The Slovenia Times

Dragić Likely Out of Slovenia's Eurobasket Roster


The roster features two naturalised players, American power forward Bryant Dunston and Bosnian centre Alen Omić, but the rules for the tournament allow only one of them to actually play.

Besides Dunston and Omić, the roster features Jure Balažič, Jaka Blažič, Žiga Dimec, Zoran Dragić, Nebojša Joksimović, Jaka Klobučar, Klemen Prepelič, Uroš Slokar and Gašper Vidmar.

This means that only ten of the listed players will be on the final roster, and the remaining two spots will be filled by players from the B-team and the U20 team.

The list does not feature Goran Dragić, who is expected to become a father for the second time at the end of August. He has recently told Zdovc that he should not be counting on him for the Eurobasket for this reason.

He did however leave the door slightly open, with the possibility of joining the team just before the start of the tournament at the beginning of September.

Dragić's three-year NBA contract is soon to expire and he is expected to sign a new multi-year contact, most likely with his current team, which can offer the longest contract and most money.

Training camp will start on 18 July, and Zdovc hopes he will have at least 13 players to work with. "I'm convinced that we can still compile a team that could match up with all teams at the EuroBasket," he told the press.

Slovenia will play a total of ten warm-up games between 30 July and 29 August before heading for Croatia's Zagreb, which hosts the preliminary group C also featuring Croatia, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Greece and Georgia.

The 2015 EuroBasket will be played between 5 and 20 September 2015, with the hosting of the group stage divided among Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia. The knock-out round and the finals will played in France's Lille.

Slovenia booked a ticket to this year's European basketball championships by virtue of taking fifth place at the EuroBasket 2013, which was hosted by Slovenia.


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