Montenegro coach Dusko Vujosevic has named a 17-man preliminary squad ahead of the country's first-ever games in EuroBasket Division A.
The Montenegrins, who swept all before them in winning promotion from Division B at the first time, will take on Latvia, Finland, Italy and Latvia in their qualifying games for EuroBasket 2011.
Panathinaikos center Nikola Pekovic, Vujosevic's former pupil at Partizan Belgrade, and Unicaja Malaga's Omar Cook are the headline names in a team that many expect to qualify for the Final Round in the Baltics.
Pekovic, who captured the Greek title on Sunday with Pana, averaged more than 18 points and almost six rebounds in 10 EuroBasket Division B games while naturalized point guard Cook poured in almost seven points and handed out nearly five assists.
The preparations will get underway on July 4.
Montenegro preliminary squad: John Koljević, Omar Cook, Goran Jeretin, Vlado Scepanovic (captain), John Maras, Predrag Drobnjak, Nikola Pekovic, Slavko Vranes, Vladimir Golubovic Vladimir Dragicevic, Vladimir Dašić, Milko Bjelica, Suad Šehović, Sead Šehović, Miloš Borisov, Nikola Vučević and Quincy Douby.