18.2 PPG, 7.7 APG)
    6'8 SG - Nicolas Batum (13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
    6'6 SF - Mickael Pietrus (6.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
    6'9 PF - Kevin Seraphin (7.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
    C - Joakim Noah (10.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG)

    Those are probably significantly better and deeper NBA numbers than even Spain will have.

  17. #37
    Beaubois and Mahinimi are pretty much not going to be a part of the team and Pietrus is only one of the alternates. There are other post injuries and issues to deal with as Turiaf is still cheerleading for the heat and Noah is still trying to recover. With Ali Traore injured as well and first alternate Kim Tillie out, the team has dipped into the alternate pool and added one player according to this article:
    http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/new...1987/arti.html

    Now DeMarcus has two teammates, Fabien Causeur and future draft prospect Rudy Gobert, training with the French team.

  18. #38
    New Zealand has named their 12 for the qualifiers against Macedonia and Angola:
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/tall-bl...n-tall-blacks/

    Hayden Allen, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)
    Josh Bloxham, Nelson Giants (New Zealand)
    Everard Bartlett, Bay Hawkes (New Zealand)
    Casey Frank, Wellington Saints (New Zealand), Northern Arizona
    Leon Henry, Otago Nuggets (New Zealand), Southern Idaho (JC)
    Jarrod Kenny, Bay Hawks (New Zealand)
    Robert Loe, Saint Louis
    Alex Pledger, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand), Belmont Abbey (DII)
    Lindsay Tait, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)
    Jeremiah Trueman, Manawatu Jets (New Zealand), Alaska-Anchorage (DII)
    Mika Vukona, Nelson Giants (New Zealand)
    Tai Webster, Auckland Pirates (New Zealand)

    Spain has named 13 players to their squad and put it together in this handy PDF:
    http://www.feb.es/Documentos/Archivo...ELECCIONSM.pdf

    Jose Manuel Calderon, Toronto Raptors
    Sergio Rodriguez, Real Madrid (Spain), NBA (2006-2010)
    Victor Sada, FC Barcelona (Spain)
    Juan Carlos Navarro, FC Barcelona (Spain), NBA (2007-2008)
    Sergio Llull, Real Madrid (Spain), Drafted 34th by Nuggets in 2009, rights traded to Rockets
    Rudy Fernandez, Denver Nuggets
    Fernando San Emeterio, Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain)
    Victor Claver, Valencia (Spain), Drafted 22nd by Trailblazers in 2009
    Felipe Reyes, Real Madrid (Spain)
    Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
    Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
    Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Rafa Martinez, Valencia (Spain)

    It was the second day of action at Centrobasket and the South American Championships. Venezuela suffered a disappointing 90-87 loss to Argentina as Greivis Vasquez fouled out late after scoring 26 points. Brazil's weakened team barely survived again as they beat Uruguay 77-73, Chile beat Colombia 76-66, and Paraguay beat Bolivia 81-62. In Centrobasket action, John Calipari and the Dominican Republic opened with an 85-67 win over Mexico as Al Horford led the way. The other team trying to qualify for the Olympics, Puerto Rico, eventually rolled over the Bahamas 88-71. Jamaica beat the US Virgin Islands 80-64 and Cuba beat Nicaragua 80-47.

  19. #39
    The top 4 are set in South America after Venezuela defeated Colombia 101-66, Brazil beat Bolivia 95-46, Argentina beat Chile 88-64, and Uruguay beat Paraguay 82-70.

    Meanwhile at Centrobasket, the US Virgin Islands beat Costa Rica 92-64 and Panama beat the Bahamas 78-70. The two Olympic hopefuls are rounding into form as Al Horford continues to drive the Dominican Republic on with an 80-64 win over Jamaica and Puerto Rico pounded Nicaragua 107-67.

    As a reminder, several teams are making their way over to the United States to train. Great Britain, Russia, and Lithuania will all be in Houston and playing games over the weekend.

  20. #40
    Those in the Houston area can go see Great Britain face Nigeria for free at Houston Baptist University tonight at 7pm CDT. Some of these teams are more organized than others in planning these games.

    Macedonia has chosen its final 12 man squad that will travel to Atlanta, then Puerto Rico, and then Venezuela for the qualifiers. As expected, Todd Zafirovski did not make the final cut, although I suspect that they are still allowing him to return to the United States, even if it's not with the team. Here is their list:

    Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena (Italy), New Orleans
    Darko Sokolov, Feni Industries (Macedonia)
    Aleksandar Kostoski, Kumanovo (Macedonia), on loan from Brasov (Romania)
    Vlado Ilievski, Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)
    Marko Simonovski, Feni Industries (Macedonia)
    Damjan Stojanovski, Lukoil Akademik (Bulgaria)
    Vojdan Stojanovski, Donetsk (Ukraine)
    Pero Antic, Olympiakos (Greece)
    Gjorgi Cekovski, MZT Skopje (Macedonia)
    Todor Gecevski, MZT Skopje (Macedonia)
    Predrag Samardziski, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
    Kiril Nikolovski, Feni Industries (Macedonia)

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