|14 May 2013|
|Jonas Jerebko was Sweden's go-to-guy in last summer's Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2013 |
As of Monday, Swedish fans are even more confident that their national team will look at their very best when they make their reappearance at a EuroBasket in September, ten years after organising the tournament on home soil.
Speaking to the Swedish federation website, Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko put an end to the wait and confirmed he is looking forward to play at the show-piece event of European basketball, in Slovenia.
"It will be a lot of fun to go to the EuroBasket and compete against the best teams in Europe," Jerebko stated.
The Detroit Pistons did not qualify to the NBA play-offs and the Swedish star will terminate his holiday and commence his personal off-season training programme sooner than most players.
"I am at home in Sweden and taking it easy now," he said.
"Next week I will go back to the U.S. and start training again.
"The schedule is not entirely clear yet, but I will probably go to Las Vegas [for the NBA summer league] and train with other NBA pros later.
"Then I will join the Swedish team on 19 August 19.
"We know each other and we will have some time for us to play together and get the team together."
The one player that Jerebko has not yet played with on the national team is Jeffery Taylor.
Monday's announcement came less than a month after the Charlotte Bobcats rookie also confirmed his availability for the EuroBasket, in what is set to be his first appearance with the senior team.
"I have played against Jeff in the NBA, him and I have talked a bit during the season about playing at the EuroBasket, so now it will be fun to play with him, too," Jerebko said.
"Jonas is a poster child of Swedish basketball and was also with the team that took us to the EuroBasket," commented Swedish team manager Jonte Karlsson.
Jerebko was instrumental in Sweden's Qualification Round campaign last summer, as he led the team in scoring with 20.3 points per game and rebounds, with 6.6 boards per encounter.
"Then of course it's great that he is willing and able to join and play at the actual championship too," added Karlsson.
"With both Jonas and Jeffery Taylor in the team, we get the best sporting opportunities we could ask for.
"We got a tough draw, then it's very nice to be able to put our best players out there."
Sweden were drawn in First Round Group D at EuroBasket 2013, together with Russia, Greece, Turkey, Italy and their neighbours Finland.