22 November, 2021
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Exciting players return to represent their country in the third Americas Qualifiers window

MIAMI (United States) – In this third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers we will have a lot of players returning to represent their home country on a regional level.

These athletes will do their best to keep their teams at a high level or give their teams a better chance to move on to the next round. These are some names we’re excited to see in July:

Dillon Brooks – Canada

The Memphis Grizzlies forward hasn't worn his country's jersey since the FIBA ​​World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. Now he’s been called up by coach Nick Nurse and is expected to play a leading role within the team.

In the NBA he is known for his good perimeter defense and scoring ability (17.5 PPG), which will prove beneficial to a team that aspires to finish undefeated in Group C. Brooks is, without a doubt, one of the most experienced talents we’ll see this window.

Leandro Bolmaro – Argentina

The shooting guard made his debut with the senior team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after excellent stints in the Argentine youth categories (FIBA U-19 World Cup). Now, after his rookie season in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he's getting ready to participate in the Americas Qualifiers.

At just 21 years old, he is one of the great basketball prospects in his country and it is expected that he will soon begin to take center stage in the national team. His athletic qualities and ability to play up to three positions will give a great plus to Nestor Garcia’s squad.

Jayson Granger – Uruguay


The experienced point guard is back after his sensational performance for the Uruguayan team in the FIBA ​​Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Canada, where he averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds. The Uruguayan team has great point guards in Fitipaldo, Parodi, and Vidal, but Granger, with his speed and physical power, puts them on another level.

The 32-year-old will bring a little of everything to the team led by Rubén Magnano and, together with Fitipaldo, will form one of the most productive point guard-shooting duos of this third Window.

Akil Mitchell – Panama

The Central American country is in urgent need of offense and being able to count on Mitchell is a relief for coach Flor Meléndez and his squad. The small forward has not been able to put on his country's jersey since the last FIBA ​​AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers (7.5 points and 8.0 rebounds).

He played in the Basketball Champions League with Pinar Karsiyaka from Turkey (9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds) and then joined Brose Bamberg from Germany (11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds). Those European team commitments prevented him from being in the past windows, but now he will bring a lot of versatility and will try to help the team to secure a place in the Second Round.

Brian Angola-Colombia

He was the leading scorer in the first window with an average of 27.0 points per game, but physical problems kept him from the second window. Now fully recovered, he is ready to contribute all his offensive skill set to Colombia who find themselves in a difficult situation.

Colombia need to beat Chile by at least 15 points to stay with options to advance to the next phase. The task is not easy, but they will be at home and with the return of Angola and Juan Tello they shall keep hope alive.

Manuel Suarez – Chile

The presence of "Manny" in itself already gives another shape to the Chilean game in the paint area. He averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in the first window, but injuries got in the way and left him out for the second.

He is called to be a key factor in the search for the victory that will allow the Chileans to sneak into the Second Round. The 2.08m, 28-year-old player finished strong in Hungary's top league, with 13.5 points and 6.2 boards.


NOTE: The players mentioned above were chosen based on the preliminary rosters announced by the national federations. More definite lists will become known closer to the start of the third window. View all preliminary rosters here.