|30 August 2013|
|Guard Bastian Doreth made the cut and will travel to Slovenia with Germany|
Germany head coach Frank Menz announced publicly on Friday the 12 players that will make up his team at EuroBasket 2013, which tips off next Wednesday in Slovenia.
The player who had to endure the heartbreak of being the last one to be released from the squad was 26-year-old point guard Nicolai Simon.
"Nico has developed great this summer and so we did not take this decision lightly," Menz said.
"At the end it was small details that made the difference, but I am sure that Nico will find his way."
Simon has suited up for Germany's youth national teams throughout his teenage years, but has never played for his nation in a major tournament at senior level.
Germany's EuroBasket roster consists of Niels Giffey, Per Günther, Philip Zwiener, Heiko Schaffartzik, Karsten Tadda, Lucca Staiger, Tibor Pleiss, Robin Benzing, Bastian Doreth, Andreas Seiferth, Maik Zirbes and Alex King.
Giffey, who just turned 22 in June, is the youngest player in this company while Schaffartzik, despite the fact he is still only 29, is the senior veteran on a team that will be among the most youthful at the EuroBasket, with their average just above 25.
The Germans are playing their last warm-up game before departing for Slovenia at home in Bamberg on Friday night, against Sweden.
"We chose Sweden as our last opponent in preparations mainly for two reasons," Menz said.
"Firstly, we expect the Swedes at a comparable level as some of our group opponents at the EuroBasket.
"Secondly, we believe we have a chance to win against Sweden, because we want to finish our preparations and leave for Slovenia on a positive note.
"I'm sure that Bamberg's enthusiastic audience will help us towards that goal.
Lucca Staiger echoed the sentiment of his coach: I believe that a sense of achievement against Sweden would be very important for us," he said.
"Such a victory would give us wings and then we can go with a good feeling to Slovenia."
Germany were drawn in First Round Group A at the EuroBasket, together with Ukraine, Israel, France, Belgium and Great Britain.