Players of the biggest surprise in EuroBasket: Where do they play?

2022-09-15 12:09

Poland doesn't have a single player that will compete in the EuroLeague next season.

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

The basketball world is still buzzing about what happened last night. Poland achieved what was thought to be almost impossible. When it seemed like reaching the quarterfinal is a good result, the Polish eliminated the reigning champion Slovenia from EuroBasket 2022.

The modest Polish national team outplayed such stars as Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic, Vlatko Cancar, and Mike Tobey. It's time to take a look at where the guys that achieved such a monumental task play.

Not a single player from the national team will play either in the NBA or the EuroLeague next season.

The biggest star of the roster, Mateusz Ponitka, registered just the third triple-double in EuroBasket history, collecting 26 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists against Slovenia.

Even he will not play in the EuroLeague. Instead, he has signed a three-month contract with UnaHotels Reggio Emilia with the ability to extend it for the entire season.

35-year-old naturalized guard AJ Slaughter was second in scoring on the roster. He will represent Gran Canaria in the Spanish ACB league and the EuroCup. One of the most talented guys, 21-year-old Aleksander Balcerowski, will join him on the journey on the same team.

Another member of the starting five, Michal Sokolowski, will play for NutriBullet Treviso Basket in Italy for the second season in a row. Meanwhile, Aaron Cel, who has both French and Polish passports, will play in Poland for Twarde Pierniki Torun.

Besides the fact that there aren't any NBA or EuroLeague players on the roster, there is one player that will represent a club in the third French league. That player is Jakub Schenk, who plays for Union Tours Metropole.

Talking about the head coach, Igor Milicic was the leading man behind a club in Poland, Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski, last season, but the two sides parted ways this summer, leaving the coach a free agent.

The clubs of Polish national team players:

Jaroslaw Zyskowski Trefl Sopot (Poland)
Lukasz Kolenda WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland)
Aleksander Dziewa WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland)
Dominik Olejniczak BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (France)
Michal Michalak Manisa BBSK (Turkey)
Jakub Garbacz Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski (Poland)
Mateusz Ponitka UnaHotels Reggio Emilia (Italy)
AJ Slaughter Gran Canaria (Spain)
Michal Sokolowski NutriBullet Treviso (Italy)
Aleksander Balcerowski Gran Canaria (Spain)
Aaron Cel Twarde Pierniki Torun (Poland)
Jakub Schenk Union Tours Metropole (France)


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