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September 2016
Bandit Lakhan (THA) - 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup
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Debutants Thailand call up 24 players for FIBA Asia Challenge

BANGKOK (2016 FIBA Asia Challenge) - Thailand coach Tom Lewis has named his 24-man preliminary roster for the FIBA Asia Challenge set to take place in Tehran (Iran) from 9-18 September.

Ten of the 12 players that featured at the 5th SEABA Stankovic Cup in Bangkok are included in the roster.

Bandit Lakhan, Pairach Sekteera, Jittaphon Towaroj, Darongpan Apiromvilaichai, Patiphan Klahan, Attaporn Lertmalaiporn, Chanachon Klahan, Teerawat Chanthachon, Sukhdave Ghogar and Nakorn Jaisanuk were all in the Thailand team that advanced to the Final of the Stankovic Cup in Bangkok.

Thailand 24-player preliminary squad for 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge
Frederick Lee Jones Lish Bandit Lakhan Nattakarn Muangboon Suwichai Suwan
Sort Sunthonsiri Kittitep Lane Dasom Nakorn Jaisanuk Pairach Sekteera
Guntapong Korsah-Dick Jittaphon Towaroj Moses Morgan Wutipong Dasom
Darongpan Apiromvilaichai Danai Kongkum Tawatchai Suktub Patiphan Klahan
Anucha Langsui Peeranat Semmesuk Attaporn Lertmalaiporn Chanachon Klahan
Tearaway Chanthachon Chanatip Jakrawan Sukhdave Ghogar Ken Phusit Opamuratawongse

They are joined on the list by Wutipong Dasom. The 25-year-old is one of the most experienced players in this list despite being only 25-year-old. He represented Thailand in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila but missed this year’s Stankovic Cup due to injury.

The preliminary roster also includes young candidate Suwichai Suwan as well as American raised half-Thais Moses Morgan and Frederick Lish.

Morgan and Lish both had impressive seasons in the TBL but one of them will make the final cut. Suwan, meanwhile, was in the Thailand team that played at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship in Tehran. He averaged over 7 points per game and was one of Thailand’s brightest stars in that tournament alongside Justin Bassey

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Thailand, making their first appearance in this tournament, are in Group D alongside East Asian giants Korea and Japan.

The top five teams in the FIBA Asia Challenge will earn for their respective sub-zones an extra berth in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (formerly the FIBA Asia Championship)