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Asia Cup Qualifiers Round Up: Pools announced and big names to look for
BANGKOK (Thailand) - The FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers are 24 days away from the tip-off of the very first game and a lot has been going on as the teams prepare for the intense matchups ahead.
Calling up for duty
Several national teams have already listed their pool of players for the first window. There is no shortage of star power and promising youngsters who are hoping to use these games as a stage to develop and become the next generation of basketball stars.
The nations that have announced their pools are:
Other teams will certainly be falling in line with their announcements without a doubt, so stay tuned to find out who you might see in this first window.
Names to look for
Lebanon has yet to announce their full pool for the first window, but there is one name confirmed to be available for the upcoming window.
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رسميا جوزف الشرتوني سيشارك مع المنتخب الوطني في مباراتيه امام العراق والبحرين المقررتين في 21 شباط و24 منه، ويصل الى بيروت في 29 كانون الثاني الجاري. Joseph Chartouny will join the Lebanese national team for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers where Lebanon will face Iraq and Bahrain on 21 and 24 February 🙌
Former Marquette Golden Eagle Joseph Chartouny will be a part of the Tall Cedars as they are set to play against Iraq on 21 February and Bahrain on 24 February. Chartouny had already played for Lebanon at Asia Cup 2017 and World Cup Asian Qualifiers, looking like a prospect that the federation is grooming to expand their talented talent pool.
One big name to look out for is Pero Cameron for New Zealand. The FIBA Hall of Famer will not be suiting up to play, but instead will be leading the troops from the sidelines as their head coach.
Another name that has been generating considerable buzz is Jericho Cruz. Though the guard has been playing professionally in the Philippines for years, he was recently named to Guam’s national team pool.
His fans from the Philippines have been more than supportive of this opportunity and are excited to see him get a chance play. However, they are probably not as excited as Guam basketball fans who are looking forward to another talented addition to their pool!
Never too early for preparation
The Indonesia national team is one of the most active teams in preparation for the Asia Cup Qualifiers, which will be much needed ahead of their two home games against Korea and the Philippines in the first window.
The national team is participating in the Indonesia Basketball League (IBL) under the name of the Indonesia Patriots, using the opportunity to get as much mileage together as a team and build chemistry. They are currently the best team in the league with a record of 4-1.
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Hasil positif yang diraih di seri 2 Bandung membuat Patriot menyegel pucuk klasemen sementara IBL 2020. Tersisa 13 gim dari 6 seri musim reguler, terus #kasihyangterbaik dengan mendukung Indonesia Patriot di setiap pertandingan. #basketball #bolabasket #indonesia #patriots