Italy unveils preliminary roster ahead of friendly game vs. Slovenia

By Eurohoops team / [email protected]

Italy has begun its preparations for the June-July FIBA World Cup qualifiers and new head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco has selected his 15-man squad for the friendly game against Slovenia (June 25).

Achille Polonara, Amadeo Della Valle, Marco Spissu and Stefano Tonut are among the names to reinforce the selection. At the same time, the list also features Italian NT debutants John Petrucelli, Leonardo Okeke and Luca Severini.

Below is Pozzecco’s preliminary selection:

  • Amedeo Della Valle (1993, 194, G, Germani Brescia)
  • Marco Spissu (1995, 184, G, UNICS Kazan – Russia)
  • Stefano Tonut (1993, 194, G, Umana Reyer Venezia)
  • Diego Flaccadori (1996, 193, P, Dolomiti Energia Trentino)
  • Matteo Spagnolo (2003, 193, G, Vanoli Cremona)
  • Mattia Udom (1993, 200, F, Happy Casa Brindisi)
  • Alessandro Lever (1998, 208, F/C, Allianz Pallacanestro Trieste)
  • Guglielmo Caruso (1999, 208, C, Openjobmetis Varese)
  • Michele Vitali (1991, 196, G/F, Umana Reyer Venezia)
  • Achille Polonara (1991, 205, F, Fenerbahce Beko – Turchia)
  •  Luca Severini (1996, 204, F, Bertram Derthona Basket Tortona)
  • Leonardo Arinze Okeke (2003, 206, C, Novipiù JB Casale Monferrato)
  • Nicola Akele (1995, 203, F, Nutribullet Treviso)
  • Tomas Woldetensae (1998, 196, G/F, Openjobmetis Varese)
  • John Petrucelli (1992, 193, G/F, Germani Brescia)

Players on-call:

  • Bruno Mascolo (1996, 190, G, Bertram Derthona Basket Tortona)
  • Matteo Imbrò (1994, 192, G, Nutribullet Treviso)
  • Leonardo Candi (1997, 190, G, UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia)
  • Andrea Mezzanotte (1998, 208, F, Dolomiti Energia Trentino)
  • Riccardo Visconti (1998, 197, G, Happy Casa Brindisi)
  • Maximilian Ladurner (2001, 207, C, Dolomiti Energia Trentino)

Following the game against Slovenia, Italy faces The Netherlands on the road on July 4, for the finale of the first round in the European Qualifiers.

 

Photo credit: FIBA

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