Datome, Hackett, Melli, Abass and Fontecchio called in the Italian NT

2017-10-18T13:10:47+00:00 2017-10-18T16:27:33+00:00.

Aris Barkas

18/Oct/17 13:10

Eurohoops.net

Italy announced the extended 24 players list for the upcoming FIBA World Cup and it also includes five EuroLeague players.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Gigi Datome and Nikolo Melli from Fenerbahce Dogus, Daniel Hackett from Brose Bamber and also the duo of Abass and Fontecchio from Armani AX Exchange Olimpia Milano are called.

The full list is the following: Awudu Abass (1993, 200, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano), Pietro Aradori (1988, 196, Segafredo Virtus Bologna), Filippo Baldi Rossi (1991, 207, Dolomiti Energia Trentino), Paul Stephane Lionel Biligha (1990, 200, Umana Reyer Venezia), Christian Charles Burns (1985, 203, Red October Cantù), Andrea Crosariol (1984, 212, Red October Cantù), Luigi Datome (1987, 203, Fenerbahçe), Andrea De Nicolao (1991, 185, Umana Reyer Venezia), Amedeo Della Valle (1993, 194, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia), Ariel Filloy (1987, 190, Sidigas Avellino), Diego Flaccadori (1996, 193, Dolomiti Energia Trentino), Simone Fontecchio (1995, 203, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano), Raphael Gaspardo (1993, 207, The Flexx Pistoia), Alessandro Gentile (1992, 200, Segafredo Virtus Bologna), Marco Giuri (1988, 194, Happy Casa Brindisi), Daniel Lorenzo Hackett (1987, 198, Brose Bamberg Basket), Antonio Iannuzzi (1991, 208, Fiat Torino), Nicolò Melli (1991, 205, Fenerbahçe), David Albright Okeke (1998, 202, Fiat Torino), Achille Polonara (1991, 205, Banco di Sardegna Sassari), Giampaolo Ricci (1991, 201, Vanoli Cremona), Brian Sacchetti (1986, 200, Germani Basket Brescia), Luca Vitali (1986, 201, Germani Basket Brescia), Andrea Zerini (1988, 205, Sidigas Avellino).

This is not a surprise, considering what already has happened in Israel, France and Montenegro. The question remains, what the players will do since they will have to chose between their club and their national team which will be competing on the same days.

It has also to be noted that Datome said after the recent Eurobasket that he wanted a break from the national team.