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    Default 2019 World Cup June - July Qualifiers - Sabonis, Karnowski, Pangos, Olynyk, and Brown

    Canada, Poland, Lithuania, and Japan all have qualifier games coming up at the end of June and first of July.

    Canada Team Story:
    Eight NBA players headline Team Canada's stacked summertime roster

    The list of 18 training camp invitees include eight active NBA players.



    NBA champions Cory Joseph (Indiana Pacers) and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) front a list that includes Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Dillion Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), Khem Birch (Orlando Magic) and Chris Boucher (Golden State Warriors).
    The team will compete against China in the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT. They'll also play on Sunday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria before resuming their quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
    Canada will host the Dominican Republic on June 29th in Toronto and the U.S. Virgin Islands on July 2nd in Ottawa.
    he final player roster will be released at a later date.

    See the attached article for the full list of players invited to try out.

    Also See Team Canada's Website for their version of the story

    Canada's Standings in their Group in FIBA Americas:

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    Lithuania Team Story

    This pic doesn't show Domas in Lithuania green, but I loved it so much I had to post it here:



    Valanciunas and Sabonis back for Lithuania as Adomaitis announces 15-player squad

    VILNIUS (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers) - Expect to see a near full-strength Lithuania hit the floor in the June and July window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup European Qualifiers.

    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas and Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis are both on the 15-player squad which was presented to the public on Thursday by coach Dainius Adomaitis.

    The likes of Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Jonas Maciulis and Arturas Gudaitis are also set to bolster the already-intimidating front court, with Mantas Kalnietis and Lukas Lekavicius suring up the point guard position.

    "Our main goal is to get the players who are healthy and can come to the national team. There is no point in including more players just for the sake of competition," coach Adomaitis told the media.

    "We will narrow down the list to 13 players with one week before training camp starts. The first practice will take place on June 25."
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    Poland Team Story:



    Story is in Polish, so here are some Google translations:

    Mike Taylor has appointed a broad team, they are the heroes of the recent EBL finals!
    Polish basketball team coach Mike Taylor has given a wide squad for qualifying matches for the World Championships with Lithuania and Kosovo, which will take place at the turn of June and July.

    The representation window will start on June 21. The Poles will play in it on June 28 with Lithuania in Ergo Arena and on July 1 in Pristina with Kosovo.
    1. Aaron Cel, Polski Cukier Toruń
    2. Tomasz Gielo, Divina Seguros Joventut (Hiszpania)
    3. Karol Gruszecki, Polski Cukier Toruń
    4. Adam Hrycaniuk, Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra
    5. Przemysław Karnowski, Montakit Fuenlabrada (Hiszpania)
    6. Mateusz Kostrzewski, BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
    7. Łukasz Koszarek, Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra
    8. Damian Kulig, Banvit BC (Turcja)
    9. Grzegorz Kulka, Trefl Sopot
    10. Maciej Lampe, Qingdao Eagles (Chiny)
    11. Adam Łapeta, BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
    12. Kamil Łączyński, Anwil Włocławek
    13. Michał Michalak, Tecnyconta Saragossa (Hiszpania)
    14. Dominik Olejniczak, Ole Miss (Stany Zjednoczone)
    15. Marcel Ponitka, Asseco Gdynia
    16. Mateusz Ponitka, Iberostar Teneryfa (Hiszpania)
    17. Jakub Schenk, Polpharma Starogard Gdański
    18. A.J. Slaughter, Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne (Francja)
    19. Michał Sokołowski, Rosa Radom
    20. Adam Waczyński, Unicaja Malaga (Hiszpania)
    21. Mikołaj Witliński, Asseco Gdynia
    22. Jakub Wojciechowski, Anwil Włocławek
    23. Przemysław Zamojski, Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra
    24. Jarosław Zyskowski, Anwil Włocławek
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    Ira Brown's Japan Team Story

    Japan to face Korea in two friendlies before third window of Qualifiers

    TOKYO (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers) - Japan will warm up for their vital World Cup Qualifiers in the third international window by playing Korea in a couple of friendly games.

    The first clash will be on June 15 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium and then two days later they will meet at the Xebio Arena Sendai.

    The two sides last met at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon, a game Korea won, 81-68

    Each country is right now firmly focused on getting ready for the World Cup Qualifiers.

    Without a win after four Qualifiers games, the Japanese will host Australia on June 29 in Chiba and then play at Chinese Taipei on July 2 in Taipei in what is a crucial game for the Japanese against their East Asian rivals.

    For Japan to qualify for the second round, Philippines must beat Chinese Taipei on June 29 and in turn they have to beat Chinese Taipei on the 2nd of July by 2 points or more.

    Tickets for the game against the Australians will go on sale on May 19.
    Japan's Standings in the Qualifiers:

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    So, to start out, I've got these dates noted on my calendar: (Pay no attention to the game times shown - They default to 12:00 AM unless I take the time to find the real game time.)


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    Thanks for the great work on all of these, ZN.
    I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. - Jimmy V

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    JAPAN ANNOUNCES NEW TRYOUT ROSTER: Ira's out, Rui Hachimura and Nick Fazekas in.

    Hachimura, Fazekas, Watanabe to reinforce Japan for third window

    TOKYO (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers) - A few interesting and exciting names have been included in Japan's third window pool that are sure to excite their fans.

    With the stakes in the third window never higher than before, Japan are clearly pulling out all the stops to still qualify to the next round, calling up a new naturalized player and a couple of US NCAA players.

    (See the story for full trial roster)

    The most standout name on that list is undoubtedly that of 32-year-old Nick Fazekas, Japan's new naturalized player. Fazekas comes in replacing Ira Brown, who started playing for the Japanese in 2016. Fazekas brings with him a ton of size, as his 6ft 11in (2.10m) frame will definitely shore up the middle for the Akatsuki Five. He is also among the most decorated players in Japan's B.League, having been named Most Valuable Player in the 2016-2017 season and finishing the 2017-2018 season as the competition's best rebounder,

    Aside from him, however, Japanese fans will applaud the return of young NBA hopefuls Yuta Watanabe and Rui Hachimura to the national pool. Watanabe just finished his tenure at George Washington University and was a participant at the NBA Global Camp in Treviso, Italy a week ago. His size - 6ft 8in (2.03m) makes him a good option at the frontline for coach Julio Lamas, but he is also gifted with wingman skills that can make him cause mismatches against opposing guards.

    Hachimura, meanwhile, is one of the rising stars for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The athletic 6ft 8in (2.03m) former Japanese youth team member has blossomed into an impact player in the US NCAA, and he is expected to make a splash for Japan in the Asian Qualifiers.

    Nearly all of the players who played in the previous window are also returning, led by old reliables Makoto Hiejima, Joji Takeuchi and Ryusei Shinoyama. Key players who were sidelined by injury in the second window have also returned to the pool - star playmaker Yuki Togashi and high-flyer Yudai Baba.

    Japan are entering the third window in a precarious position, having lost all their games so far. They have, however, a chance to still advance if they win at least one game in the third window. The most crucial match will be against Chinese Taipei, which beat them in the previous window. If the Taipei quintet enter their game against Japan with just one win, Japan can still barge into the second round with a victory.
    Japan will host Australia at the Chiba Port Arena on 29 June and then go on the road to play Chinese Taipei at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium on 2 July.
    Another story in Japan Times
    Hachimura finished his second year with the Gonzaga Bulldogs this past season. The 203-cm athletic forward, who was named on the All-West Coast Conference first team for the 2017-18 campaign, is a player many believe could be drafted by an NBA club as early as next year.

    A total of 12 players will make the final cut before the two World Cup qualifying games, and it would be the first time for Hachimura to compete for the top-flight national team.

    I believe that with me and Nick having joined this team now, we are able to help the team in rebounding with our height,” said Hachimura, who was part of the Gonzaga team that advanced to the NCAA title game against the University of North Carolina in 2017, his freshman season.

    Fazekas, a Colorado native, surprised basketball fans here at the end of the B. League season in April by announcing he had become a Japanese citizen. The 210-cm former NBA player, who has played for the Kawasaki Brave Thunders for the last six years, won the scoring title and was the league MVP in the circuit’s inaugural 2016-17 season.

    The 32-year-old said he “wished” he had been with the team when it was struggling to get a win in its previous four games, although he was in the process of obtaining his Japanese passport at the time.

    Asked what he thinks he could bring to the table for the Akatsuki Five, Fazekas said that while he wants to guide the team with his scoring ability like he does for the Brave Thunders, he also wants to provide leadership.

    “I think that’s my No.1 thing,” Fazekas said.

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    From the Spokesman-Review:
    Former Gonzaga guard David Stockton invited to Team USA’s training camp



    David Stockton got the call back from USA Basketball.

    The former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard is among 14 players, including eight with previous FIBA World Cup qualifying experience, invited to the USA World Cup qualifying team’s training camp.

    The camp will run from June 20-26 in Houston. The roster will be trimmed to 12 for the third round of World Cup qualifying. The U.S. will face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.
    With a 4-0 record from previous qualifiers, the U.S. is assured of being one of three teams that will advance to the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifying.

    Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, now an analyst for ESPN/ABC, coaches the squad. He’s joined by assistants Erie Bayhawks head cocah Josh Longstaff and ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson III.

    Full Story here on USA Basketball's Site


    Qualifier Standings:

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    Revised calendar for Zags FIFA Qualifier Games:


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    Why isn’t Ira on Nippon’a team?

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    Karnowski Announcces He Won't Play for Poland in the Qualifier. Per Google Translator:

    National team of Poland: Staff without Przemysław Karnowski

    In this representative window, which will start on June 21, Poland will have to deal without Przemysław Karnowski.

    Through social media Przemysław Karnowski announced that in this representative window we will not see him in the squad. All because of the discomfort associated with the Achilles tendon attachment. The player will now focus on a peaceful approach to full health. The national team will play their first match on Thursday 28th June in Ergo Arena, and on July 1 the Poles will play an away match with Kosovo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogozags View Post
    Why isn’t Ira on Nippon’a team?
    He is being replaced by a better player.

    Only one naturalized player per team per FIBA rules.

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    JAPAN

    A nice piece about Hachimura on the FIBA Site
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    Why Basketball is a Slam Dunk in Japan

    If you have been following international youth basketball competitions over the past few years, particularly the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2017, you likely noticed a standout player from Japan. A swingman with great leaping ability and broad shoulders, able to shoot from three-point range and attack the basket with post-up moves. He averaged 20.6 points per game, 11 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in that tournament and along with Canada's RJ Barrett, was undoubtedly one of the stand out players among his peers.

    We are, of course, talking about Rui Hachimura, the biggest basketball prospect that Japan has ever produced. The expectations will be enormous for Hachimura as he gets ready to make his debut for the senior national team in the upcoming third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. The hopes of Japanese basketball fans will no doubt be on his shoulders, but for fans from elsewhere in the world there is surely curiosity around their star player. Japan is not a nation historically associated with producing individual prospects at the most elite levels of the sport, but it has a fascinating basketball culture and Hachimura's story is an interesting way to explore this landscape. His father hails from Benin, West Africa and along with the familial genetic traits, he also passed on to his son a name that sounded like Louis: too difficult for Japanese pronunciation, thus they needed to transliterate it.

    The peculiar thing is, the kanji (ideogram) that stands for Rui also means base, as in baseball, Japan's most popular sport, and Rui Hachimura began his athletic career playing baseball in primary school. Ten years later, he's close to being drafted into the NBA. After a standout NCAA tournament performance, he will stay another season at Gonzaga and now that he has learned the language and grown accustomed to the American lifestyle, he'll most certainly be the team leader. After that, he'll declare for the NBA Draft. With scouts projecting him to be a first round pick. He would be the first Japanese player ever to be selected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo13 View Post
    He is being replaced by a better player.

    Only one naturalized player per team per FIBA rules.
    Thanks!

    There are a lot of rules in FIBA of which I am not aware and the limit of one naturalized player per team was one of them...

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    Interesting Sporting News interview with Rui regarding playing for the Japan national team in the FIBA Qualifier:
    Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura has begun to conquer NCAA, now prepares to take on world



    Rui Hachimura spent most of his sophomore season at Gonzaga in a state of possibility. What he might become was greater than what was. And then the NCAA Tournament came.

    In a second-round game against Ohio State, Hachimura exploded for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting to along with five rebounds and four blocks. He no longer was potential in a 6-8, 225-pound package. He had arrived.

    And he is staying.

    Hachimura never wavered from his plan to remain at Gonzaga for his junior season, one in which he is expected to be a star from beginning to end and improve upon his 11.6 points and 20 minutes per game. He is preparing for that possibility as part of the Japan national team competing in the FIBA Asia World Cup qualifiers.

    This is his first experience with the senior national team; Hachimura played last summer in the FIBA U-19 World Championship. Sporting News Japan contributor Reo Onishi spoke with him in between practice sessions.

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    Scratch Kevin Pangos from Team Canada's roster this go around, per this story: https://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2018...sion-on-finch/

    Canada Basketball released an updated roster for their training camp ahead of this summer’s FIBA qualifiers, with a few names taken off an two big ones added.

    Youngsters R.J. Barrett and Andrew Nembhard will join 15 other senior team players for camp, which begins Wednesday in Richmond and will include a pair of games against China in the Pacific Rim Classic. Barrett is the biggest Canadian basketball prospect of all time, as you’re surely aware, and Nembhard is coming off of a tremendous performance in the U-18 Americas tournament last week that saw Canada earn a silver medal.

    Leaving the roster are Tristan Thompson, Jamal Murray, and Kevin Pangos, likely due to some combination of fatigue from long post-season runs, contract/insurance status (Pangos just signed a new deal), and the usual fatigue/individual development factors cited by the Andrew Wigginses of the world. Murray and Thompson have been such consistent stalwarts of the program that it seems likely that they’ll rejoin the mix for September qualifiers if at all possible. And even without those names providing some of the very high-end talent, Canada’s roster looks as deep as it ever has, especially compared to the two rosters they rolled out during in-season FIBA qualifiers (those teams also highlighted the depth of the program, given that none of the 14 Canadians who played in the NBA this season were available while on an NBA roster). There’s a lot to like here.
    See the story for the complete updated roster.

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    Add another former Zag to the list of members of teams looking to qualify for the world cup:

    Guy Landry Edi, playing for Cote d'Ivoire. http://www.fiba.basketball/basketbal...-of-qualifiers

    ABIDJAN (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers) - Five years on, and one of Cote d'Ivoire's finest talents is set to return to his national team.

    Guy Landry Edi last featured for the "Elephants" at FIBA AfroBasket 2013, a tournament held in the Ivorian city of Abidjan.

    So, when the Ivorian Basketball Federation last week announced a preliminary squad for this month's FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers, Edi's name stood out among the 16 preselected players.

    "WE HAVE A GROUP OF YOUNG TALENTED GUYS THAT PLAY AT A GOOD LEVEL IN EUROPE. NOW WE HAVE TO BECOME A TEAM TO ALL ACCOMPLISH OUR COMMON GOAL WHICH IS TO GO TO THE WORLD CUP IN CHINA NEXT SUMMER."

    Cote d'Ivoire currently sit fourth place in Group D of the African Qualifiers, which includes Senegal, Mozambique and the Central African Republic.

    Meanwhile, in the build-up to the second-leg of Group D in Dakar (June 29 - July 1), which will determine the three teams advancing to the 12-team Second Round of the African Qualifiers, Edi revealed to FIBA.basketball that this is a time to put Cote d'Ivoire where they believe they belong.

    "This is a great opportunity for us to get on top of our group," the 6ft6in (1.98m) forward said.

    Edi, who last season played for Nantes Basket in France's second tier PRO B, insists that they "will fight to be in a great position to qualify for China 2019."


    Guy Edi in action at FIBA AfroBasket 2013



    Updated scheule, with Guy added:


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