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    2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (non-USA teams)

    With news filtering in from the other 23 countries, I figured it would be a good time to start a new thread.

    Earlier, Finland named their preliminary squad, meaning Alex Murphy could meet his former coach:
    http://www.basket.fi/maajoukkueet/joukkueet/miehet/

    Today, Lithuania announced their 24 man preliminary squad. Unsurprisingly, Marty Pocius is on the list, meaning he could also face his former coach, which seems to happen every two years.
    List:
    http://www.musukrepsinis.lt/public/f...galutinis).pdf
    Alternates:
    http://www.musukrepsinis.lt/public/f...galutinis).pdf

    By July, every team should have a list of 24 players, with the final 12 man rosters pretty much definitely coming from those lists (replacements can be made, but the team is subject to a fine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    With news filtering in from the other 23 countries, I figured it would be a good time to start a new thread.

    Earlier, Finland named their preliminary squad, meaning Alex Murphy could meet his former coach:
    http://www.basket.fi/maajoukkueet/joukkueet/miehet/
    Wow, who knew that Alex Murphy was 206 pituus? And with a late syntynyt too. But there's no way that Finn team's valmennusjohto matches up with Team USA's.

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    France has named a 24 player preliminary squad:
    http://www.ffbb.com/une-preselection-de-24-joueurs-0

    As expected, Tony Parker is planning on resting this summer and not participating. This is a big deal because they are probably the biggest threat to Spain on the host's side of the bracket, but will be less of one without their star.

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    Naming a 15 player preliminary squad is Angola, which is on the same side of the bracket as the United States, but not in the same group.
    http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/14/...1/article.html

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    Lots of teams are starting to take shape. Andray Blatche made his way to the Philippines to complete his naturalization.

    Some teams like South Kore and Slovenia are having a slightly flexible approach to their preliminary rosters.

    One team that has released their list is Serbia, although they will presumably need to cut it down soon:
    http://fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/14/wcm/...8/article.html

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    i thought this FIFA RANT by john oliver was on point...
    "Either they're going down, or we are! Kirk out!"

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    We seem to have Coach K vs Marty Pocius every other year. This summer brings the chance of a Coach K vs Alex Murphy game. Also possible is a Coach K vs Nick Horvath game. Nick was named to a New Zealand training camp in two weeks:
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/24...-camp-in-july/

    Hopefully Nick gets a full fair shot this summer at being the naturalized player for the team. Casey Frank is the other naturalized player at this camp and it remains to be seen whether another option might present itself.


    Other teams are in various stages of preparation and squad naming. Some teams have partial lists and others are starting to make early cuts.

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    Croatia has announced their 24 man preliminary squad:
    http://www.hks-cbf.hr/index.php/comp...iju-za-sp-2014

    Dontaye Draper, their usual naturalized player was injured at the end of the club season, so Oliver Lafayette is included to give the team another option. Early in the year, Nolan Smith was considered as a possibilility with the national team coach also being his club coach, but now he has bigger things to take care of for himself.

    In theory there is some sort of deadline that should get us all the preliminary squads in the next week, but that may not happen in a public forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    Croatia has announced their 24 man preliminary squad:
    http://www.hks-cbf.hr/index.php/comp...iju-za-sp-2014

    Dontaye Draper, their usual naturalized player was injured at the end of the club season, so Oliver Lafayette is included to give the team another option. Early in the year, Nolan Smith was considered as a possibilility with the national team coach also being his club coach, but now he has bigger things to take care of for himself.

    In theory there is some sort of deadline that should get us all the preliminary squads in the next week, but that may not happen in a public forum.
    OMG, you have warn us about spoilers! I'm still not caught up with season 4!

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    With some teams already making a few cuts to their rosters, Spain has decided to do everything at once and name their 12 man roster, with a couple of extra players along for training purposes only. 10 players were on the Olympic team, with Ricky Rubio returning to take the place of the less useful Victor Sada and Alex Abrines injecting some youth into the team in place of Fernando San Emeterio. With this experienced squad competing on home soil, they have to be considered the favorites to challenge the United States for the title even though they will have an extremely tough road to get there.
    Here is the article from the federation:
    http://www.feb.es/2014/7/1/baloncest...ndo/54571.aspx

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    The latest team to release a preliminary roster is Turkey, which is in the same group as the United States. Emir Preldzic is the naturalized player listed here as for now it appears that Keith Langford may not be able to use Turkish citizenship to avoid the foreign player limit in the domestic league.
    List:
    http://www.tbf.org.tr/docs/default-s...4.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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    Also announcing a preliminary squad is Senegal:
    http://site.fibaafrica.com/index.php...ar-cheick-sarr

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    Nick Horvath will continue to battle with Casey Frank to be New Zealand's naturalized player as the squad was trimmed ahead of the team's first exhibitions:
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/vu...against-korea/

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    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    Nick Horvath will continue to battle with Casey Frank to be New Zealand's naturalized player as the squad was trimmed ahead of the team's first exhibitions:
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/vu...against-korea/
    And I'm sure Nick's lighting it up in the pre-season games! (He always does...)

    -jk
       

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    Greece has named a pretty weak 16 man preliminary squad:
    http://www.fiba.com/basketballworldc...nters-senior-s

    I was going to post the original Greek article, but it seemed not particularly productive.

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    Australia named their preliminary squad:
    http://www.basketball.net.au/stars-h...orld-cup-camp/

    Obviously the loss of Mills will hurt them. They are a possible knockout round opponent for the United States.


    Nick Horvath and New Zealand played their first exhibition game against South Korea. Nick's competition for the naturalized player spot was injured, so he got the chance to play. He finished with 7 points in 13 minutes in a 102-69 win. Ex-Wisconsin player Kirk Penney, the star of the team, had 17 points and ex-NAIA player Corey Webster had 15 points and 6 assists. In the loss, the Korean naturalized player, ex-Richmond player Jarod Stephenson aka Moon Tae-Jong, had 14 points.

    Here is a news article about Nick:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news...ectid=11293336

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    Nick Horvath picked up a back injury after the first game and was left out of the squad for the second game with South Korea, which they lost 76-75. The other naturalized player candidate, Casey Frank recovered enough from his injury to score 2 points in 19 minutes. The same two players led the team again as Corey Webster had 20 points and Kirk Penney had 19 points. Moon Tae-Jong/Jarod Stevenson had 21 points as he makes his own case to be included as a naturalized player for South Korea. Hopefully Nick can get healthy for the next exhibition.

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    Nick Horvath was not quite recovered enough to play in the third game against South Korea, which New Zealand 89-81. Casey Frank took up the naturalized player spot again and had 6 points in 13 minutes. It was mainly the same cast of characters for both teams as Kirk Penney had 26 points and Corey Webster had 11 points with ex-Washington State player Thomas Abercrombie adding 14 points. Moon Tae-Jong/Jarod Stevenson had 13 points. The key now is for Nick to get healthy enough to continue with the team as they go abroad in their next set of exhibitions.

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    Nick Horvath is among the 14 players moving on with New Zealand to the next stage of training. He is still in competition with Casey Frank for that naturalized player spot.
    http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/tall-blacks-name-14/

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    More teams are working hard in their preparations now with exhibition games starting for many teams. Four teams are playing a mini-tournament in Slovenia, with the hosts and Ukraine preparing for Spain, Georgia preparing for qualifiers, and Canada playing for the future.

    A full strength Georgia team beat Ukraine in the first game 70-62, although Mike Fratello did balance minutes for a lot of players. In the win, Viktor Sanikidze, the 42nd pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 2004 before a draft day trade to the San Antonio Spurs, had 19 points and 8 rebounds, Tornike Shengelia, who just exited the NBA, had 12 points, and Zaza Pachulia, who still gets to carry the torch for the other Georgia in the NBA, 10 points and 7 rebounds. Ukraine's naturalized player, ex-Portland player Pooh Jeter, had 14 points as he only played 16 minutes.
    Boxscore:
    http://www.kzs.si/index.php?id=114&game_id=2931386&league_id=undefin ed&season_id=89101#mbt:33-400$t&0=1

    The hosts took on Canada with both teams missing players, winning 92-80 without Goran Dragic. For Canada, ex-Michigan player Jevohn Shepherd, who has been a journeyman in Europe, had 11 points. A trio of young NBA players also chipped in as Cory Joseph had 11 points and Andrew Nicholson and Kelly Olynyk had 10 points each.
    Boxscore:
    http://www.kzs.si/index.php?id=114&game_id=2931388&league_id=undefin ed&season_id=89101#mbt:33-400$t&0=1

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