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    Default Zags Playing for Five Countries in FIBA 2019 World Cup in China

    So fun! Here's the list of Zags and the countries they'll be playing for in China starting August 31:



    Rosters aren't firmly set yet, so we'll have to wait and see who actually makes the cut, but this is a start.

    FIBA World Cup Web Site

    Rui Hachimura for Japan: Story from FIBA website says Rui will be joining Japan's team July 30 to prepare for the upcoming games: http://www.fiba.basketball/basketbal...n-s-yudai-baba

    OKYO (Japan) - The cream of the crop of Japanese basketball have finally assembled to begin their preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in earnest.

    "The players who are ready to compete with the world have gathered," said high-flying wingman Yudai Baba, who is fresh from playing in the NBA Summer League 2019 for the Dallas Mavericks.

    The Akatsuki Five's training camp officially tipped off a week ago, with the main goal of getting the team ready to pose a serious challenge to their fellow World Cup Group E sides Turkey, Czech Republic and Team USA.

    "We have a good mindset right now because we participated in the NBA Summer League, and we are able to enter the camp in good condition," added star guard Makoto Hiejima, who also played at the Summer League for the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The 28-year-old scoring machine is expected to be one of Japan's main weapons at the World Cup along with Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards and naturalized center Nick Fazekas of the Kawasaki Brave Thunders.
    Meanwhile, Japan's two bona fide NBA talents, Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe, will fly in to join the team on 30 July.

    As part of their World Cup build-up, Japan will face New Zealand at Chiba Port Arena on 12 August, followed by a series of tune-up matches at the Saitama Super Arena from 22-25 August against Argentina, Germany and Tunisia respectively.
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    Of course, Domas will be there, playing for Lithuania:


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    Absolutely awesome.

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    Thank you, ZN..really appreciate you always keeping us updated on international Zags & news.

    I’d love to see Karnowski play again. Hope he is 100% healthy and Poland does well.

    I think Clarke has decent shot of joining Olynyk and Pangos on Team Canada... eager to see that final roster. Afraid Wiltjers defensive liabilities may keep him off the team...but if Coach Nick Nurse prioritizes 3-pt shooting over D Wiltjer may stick.

    Rui & Ira ballin out together for Japan! Hoping Japan has a Mali-esque run in this tourney...if not to gold medal game at least making it out of group stage
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    It would be interesting to see what school has the most players competing in the FIBA WC.
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    Why have a National footprint when you can have the world?

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    I wonder if the games might be televised. Hint hint for ZN

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    Too early to tell, but I'd be surprised if they weren't televised on ESPN3.

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    I wonder if the games might be televised. Hint hint for ZN

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    I want to see Guy Landry Edi play again, this time for Cote d'Ivoire. His regular season job now is with Chalon-Reims, in the top league in France.

    Guy's stats page for the FIBA African World Cup Qualifiers in February

    Highlights in a Zag uni:



    Highlights for Cote d'Ivoire in the African World Cup Qualifiers in February (Guy is #14):


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    Pretty sure Karno was not part of Poland's camp invite list. Probably hurt still.
    And did you confirm Ira Brown is on Japan? I thought they replaced him with a better import.


    I'll be surprised if Clarke makes Team Canada but KO is obviously a key player (top 3) and Pangos could easily make it as a deep guard.

    Wiltjer you never know (I doubt it) - that is all on the coaching staffs whims. He can't see extended minutes though.

    Edit:
    Karno not on camp invite list.
    https://sportando.basketball/en/pola...g-camp-roster/

    Edit 2:
    Ira Brown not on training camp list. He was replaced by Nick Fazekas a while back now as Japan one allowed naturalized player.
    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/...0#.XUB8SuhKjIV
    Rui seems to be playing though - a rarity among NBA rookies.
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