Carlos Andrade is hoping he will finally get the opportunity to play at his first major tournament for his adopted country and make up for the heartache of being cut before EuroBasket 2007. That was because Coach Valentyn Melnychuck could only field one naturalised player and opted for Joao Gomes. Now 33-years-old, this could be the last chance for the swingman to showcase his talents on the biggest stage of all since he subsequently sorted out his nationality issue and proved he was in fact qualified as Portuguese. If he does get his opportunity then in addition to his voracious appetite for hard work, he brings plenty of benefits at both ends of the court. Defensively he has great size and that is a real bonus for Coach Palma. Meanwhile at the offensive end, he can score and is a reliable shooter from downtown. Indeed he was the best three-point shooter last summer although he isn't confined to outside and can also get to the hoop. He has played in European club competitions and knows what it will take to propel Portugal to success. He was hugely important in winning the title with Porto Ferpinta last season and will be a go to guy for the National Team.