the (expanded) list of Blues for Euro 2022

Vincent Collet has selected a group of 17 players for the EuroBasket, from 1 to 18 September 2022.

The dice are rolled. Almost … Just over two months before the European Championship but three weeks before the rally on July 29, at INSEP, Vincent Collet presented this Thursday the list of players called up for EuroBasket 2022 (1- September 18). An expanded group of 17 players, as the coach of the French basketball team had suggested on Monday, after the match against Hungary (81-40), in the qualification for the 2023 World Cup.I want us to have the 12 euro very fast because the preparation is short and every time we have to select, we waste a little time.“, he had indicated, after the match, where bein Sports .

In this list, we find nine of the 12 silver medalists at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, including hoteliers Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert of course, but also Moustapha Fall, Gerschon Yabusele or Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. “pillars of last year’s teamsaid Coach Collet. Also present in Japan, Andrew Albicy, Thomas Heurtel, Frank Ntilikina and Vincent Poirier are among them. As expected, Nicolas Batum and Nando de Colo are not among them, they prefer to “break” this summer in order to get back into business better for the upcoming deadlines, the 2023 World Cup and, of course, the Paris Olympics 2024.The absences of Nando De Colo and Nico Batum will not be made as easily as one might sometimes thinkVincent Collet reminded those in doubt on Monday. Petr Cornelie is not named.

It was in response to a question about the performance of Théo Maledon, brilliant during the last window and this time he said yes to the selection after declining the invitation last summer. The Oklahoma City player returned to that denial last year Le Figaro a few weeks ago. “He has talent. He’s one of the players we have to drive, train them to progress because we’re going to need these young people to do somethingVincent Collet had stressed after Hungary.

Wembanyama yes, Speaker no

Among the highlights of this list for the euro is obviously Victor Wembanyama’s first call-up. From the peak of his 2.19 m and just 18 years old, the phenomenon of the Ile-de-France will take the pulse of the French team. The beginning of a long history, we can imagine … After a year in Asvel, the former Nanterre will join Boulogne-Levallois, coached by Vincent Collet, but his future is already set: will join the NBA from 2023. He is promised a selection in the first draft options, even the first. A new one with Wembanyama and a ghost with Fabien Causeur? It’s not. At 35, the former Choletais is still escaping. He proved it during the conquest of a new Spanish title with Real Madrid, alongside Poirier, Yabusele and Heurtel … A player who only played one game in blue, his 30th, in 2018, since the 2012 London Olympics “.In my head, the blues, it was a page past. But the opportunity is temptinghe said inside The team , what we imagined on the list. Finally, he is not one of them.

Please note that Amath Mbaye, packed for the last Olympic campaign but “tanned” at the 2019 World Cup, is back. French champion and MVP of the final with Asvel, Elie Okobo, who had expressed his desire to wear the shirt hit by the rooster a few weeks ago for Le Figaro , is also on the list, as are Isaia Cordinier, Mam Jaiteh, William Howard and Terry Tarpey. No Louis Labeyrie, Yakuba Ouattara or Mathias Lessort. Neither are those in the NBA Kilian Hayes, Jaylen Hoard or Axel Toupane.

The Blues in Bercy on August 24th

The program of the selection of France this summer? four “truth»Preparation matches, against the Netherlands (August 7 in Rouen), twice Italy (August 12 in Bologna and August 16 in Montpellier) and Belgium (August 18 in Montpellier). The Blues will then face the Czech Republic on August 24 at the Accor Arena – where the first phase of the 2024 Olympic tournament is not yet scheduled – and Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later, on a trip, two matches that they had counted. for the second qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup. Then it will be time to resort to EuroBasket 2002, with Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia on the menu. There is no more.

The list of 17 Blues for EuroBasket 2022 : Andrew Albicy, Isaia Cordinier, Moustapha Fall, Evan Fournier, Rudy Gobert, Thomas Heurtel, William Howard, Mam Jaiteh, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Théo Maledon, Amath Mbaye, Frank Ntilikina, Elie Okobo, Vincent Poirier, Terry Tarpey, Victor Wembanyama , Gerschon Yabusele.

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