|30 January 2013|
| Beno Udrih last appeared for Slovenia in 2006 |
With EuroBasket 2013 still more than seven months away, Beno Udrih has made himself one of the first NBA players to confirm his availability for the tournament.
The 30-year-old Milwaukee Bucks guard gave a verbal agreement to Slovenian national team coach Bozidar Maljkovic, and director of Slovenian national basketball teams, Matej Avanzo, when the duo met with their star during a visit to the United States earlier this week.
"We had a pleasant conversation with Beno. I am glad that he confirmed the words he said to me some time ago during our telephone conversation," Maljkovic said of his chat with Udrih, who has not played for his country since 2006.
Despite the significant period since last appearing in a Slovenian singlet, Maljkovic has no doubts as to the role of Udrih once he re-joins the team. "I think that Beno can become one of the crucial members of our national team. He himself is aware of it and since he has valuable experience he is prepared to accept that role."
The nine-season NBA veteran has been having a solid season off the bench for the Bucks, who look playoff bound for the first time since the 2009/10 season.
The 30-year-old is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 assists a game in a shade under 20 minutes a night.
Following Avanzo and Maljkovic's visit to Milwaukee, the duo will wrap up their trip to the United States in Phoenix where they will meet with Udrih's potential backcourt partner for Slovenia, Goran Dragic.
Avanzo informed Slovenian media that it is hoped that the preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 will be announced by mid-February.