Point guard Andrew Albicy is the only Tokyo Olympic vice-champion called up with the French basketball team from the list of 16 players called up for qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup at the end of November. In addition to the unavailability of players in the NBA, the management of the France team faces a duplication in the calendar with Euroleague matches.
Three Villeurbanne players, Elie Okobo, Paul Lacombe and William Howard, are nevertheless released, as is the Monegasque Léo Westermann, for these first two games since the Olympic Games. The Blues will host Montenegro in Pau on November 26 then move to Hungary on the 29th.
“Come back to earth and get back to work”
“We had positive and constructive exchanges with the two French clubs involved in this competition (ASVEL and Monaco) who wish to help the French team,” said the general manager of the French team Boris Diaw in a statement. hoping for a “schedule adjustment” for the clubs concerned.
“After an Olympic campaign that will go down in history, we must all come back to earth and get back to work, as part of this new cycle, notes coach Vincent Collet. Before dreaming of Paris 2024, it is imperative that we maintain our level of performance in the various competitions that await us. “
French basketball nugget Victor Wembanyama (Asvel), 17, was called up as one of three additional “training partners” joining the French squad. The 2023 World Cup is co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines and is scheduled to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023.