The Head coach of the Serbian national team, Aleksandar Đorđević, announced the national selection that will compete in the September window of the European Qualifiers 2017-2019 games for the FIBA Basketball World Cup China 2019.
Despite the fact that Boban Marjanović (Center, C), Miloš Teodosić (Point guard – Shooting guard, PG – SG) and Nikola Jokić (C) won’t play for the national team, the Serbian squad is ready for the new challenges. The First two mentioned players won’t play due the decision of their club, Los Angeles Clippers, and Jokić decided not to play due to unknown reasons.
The Serbian national team will include, among others, Sacramento Kings Nemanja Bjelica (Power forward – Small forward, PF – SF) and Bogdan Bogdanović (SG), while plenty EuroLeague players had made the cut.
The Serbian 16-men squad is the following: Stefan Jović (PG) from Munich, Vasilije Micić (PG, who played 2 of the 6 previous games in the 3 previous windows) from Efes, Aleksa Avramović (PG, who played 1 of the 6 previous games) from Pallacanestro Varese, Nemanja Nedović (PG – SG) from Milano, Ilija Đoković (Guard, G, who played 5 of the 6 previous games) from KK Borac Čačak, Bog. Bogdanović from Sacramento, Dragan Milosavljević (SG, who played 2 of the 6 previous games) from Málaga, Marko Simonović (SF, who played all the 6 previous games) from BC Zenit Saint Petersburg, Dejan Todorović (SF, who played 5 of the 6 previous games) from Murcia, Nikola Kalinić (SF – PF) from Fenerbahçe, Vladimir Lučić (SF – PF) from Munich, N. Bjelica from Sacramento, Stevan Jelovac (PF, who played 4 of the 6 previous games) from Bamberg, Miroslav Raduljica (C, who played 4 of the 6 previous games) from Jiangsu Dragons, Nikola Milutinov (C, who played 2 of the 6 previous games) from Olympiacos and Uroš Luković (C) from KK Mornar Bar.
Two players weren’t in the first announced 24-men squad, Luković and Đoković, but even though they were added afterwards, the Serbian head coach put his trust in them.
The National team started the preparation process yesterday (September, 2nd) for the games against Greece (September, 13th, in Heraklion, Crete) and Estonia (September, 16th, in Belgrade, “White City”, capital and largest city of the Republic of Serbia).