SRB - Djordjevic announces preliminary squad for Spain 2014
BELGRADE (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic has included 29 candidates for the country's team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, including several veterans that did not feature at last year's EuroBasket.
Milos Teodosic, Dusko Savanovic, Milenko Tepic, Novica Velickovic, Milan Macvan, Boban Marjanovic, Vladimir Lucic and Miroslav Raduljica competed for Serbia in past summers but weren't in the 2013 squad for a myriad of reasons.
Teodosic, Savanovic, Tepic, Velickovic and Macvan were in the Serbia squad that finished fourth at the 2010 FIBA World Championship while Raduljica, who played as a rookie in the NBA this season with the Milwaukee Bucks, last wore the national team shirt at EuroBasket 2009 when he helped the team to a second-place finish.
"This is an expanded list of players for the team that will travel to Spain," Djordjevic said.
"The final composition will depend on the form of players, their health, and the preparations.
"With most of the candidates we have been in direct contact, and that contact will continue until 9 July, when they begin the preparations.
"We are following the games of candidates in the finals of the national championships, as well as the performances in the junior national teams."
Serbia clinched a spot at the World Cup when they defeated Italy in the battle for seventh place at the EuroBasket in Slovenia.
The team rose one spot to No. 11 in the FIBA Ranking Men.
Serbia preliminary squad for 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup: Milos Teodosic, Stefan Markovic, Nemanja Nedovic, Vasilije Micic, Stefan Jovic, Nenad Miljenovic, Milenko Tepic, Stefan Peno, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Krstic, Vladimir Micov, Vladimir Lucic, Nikola Kalinic, Nemanja Dangubic, Nemanja Bjelica, Novica Velickovic, Zoran Erceg, Dusko Savanovic, Stefan Bircevic, Luka Mitrovic, Milan Macvan, Nenad Krstic, Ognjen Kuzmic, Boban Marjanovic, Vladimir Štimac, Dejan Kravic, Nikola Milutinov, Rasko Katic and Miroslav Raduljica.