EuroLeague, EuroCup stars fill EuroBasket rosters

Aug 30, 2017 by Print
EuroLeague, EuroCup stars fill EuroBasket rosters

Fans of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup will get a sneak preview of the star power coming their way in those competitions when more than 100 Euroleague Basketball players put on their national team jerseys for continental championships starting this week. Several EuroLeague and EuroCup players are already competing in the FIBA Americas Cup 2017 in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay, with the objective of becoming medalists on Sunday, September 3. Meanwhile, the signature international tournament of the summer, FIBA EuroBasket 2017, tips off on Thursday in four countries – Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey – with 24 national teams aiming for glory. The tournament will run until a winner claims the continental title on Sunday, September 17 at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, the same venue where Fenebahce Dogus Istanbul was crowned EuroLeague champion last May. Out of the 24 national teams, 19 have a connection to Euroleague Basketball as players on next season's rosters at 15 EuroLeague and 19 EuroCup teams are represented at EuroBasket.

Group A

Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Poland, Slovenia

Greece, which features as many as 10 players combined from Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, is poised to try to return to the medals podium for the first time since 2009. Greece posseses a deep trio of playmakers – Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos, Vangelis Mantzaris of Olympiacos and Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul – who share six EuroLeague titles. The Greek frontcourt has loads of veteran leadership, too, in All-EuroLeague forward Georgios Printezis and the competition's all-time leading rebounder, Ioannis Bourousis. France, always aiming high, is led this time by the CSKA Moscow guard duo of Nando De Colo and Leo Westermann. Also expected to have important roles are a pair of new FC Barcelona Lassa additions – playmaker Thomas Heurtel and big man Kevin Serpahin. Slovenia will surely be among the must-watch teams. EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy winner Luka Doncic of Real Madrid has emerged as its new go-to guy, while his Real Madrid teammate Anthony Randolph makes his debut for Slovenia. Sharpshooter Klemen Prepelic of Levallois Metropolitans and Jaka Blazic of EuroCup newcomer MoraBanc Andorra are among the other potential difference-makers for Slovenia. This group's host, Finland, will rely on perimeter shooting from Petteri Koponen of Barcelona and Sasu Salin of Unicaja Malaga. A reigning EuroCup champ from Unicaja, Adam Waczynski, will be among the leaders for Poland, which also features A.J. Slaughter of Asvel Villerubanne in the backcourt, and Przemek Karnowski of Andorra in the paint.

Nicolo Melli - Brose Bamberg - EB16

Group B

Georgia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine

Although hurt by injury, Lithuania won silver medals at the last two EuroBaskets and will aim for nothing less again. Forward Jonas Maciulis of Real Madrid is one of the leaders of this team, which also features playmaker Mantas Kalnietis of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan, sharpshooter Arturas Milaknis of Zalgiris Kaunas and rebounder Arturas Gudaitis of Lietuvos Rytas. Lithuania will miss Lukas Lekavicius of Panathinaikos in the backcourt, however, after his injury in a friendly game. One team certain to challenge Lithuanians is Italy, coached by four-time EuroLeague winner Ettore Messina. He'll have a brand new EuroLeague champ, Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce, and All-EuroLeague forward Nicolo Melli, who joined Fenerbahce this summer, to give versatility to the frontcourt. Daniel Hackett of Brose Bamberg and Andrea Cinciarini of Milan can expect to share ballhandling duties for Italy. Israel is a team with experience and home-court advantage in this group. Guard Gal Mekel of Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas will be an important offensive weapon for Israel, but so will the group of players from the reigning Israeli champion and perennial EuroCup contender Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem: Yogev Ohayon, Bar Timor and Yotam Halperin in the backcourt, and Lior Eliyahu up front. Versatile forward Tornike Shengelia of Baskonia and former EuroLeague champ Giorgi Shermadini of Unicaja are expected to carry some of the load for Georgia. Another Baskonia big man, Johannes Voigtmann, could be a force in the paint for his national team, Germany, as he was in his EuroLeague debut. FC Bayern Munich forward Danilo Barthel should provide Germany with scoring, while Bamberg sharpshooter Lucca Staiger brings experience and his club teammate, Patrick Heckmann, makes his senior national team debut.

Adam Hanga - Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz - EB16_7q6laq4nstth5b83

Group C

Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Spain

The defending champions and perennial favorites Spain go into the tournament having won medals at eight of the last nine EuroBasket tournaments, including the last five. However, Spain suffered a huge blow during the preparation period when it lost the reigning EuroLeague MVP, Sergio Llull of Real Madrid, to a knee injury. Spain does not lack additional weapons, however. Sergio Rodriguez, the former EuroLeague MVP point guard who joined CSKA Moscow this summer, will share point guard duties with former EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy winner Ricky Rubio. All-time EuroLeague scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona is back with the national team alongside the Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc, who will carry the load in the paint. And Valencia Basket contributes three of its perimter players – Fernando San Emeterio, Joan Sastre and Guillem Vives – to the Spanish cause. Croatia has plenty of experience in a backcourt that features Krunoslav Simon of Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Roko Ukic of Cedevita Zagreb. Montenegro has FC Barcelona's Tyrese Rice – former EuroLeague Final Four MVP – running the offense. Versatile shooting guard Suad Sehovic of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica will have an important role on the perimeter, as will big men Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket and Marko Todorovic of Khimki Moscow Region in Montenegro's stocked front line. Hungary, playing its first EuroBasket in almost two decades, will look to the EuroLeague's Best Defender Trophy winner, Adam Hanga of Barcelona, for leadership as it hopes to get into elimination rounds from a group that also includes Czech Republic and Romania, this group's host.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EC16 (photo Eugene Solodov - Khimki)

Group D

Belgium, Great Britain, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey

Each time that Turkey has hosted big tournaments – as the 2001 EuroBasket and the 2010 World Cup - it has won the silver medal. Hosting both the group stage and the final rounds this time, and coming off the signature success of Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague, Turkey's hopes are high. The squad features three of Fenerbahce's EuroLeague-winning players, including starting point guard Ali Muhammed and sharpshooter Melih Mahmutoglu. A new Fenerbahce player, Sinan Guler, is Turkey's captain and one of the key pieces of the team, as is Darussafaka Istanbul big man Furkan Aldemir. Turkey's biggest rival in group stage will surely be Serbia. Led by FC Bayern Munich head coach Sasha Djordjevic, Serbia has won silver medals at the Rio Olympics last summer and the 2014 World Cup. With All-EuroLeague guard Bogdan Bogdanovic as its new leader, Serbia is strong at each position. Bayern passing ace Stefan Jovic should see his most extensive role so far with Serbia, as should Ognjen Kuzmic, the new big man for Real Madrid. Both were teammates last season with defensive ace Branko Lazic of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Russia arrives to Istanbul led by 7DAYS EuroCup MVP Alxey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region. Andrey Vorontsevich and Nikita Kurbanov, two-time former EuroLeague champs with CSKA, will provide huge veteran presence and winning mentality for the Russians. Latvia enters the tournament with high hopes and arguably its deepest roster ever. Janis Strelnieks of Olympiacos and Dairis Bertans of Milan will threaten from perimeter, while Baskonia's Janis Timma will give extra depth in the frontcourt. Belgium will be another dangerous opponent in this group, with veteran forward Axel Hervelle leading this squad. His RETAbet Bilbao Basket teammate Jonathan Tabu will run the offense.

Country Name EuroLeague/EuroCup Team
Argentina Facundo Campazzo Real Madrid
Argentina Nico Laprovittola Zenit St Petersburg
Argentina Lucio Redivo RETABet Bilbao Basket
Belgium Axel Hervelle RETABet Bilbao Basket
Belgium Jonathan Tabu RETABet Bilbao Basket
Croatia Filip Kruslin Cedevita Zagreb
Croatia Roko-Leni Ukic Cedevita Zagreb
Croatia Marko Tomas Cedevita Zagreb
Croatia Krunoslav Simon Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Croatia Ivan Ramljak Cedevita Zagreb
Finland Sasu Salin Unicaja Malaga
Finland Petteri Koponen FC Barcelona Lassa
France Kevin Seraphin FC Barcelona Lassa
France Thomas Heurtel FC Barcelona Lassa
France Nando de Colo CSKA Moscow
France Leo Westermann CSKA Moscow
France Antoine Diot Valencia Basket
France Vincent Poirier Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
France Axel Toupane Zalgiris Kaunas
Georgia Giorgi Shermadini Unicaja Malaga
Georgia Manuchar Markoishvili Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Georgia Tornike Shengelia Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Germany Maodo Lo Brose Bamberg
Germany Lucca Staiger Brose Bamberg
Germany Patrick Heckmann Brose Bamberg
Germany Johannes Voigtmann Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Germany Ismet Akpinar ratiopharm Ulm
Germany Danilo Barthel FC Bayern Munich
Germany Isaiah Hartenstein Zalgiris Kaunas
Greece Nick Calathes Panathinaikos Athens
Greece Nikos Pappas Panathinaikos Athens
Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Panathinaikos Athens
Greece Kostas Sloukas Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Greece Georgios Printezis Olympiacos Piraeus
Greece Kostas Papanikolaou Olympiacos Piraeus
Greece Vangelis Mantzaris Olympiacos Piraeus
Greece Dimitris Agravanis Olympiacos Piraeus
Greece Ioannis Papapetrou Olympiacos Piraeus
Greece Georgios Bogris Olympiacos Piraeus
Hungary Adam Hanga FC Barcelona Lassa
Israel Richard Howell Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Israel Yotam Halperin Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Israel Lior Eliyahu Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Israel Yogev Ohayon Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Israel Bar Timor Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
Israel Gal Mekel Herbalife Gran Canaria
Italy Daniel Hackett Brose Bamberg
Italy Luigi Datome Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Italy Nicolo Melli Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Italy Filippo Baldi Rossi Dolomiti Energia Trento
Italy Andrea Cinciarini AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Italy Awudu Abass AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Italy Marco Cusin AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Latvia Dairis Bertans AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Latvia Janis Timma Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Latvia Janis Strelnieks Olympiacos Piraeus
Latvia Zanis Peiners Lietkabelis Panevezys
Latvia Martins Meiers Unics Kazan
Lithuania Mantas Kalnietis AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
Lithuania Adas Juskevicius Lietkabelis Panevezys
Lithuania Jonas Maciulis Real Madrid
Lithuania Arturas Milaknis Zalgiris Kaunas
Lithuania Marius Grigonis ALBA Berlin
Lithuania Arturas Gudaitis Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Lithuania Edgaras Ulanovas Zalgiris Kaunas
Montenegro Filip Barovic Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
Montenegro Nikola Ivanovic Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
Montenegro Danilo Nikolic Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
Montenegro Suad Sehovic Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
Montenegro Bojan Dubljevic Valencia Basket
Montenegro Tyrese Rice FC Barcelona Lassa
Montenegro Dino Radoncic Real Madrid
Montenegro Marko Todorovic Khimki Moscow Region
Poland AJ Slaughter ASVEL Villeurbanne
Poland Adam Waczynski Unicaja Malaga
Poland Przemyslaw Karnowski MoraBanc Andorra
Russian Federation Andrey Zubkov Lokomotiv Kuban
Russian Federation Alexey Shved Khimki Moscow Region
Russian Federation Evgenii Baburin Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Russian Federation Vitaly Fridzon CSKA Moscow
Russian Federation Vladimir Ivlev Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Russian Federation Semen Antonov CSKA Moscow
Russian Federation Andrey Zubkov Khimki Moscow Region
Russian Federation Dmitry Khvostov Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Russian Federation Andrey Vorontsevich CSKA Moscow
Russian Federation Mikhail Kulagin CSKA Moscow
Russian Federation Nikita Kurbanov CSKA Moscow
Serbia Milan Macvan FC Bayern Munich
Serbia Vladimir Lucic FC Bayern Munich
Serbia Vladimir Stimac Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Serbia Vasilje Micic Zalgiris Kaunas
Serbia Branko Lazic Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Serbia Dragan Milosavljevic Unicaja Malaga
Serbia Marko Guduric Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Serbia Stefan Jovic FC Bayern Munich
Serbia Ognjen Kuzmic Real Madrid
Slovenia Aleksej Nikolic Brose Bamberg
Slovenia Klemen Prepelic Levallois Metropolitans
Slovenia Jaka Blazic MoraBanc Andorra
Slovenia Anthony Randolph Real Madrid
Slovenia Luka Doncic Real Madrid
Spain Sergio Rodriguez CSKA Moscow
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro FC Barcelona Lassa
Spain Joan Sastre Valencia Basket
Spain Guillem Vives Valencia Basket
Spain Pierre Oriola FC Barcelona Lassa
Spain Fernando San Emeterio Valencia Basket
Turkey Furkan Aldemir Darussafaka Istanbul
Turkey Dogus Balbay Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Turkey Ali Muhammed Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Turkey Sinan Guler Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Turkey Baris Hersek Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Turkey Goksenin Koksal Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
Turkey Melih Mahmutoglu Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Uruguay Jayson Granger Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz