Deni Avdija leads Israel's 12-man squad for EuroBasket

2022-08-29 20:50

Wizards forward Deni Avdija will travel with Israel to Prague for the EuroBasket group stage, in contrast to Maccabi point guard John Dibartolomeo, who was left out by coach Guy Goodes.

Credit: Israeli Basketball Association
Credit Israeli Basketball Association

The Israeli national team will take off for Prague on Wednesday in order to participate in their EuroBasket group stage.

Team members will head straight from the airport to the first practice in the huge hall on the outskirts of the city.

The team's first task will be to advance to the second stage which will take place in Berlin. To do that, they need to finish in the top four in a group that includes Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, and the host Czech Republic.

Israel's group intersects with the one held in Milan where Greece, Italy, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain and Croatia play. Hundreds of Israelis will accompany the team in Prague and in the first game they will meet several thousand Finns, the team that brings more crowds than any other team to away games.

The final squad for the European Championship and the full delegation includes Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija, Andorra guard Gal Mekel and Partizan Belgrade guard Yam Madar. The rest of the squad is compiled by Tamir Blatt, Yovel Zoosman, Guy Pnini, Rafi Menco, Nimrod Levi, Tomer Ginat, Jake Cohen, Roman Sorkin and Idan Zalmanson.

On the other hand, Maccabi point guard John Dibartolomeo was left out by coach Guy Goodes.

Final roster:

4 Roman Sorkin C 210 cm 104 kg 26 yo
7 Gal Mekel PG 192 cm 87 kg 34 yo
8 Deni Avdija SG, SF 200 cm   21 yo
10 Guy Pnini PF 201 cm 90 kg 38 yo
11 Yam Madar PG 190 cm   21 yo
12 Rafael Menco SF 200 cm 100 kg 28 yo
13 Idan Zalmanson C 206 cm 113 kg 27 yo
15 Jake Cohen C 210 cm 107 kg 31 yo
30 Nimrod Levi PF 208 cm 86 kg 27 yo
41 Tomer Ginat PF, C 203 cm 98 kg 27 yo
45 Tamir Blatt PG 191 cm 82 kg 25 yo
50 Yovel Zoosman SF 201 cm 90 kg 24 yo

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