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ZagNative
04-22-2017, 01:21 PM
http://www.fiba.com/world/u19/2017/news/tillie-excited-to-re-unite-with-magical-french-generation

Hooray FIBA! Basketball in the summer.


SPOKANE (FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017) - Killian Tillie is very excited about the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017. The forward can hardly wait to re-unite with the France teammates who last year completed the FIBA U16-U18 European Championship double.

Tillie was the MVP of the FIBA U16 European Championship 2014 as France won their first U16 continental title since 2004. The Cagnes-sur-Mer native played for France’s U18 team the next summer as a bottom level player but got injured during the FIBA U18 European Championship 2015 and only appeared in three games.


"It’s a big championship. I really want to be part of it with this amazing team, this amazing generation for France. I really want to play with them. I think we can really do something in Egypt if we are complete and we play like they did in December and two years ago."Killian Tillie

Then last year’s U18 European tournament was postponed from summer to December and Tillie could not compete since he was in the United States playing for Gonzaga University.

But Tillie’s 1998-born generation of French stars won the U18 title - the country’s first at that age since 2006 - and booked their ticket for Cairo 2017.

"It’s a big championship. I really want to be part of it with this amazing team, this amazing generation for France," said Tillie. "I really want to play with them. I think we can really do something in Egypt if we are complete and we play like they did in December and two years ago."

Teams Participating:
http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Tillie/2017-04-22%20Killian%20Tillie%20FIBA%20teams_zpsyzl3bbms.j pg

So Rui and Killian will both be busy the first couple of weeks of the month of July. Schedule for Games (http://www.fiba.com/world/u19/2017/fullschedule)

John Calipari has been named coach for the USA team, which will hold the training camp to select the team for Cairo 2017 from June 18-25 at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

ZagNative
04-22-2017, 02:32 PM
Another FIBA Story, this one about both Killian and Rui, posted by David Hein (http://www.fiba.com/news/fiba-u19-basketball-world-cup-will-help-tillie-hachimura-take-next-step-after-gonzaga-ride)

My God, Killian was skinny back then!


FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup will help Tillie, Hachimura take next step after Gonzaga ride

http://www.fiba.com/images.fiba.com/Graphic/d/5/b5/AnMa1YNfhUi1maq2dGLvkw.jpg?v=20170420153806673

Killian Tillie - here playing for France at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2015 - will be a major leader for France at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017.

REGENSBURG (David Hein’s Eye on the Future) - French and Japanese fans will be closely watching the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 as two players with bright futures playing far from home will take the next step in their development.

Killian Tillie and Rui Hachimura helped Gonzaga University reach the final of the 2017 NCAA Tournament with the Frenchman Tillie knocking down two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to secure the win in the Semi-Finals.

Tillie will be extra motivated to play for France in Cairo as he suffered another injury during the FIBA U18 European Championship 2015 - playing in just three of the games before sitting on the bench frustrated in Volos.

Adding Tillie’s versatility to the French team will make them a dangerous squad in Cairo. French coach Herve Coudray will surely come up with plenty of ways for Tillie to grow and develop. While there are questions if France’s star point guard Frank Ntilikina will play in Cairo - as he is expected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft - the European U18 champions are still expected to be one of the major title contenders as they return to the U19 global stage for the first time in eight years.

Tillie will be well served as well as he plays a leadership role after averaging 12.3 minutes in his first season at Gonzaga, collecting 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 steals in that time.

The Zags will need Tillie to step up next season as well as Gonzaga are losing a number of key players from the team that reached the NCAA title game. Przemek Karnowski, Jordan Matthews, Nigel Williams-Goss and Zach Collins all will be leaving Spokane - either through graduation or early entry into the NBA Draft.
While the Gonzaga fans know more or less what they can expect from Tillie, Hachimura is almost an unknown commodity after playing very little in his freshman season - just 4.6 minutes in 28 of the 39 games, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds.

But the Gonzaga coaching staff love the Sendai native and believe Hachimura will take off next season - especially since he has become comfortable speaking English after struggling to understand his teammates and coaches during his first year in Washington.

The FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup will be huge for Hachimura, who essentially was a practice player all season - playing more than eight minutes just twice all season and not once during the 2017 calendar year.

Japanese basketball leaders are hoping Hachimura can make the jump to a senior player in time to play at the 2020 Olympics - if not earlier. Because of his good size, Hachimura has always played more of a power forward or center for Japanese national teams or his high school. But expect him to play more small forward in Cairo - which is closer to the long-term position for him with the senior team. That is also how Gonzaga have been and play on playing him when he returns.

Gonzaga fans will also be watching the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup anxious to see what their two Zags players do - knowing they will need big contributions from them next season to come close to the success of this past season.

But Zags fans have had Tillie and Hachimura around them all season. After being away from their homelands for a full season, now it’s time for the French and Japanese basketball communities to enjoy their young hopefuls again - not to mention the world basketball fans.

Radbooks
04-22-2017, 02:54 PM
Thanks, ZagNative!!

CDC84
04-22-2017, 08:36 PM
I hope that the finger has healed and that he continues to stay healthy. The one downside with players who play as hard as he does is that they tend to get hurt more frequently. I mean, I realize the finger issue was some sort of freak thing, but I just hope he stays healthy. Man is he going to be needed in a big way for Gonzaga next season. He needs to make that freshman to soph Gonzaga jump than fans are used to.

kitzbuel
04-22-2017, 09:31 PM
Another FIBA Story, this one about both Killian and Rui, posted by David Hein (http://www.fiba.com/news/fiba-u19-basketball-world-cup-will-help-tillie-hachimura-take-next-step-after-gonzaga-ride)

My God, Killian was skinny back then!
Hard to believe it is the same kid.

azzagfan
04-25-2017, 04:58 AM
I plan to attend some of this event this summer. Glad to see 2 Zags will be there.

gon2mt
04-26-2017, 08:14 AM
Who will be the fourth team in France group? How is that determined?

Zagdawg
04-26-2017, 09:53 AM
Interviews with the Tillie, Rui and Larsen

Good to hear that Larsen is going to stay in Spokane and rehab over the summer to make sure that he is ready to go--

http://www.heinnews.com/basketball/nba/taking-the-charge-podcast-241-killian-tillie-rui-hachimura-jacob-larsen-of-gonzaga/