Every second week leading up to EuroBasket 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 24 teams headed for Slovenia. Join the discussion on facebook now. This week Lithuania begins moving back up whilst the news grows more concerning for Russia.
Disclaimer: These rankings in no way reflect any official ranking system. They are purely subjective and are intended to be viewed as such.
The Spanish Armada continues to perform strongly on both sides of the Atlantic, but particularly in Europe where Barcelona and Real Madrid could be headed for a date in the Euroleague Final.
Tony Parker's ankle injury has France's playmaker out for a month, but with a full recovery expected, this should not affect Les Blues' summer plans. Unfortunately the injury has failed to see more playing time for San Antonio and national team colleague Nando de Colo.
The misfortunes of some is turning into good fortune for Slovenia. With a number of big-names in doubt for some of the host's biggest rivals for a podium spot, Slovenia's place in the top three becomes more justified.
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos remain in the fight to make the Euroleague quarter-finals. Additionally, Greeks playing abroad, namely Kostas Koufos and Nick Calathes continue to post good stats.
The news of Rimantas Kaukenas' likely retirement from the national team is outweighed by the positive news out of Houston where Donatas Motiejunas has quickly adapted to a starting role for the Rockets, suggesting he can play a similar role for his country this summer.
Bojan Dubljevic was huge for Valencia Basket in their 10-point first leg win in the Eurocup quarters. The big man had a team-high 19 points, terrorising Unics Kazan under the basket and once more reminding us just how scary Montenegro's front court really is.
David Blatt. Andrei Kirilenko. Sasha Kaun. The list of likely no-shows for Russia is growing in length - as too are the odds of the Russians returning to the podium that they stood on two years ago.
The hearts of Italian basketball fans would have skipped a beat recently when Danilo Gallinari suffered a thigh injury. However, it appears his comeback from injury is complete with his stats returning to pre-injury numbers.
With three game-days left in the Adriatic League, three Serbian teams remain in the hunt for places in the Final Four. Add to this some consistency from a Serbian-laden CSKA team and the Serb's ranking is going up
With three Turkish teams making it to the Euroleague Top 16, there was reason for celebration in Turkey. However with it now likely that only Anadolu Efes will go any further in the competition, Turkey's spirit has been somewhat dampened.
In Croatia, it is all about the future - one that revolves around the best European player in his generation, Dario Saric. Following contract issues in the off-season, Saric is finally back out on court and growing in confidence at senior level.
Nothing but good news coming out of the States for German fans in the past fortnight. Tim Olhbrecht has landed an NBA contract with the Houston Rockets and Elias Harris' Gonzaga are ranked no. 1 in the West going into March Madness.
With three wins on the trot, Maccabi Electra are fighting hard in the Euroleague and remain a chance of sneaking into the quarter-finals, giving some Israeli players continued exposure outside of their home country.
Making the move from Italy to Turkey, Georgian playmaker Manuchar Markoishvili will benefit from regular playing time for Galatasaray in an arguably tougher league. His new club entertain second-spot in the Turkish standings, meaning Markoishvili is set to benefit from post-season basketball.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINABosnian club Igokea are guaranteed an unexpected top-two finish in the Adriatic League regular season. Despite having a limited number of national team players in their line-up, Igokea's success will still have a positive effect on basketball in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Joensuun Kataja's qualification for the EuroChallenge Quarter-Final round was heralded by local press as one of the greatest basketball achievements in the country's history and with basketball now back in the spotlight in the ice-hockey mad society, the Finns have added incentive to perform.
The pain of Luol Deng's withdrawal has been softened slightly by Pops Mensah-Bonsu return from an extended stay on the sidelines, debuting for Cajasol Sevilla in Spain at the weekend.
F.Y.R. OF MACEDONIA
Another fortnight passes without an F.Y.R. of Macedonia player making a significant impact anywhere in Europe. Added to this, MZT Skopje's chances of playing the Adriatic League Final Four have evaporated.
Budivelnik Kiev's nine-point loss on the first leg of their Eurocup quarter-final clash with Spartak St. Petersburg can easily be overcome on the second leg this week, which could therefore justify Ukraine's jump in the rankings.
The mental steel of Latvia can once more be called into question this week with Venstpils following VEF into European obsoletion by failing to pounce on their advantageous position in the EuroChallenge Top 16 and advance to the quarter-final play-offs.
Marcin Gortat's comments in the US media in the past week do not bode well for the Poles with the big man all-but ruling himself out of national team duties this summer. It remains to be seen if the up-and-coming Przemyslaw Karnowski can fill the big boots left by Gortat.
After warming the bench in Detroit for the majority of December, January and March, Jonas Jerebko's playing time has increased significantly in the past month. To date in March, Sweden's star player is averaging 20.8 minutes and nine points an outing.
CEZ Nymburk's exit from the Eurocup is about to be followed up by an exit from the VTB League, meaning the majority of the Czech's squad are set to enter summer short on playing time outside of a medium-strength league.
Unless Tony Parker opts to revert to Belgian nationality - the country of his birth - or Belgium finds a player of similar skill with a means of getting a Belgian passport, the Belgians look set to remain better known for their waffles, rather than their basketball exploits.