Slovenia Trim Squad To 16 Players

05 July 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Mirza Begic (Slovenia)
Mirza Begic is among the 16 candidates to report at Slovenia's training camp

EuroBasket 2013 hosts Slovenia had announced a 34-strong preliminary squad back in February, but head coach Bozidar Maljkovic announced on Friday the 16 men he expects to report at training camp on 19 July.

The most notable absence is that of FC Barcelona Regal power forward Erazem Lorbek, who had arthroscopic surgery in both knees at the end of the club season and will miss EuroBasket at home.

The now 32-year-old guard Sani Becirovic, who last suited up for the national team at the 2010 World Championship and played in the Iranian league this year, is also absent from the squad.

Fellow veteran guard Jaka Lakovic however is included on the list and forms part of a formidable playmaking trio that also includes Phoenix Suns star Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih of the Orlando Magic.

The EuroBasket host nation is eager to see Udrih back in a Slovenia jersey at September's big event, as seven years have passed since his last appearance with the national team.

Real Madrid center Mirza Begic and Brose Baskets Bamberg forward Bostjan Nachbar have been granted some extra days of rest and will report at training camp on 23 July, as they both played well into June and helped their respective clubs win their domestic league titles.

Jaka Blazic is also expected to join the team on that day, if his rehabilitation goes according to plan.

The young Olimpija Ljubljana guard was planning to see action in the NBA's summer league but suffered a hip injury and has to undergo treatment instead.

Slovenia's first scheduled warm-up game is on 26 July against Poland and their 12-game long preparation schedule concludes with a friendly encounter against EuroBasket 2011 runners-up France, on 31 August.

The EuroBasket 2013 host nation were drawn into First Round Group C and will face reigning champions Spain, Croatia, Georgia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

 

Slovenia preliminary squad: Beno Udrih, Goran Dragic, Jaka Lakovic, Jaka Blazic, Zoran Dragic, Klemen Prepelic, Edo Muric, BoĊĦtjan Nachbar, Domen Lorbek, Luka Lapornik, Jure Balazic, Jaka Brodnik, Gezim Morina, Mirza Begic, Uros Slokar and Gasper Vidmar.


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