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Mordente Stunned By Italy Call

26 August 2005

Marco Mordente has stunned everyone, including himself, by making it into Italy`s EuroBasket squad.

Mordente was included in Carlo Recalcati`s final group on Thursday as one of four changes to the team that won the Olympic silver medal in Greece.

Recalcati knew the 26-year-old playmaker well after coaching him at Montepaschi Siena in the 2003-04 campaign, the year the club won its first-ever Lega A title.

He also coached Mordente at the Mediterranean Games this summer. Mordente spent the 2004/05 season with Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia before joining new coach David Blatt at Italian giants Benetton Treviso in July.

Speaking on Benetton`s official website, he said: "After the Mediterranean games, where I played well, I thought I had a chance to be part of this (Italy)  team, and in the end our coach has chosen me instead of Marco Carraretto.

"I will do everything I can to repay Recalcati for this choice.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me, to be a part of this unbelievable and strong team is a fantastic sensation. Italy is a tremendous group, a well respected team around the world.

"If chances come for me, I will be ready to take them," added a confident Mordente.

"To play in a European Championship doesn't happen everyday and I want be ready and even play in it."

A team-mate of Mordente`s at Bipop, Angelo Gigli, is also a newcomer, along with Stefano Mancinelli and Armani Jeans Milano veteran guard Dante Calabria.

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