|07 June 2010|
New Bulgaria coach Rosen Barchovski is hoping to lure Todor Stoykov out of international retirement.
Barchovski didn't include the 33-year-old veteran in the 17-strong list of players that will compete for spots in the national team this summer but the coach said: "We are talking with Todor Stoykov, so there is still a possibility to have him in the team."
Stoykov averaged 12 points, two assists and 4.3 rebounds in Bulgaria's three games last year at the EuroBasket in Poland.
Americans Earl Rowland of Cremona and Jared Homan of Maroussi each figure in Barchovski's plans.
Rowland, a point guard, played last summer and averaged 17 points per contest while Homan, also 27, is a center on the books of Maroussi in Greece.
Homan was very effective for Maroussi this season in both the Euroleague and the Greek top flight.
"We will decide for each game one of them will play," the coach said.
"It depends on the team we are playing with."
An exciting development for Bulgaria will be the youngsters that are invited to take part in the preparations.
Barchovski believes there is some talent in the youth sides that will help Bulgaria in the years to come.
"I will rely on two or three boys from the under-20 team," he said.
"There are at least five boys in this team, who have the potential to play with the men.
"They are not ready yet, but they have a lot of talent, so I won't give any names now.
"We will keep them in mind and see how they play with under-20 team.
"We will use for the preparation games more players. We want to have a good team, at their best for the qualification games. In the test games we will look for wins, we have to learn to win."
Bulgaria Preliminary Squad: Nikolay Varbanov (Lukoil Academic), Krum Doychinov (Euroins Cherno more), Jared Homan (Marusi), Stefan Georgiev (Levski), Vesselin Filchev (USA), Kaloyan Ivanov (Manresa), Atanas Radev (Balkan), Deyan Ivanov (Montegranaro), Hristo Nikolov (Lukoil Academic), Pavel Marinov (Yambol), Zlatin Georgiev (Levski), Chavdar Kostov (Lukoil Academic), Ivan Lilov (Balkan), Filip Videnov (Jeleznik), Alexander Gruev (Rilski sportiest), Asen Velikov (Levski), EJ Rowland (Cremona).
(Three more unnamed players from U20 team will participate in the camp.)