Greece trims roster to 16 players

2022-08-17T11:51:05+00:00 2022-08-17T13:18:06+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

17/Aug/22 11:51

Dimitris Itoudis inches closer to the final squad for the 2022 EuroBasket

By Johnny Askounis/

The Greece senior national team squad stands at 16 players following the latest cuts confirmed by national team selector Dimitris Itoudis.

Alex Antetokounmpo, Lefteris Mantzoukas, Omiros Netzipoglou, Giorgos Tanoulis, and Giorgos Tsalmpouris were the initial cuts announced early last week. Nikos Chougkaz, Giannis Kouzeloglou, and Dimitris Moraitis were the next players removed from the training camp.

Greece’s remaining selections:

Dimitris Agravanis
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Kostas Antetokounmpo (LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne)
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Lefteris Bochoridis (Panathinaikos OPAP)
Nick Calathes (FC Barcelona)
Tyler Dorsey (Dallas Mavericks)
Kostis Gontikas (AS Karditsas Biologiko Xorio)
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis (Panathinaikos OPAP)
Leonidas Kaselakis (Peristeri)
Giannoulis Larentzakis (Olympiacos)
Michalis Lountzis (Olympiacos)
Giorgos Papagiannis (Panathinaikos OPAP)
Kostas Papanikolaou (Olympiacos)
Ioannis Papapetrou (Partizan NIS)
Kostas Sloukas (Olympiacos)

Greece is readying to host the 31st International Tournament Acropolis Aegean. The four-team tournament features prep games against Poland Wednesday, Georgia Thursday, and Turkey Friday in Athens. The final tests before the next batch of games in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers and the approaching 2022 EuroBasket.

Facing Serbia on the road and Belgium at home marks next week’s schedule. The team coached by Itoudis is set to start Group I at 3-1 and in a leading position to punch in one of the three available tickets to next summer’s World Cup.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and international teammates will then travel to Milano for five fixtures of EuroBasket’s preliminary round 2 to 8 September. Group C’s rivals are Croatia, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, and Estonia. The top four will progress to the next round.