|24 May 2012|
|Alen Omic led Slovenia in scoring last year, when he was still 19. He is one of many players from the 2011 U20 team that will return this summer|
Slovenia coach Zmago Sagadin believes competition for spots in the side to play at the U20 European Championship being staged in the country will be fierce.
The Slovenians are in Group D with Lithuania, Sweden and Italy, and the games will be in the cities of Kranjska Gora, Domzale and Ljubljana.
Sagadin has named 20 players, but hasn't been able to include the bright young talent Andraz Kavas due to injury.
"It's a shame because he has the potential to become a top basketball player," Sagadin said.
"But I think we have enough good, experienced and ambitious young men who will fight for the 12 places in the team that will participate at the European Championship in Slovenia."
Sagadin will gather his troops for a training camp in Rogla at an altitude of 1,500m before Slovenia move to Zrece and Domzale, one of the venues of the U20 European Championship.
The team will play a series of preparation games against Serbia, Division B side Czech Republic and neighbours Croatia before departing for a tournament in Spain that will also feature Ukraine and Lithuania.
The last two tests before the U20 European Championship will take place in Domzale against Spain, the reigning U20 Champions.
Slovenia U20 preliminary squad: Jure Besedic, Jaka Brodnik, Jan Demsar, Ziga Dimec, Ziga Fifolt, Marko Filipovic, Urban Gorjanc, Alen Hodzic, Aljaz Korosec, Miha Lapornik, Alen Omic, Gezim Morina, Marko Pajic, Klemen Prepelic, Matej Rojc, Bojan Radulovic, Luka Rupnik, Jan Span, Matic Urbas and Miha Vasl.