France names final 12 for FIBA OQT
MANILA, Philippines – France head coach Vincent Collet and national technical director Patrick Beesley revealed Wednesday, June 29, the 12 players who will be in Team France's roster for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila from July 5-10.
They are forward Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets), combo guard Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow), power forward-center Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs), point guard Antoine Diot (Valencia), small forward Mickael Gelabale (Le Mans), point guard Thomas Huertel (Anadolu Efes Istanbul), small forward Chalres Kahudi (ASVEL Basket), center Joffrey Lauvergne (Denver Nuggets), power forward Adrien Moerman (Bandirma Banvit), point guard Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), power forward Florent Pietrus (Nancy), and center Kim Tillie (Vitoria).
Surprisingly, New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca did not make the cut. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (Unicaja) likewise was not named but was told to accompany the team to Manila in the event that Antoine Diot does not recover in time from a groin injury.
Team France will hold a press conference in Paris before flying to Manila. – Rappler.com