Facundo Campazzo expected to play for Argentina in February's FIBA window

2023-01-22 06:41

Facundo Campazzo should play in the Serbian Cup and then head to Argentina for two crucial games in FIBA World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers. Coach Pablo Prigioni is also working on bringing in Leandro Bolmaro.

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Argentine NT head coach Pablo Prigioni should be able to count on Facundo Campazzo in the upcoming FIBA World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers window, Basquet Plus reports.

Campazzo is expected to play in the Serbian Cup (the final is scheduled for February 18) and then leave for Argentina. The star guard is not eligible to play in the EuroLeague until March due to the ban imposed on Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade.

The upcoming FIBA window is do-or-die for the South American giant. The team ranks fourth in Group E with 7 wins and 3 losses, the same record as Venezuela (2nd) and the Dominican Republic (3rd) have. Only three teams secure tickets to FIBA World Cup 2023.

Argentina plays unbeaten Canada on February 23 and its direct opponent, Dominican Republic, on February 26. Both games will be played at home.

The Argentine national team needs to win both games to advance to the World Cup and not depend on other results. Losing against Canada and beating the Dominican Republic by more than 11 points would also grant Argentina a direct ticket. Theoretically, the team could lose both matches, but then many other games' results should go their way.

Having the difficult situation in mind, coach Pablo Prigioni is also working on bringing in another reinforcement, Leandro Bolmaro.

According to Basquet Plus, Prigioni contacted the Utah Jazz to make the formal request for releasing Bolmaro for the mentioned games. The 22-year-old swingman averages just 0.5 points in 11 NBA duels this season and spends most of the time on the Utah bench.

He has also played five games in the G League where registered 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.6 assists.


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