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July 2016
6 Juan TOSCANO (Mexico)
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Plenty of veterans for OQT-bound Mexico

MEXICO CITY (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments) - Mexico coach Sergio Valdeolmillos will not be short of experienced players at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Turin with plenty of veterans of recent campaigns among the 15 players in the latest squad.

The team is about to play at the Centrobasket in Panama and has plenty of heavy hitters set to take take part, although Gustavo Ayon is likely to miss out as a result of his continued involvement with Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga Endesa Finals. Ayon will be available, though, for the OQT.

Mexico 15-man squad for FIBA OQT in Turin

 Gustavo Ayon  Pako Cruz  Edgar Garibay  Gabriel Giron
 Jorge Gutierrez  Jose Gutierrez  Hector Hernandez  Orlando Mendez
 Pedro Meza  Adam Parada  Marco Ramos  Lorenzo Mata
 Paul Stoll  Juan Toscano-Anderson  Rodrigo Zamora  

Mexico have been a team on the rise the past few years, winning the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship and advancing to the Round of 16 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Mexico also hosted last year's FIBA Americas Championship but lost a hotly-contested Semi-Final to Argentina before falling at the death to Canada in the Third-Place Game.

One of the players in the title-winning side of 2013, Lorenzo Mata, was injured and unavailable the last two years but he has returned and figures to be an important man in the team.

At the OQT, Mexico will need to finish in the top two of Group A with Greece and Iran to advance to the Semi-Finals and a game against Group B side Italy, Croatia or Tunisia. The Semi-Final winners will meet in a do-or-die game for Olympic qualification.

Mexico have not played at a Summer Games since 1976 in Montreal.