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France 12 to OQT bared
by rick olivares
France head coach Vincent Collet and national technical director Patrick Beesley revealed today, June 29, the 12 players who will be in the roster for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila from July 5-10.
Included in the 12 are forward Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets), combo guard Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow), power forward-center Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs), point guard Antoine Diot (Valencia), small forward Mickael Gelabale (Le Mans), point guard Thomas Huertel (Anadolu Efes Istanbul), small forward Chalres Kahudi (ASVEL Basket), center Joffrey Lauvergne (Denver Nuggets), power forward Adrien Moerman (Bandirma Banvit), point guard Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), power forward Florent Pietrus (Nancy), and center Kim Tillie (Vitoria).
Surprisingly, New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca did not make the cut as did shooting guard Edwin Jackson Unicaja). The latter was told to accompany the team to Manila in the event that Antoine Diot does not recover in time from a leg injury.
Team France will hold a press conference on later today in Paris before flying off to Manila in the evening.