Germany name final roster after warmup win over Australia
SHENZHEN (China) - Germany head coach Henrik Rodl named his final roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 after his team knocked off Australia in their final warmup game.
Rodl made his last cut from the list of 13 players who made the trip to China, with Isaac Bonga being dropped from the team. The 19-year-old Bonga still had a chance to play in China as point guard Maodo Lo has been dealing with an injury. But Rodl and his staff are comfortable that Lo will be ready - though he did not play in the 74-64 victory over Australia in Jiangmen.
|Germany's roster for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019|
|Ismet Akpinar||Danilo Barthel||Robin Benzing||Niels Giffey|
|Maximilian Kleber||Maodo Lo||Andreas Obst||Dennis Schroder|
|Daniel Theis||Johannes Thiemann||Johannes Voigtmann||Paul Zipser|
Germany's final exhibition game saw them knock off Australia by 10 points, leading by 19 points after three quarters. Dennis Schroder led the way with 15 points while Maximilian Kleber scored 11 points and Paul Zipser, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann all pitched in 10 points.
Rodl's roster includes the NBA trio of Schroder of Oklahoma City, Kleber from Dallas and Boston's Daniel Theis. Zipser has also played in the NBA but is now a teammate of Lo at Bayern Munich along with Barthel.
Germany will start their Group G campaign in Shenzhen with a big European showdown against France on September 1. They then face Dominican Republic on September 3 and finish First Round play against Jordan on September 5.