Guide to 2019 FIBA World Cup

14/Aug/19 08:13 August 30, 2019

Utkan Sahin

14/Aug/19 08:13

Eurohoops presents the ultimate guide to FIBA World Cup 2019!

By Utkan Şahin /

2019 FIBA World Cup is right ahead of us and you are more than welcome to follow all the hype around it with Eurohoops’ huge World Cup file!

Eurohoops family is happy to provide you with a file, where you can see the latest situation for every single team of the FIBA World Cup, which will be held between 31 August – 15 September in China.

Below you can find the team rosters, news, preparation games, to-watch list and much more from the biggest basketball event in the world.

In addition, you will also have easy access to preparation games’ statistics in this very file as well.

Group A – Beijing

Cote D’Ivoire

Group B – Wuhan


Group C – Guangzho

Puerto Rico

Group D – Foshan


Group E – Shanghan

Czech Republic
United States of America

Group F – Nanting

New Zealand

Group G – Shenzen

Dominican Republic

Group H – Dongguan


  • All you need to do is to click on a country’s name in order to visualize the national team.
  • You can see game stats by clicking on *.
  • Players’ new teams are not taken into consideration.

Cote D’Ivoire – Roster (12 players) – Group A

Souleyman Diabate (Nancy – PG) 25 games 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds
Bryan Pamba (Caen – PG) 16 games 5.5 points, 1.7 assists, 1.2 rebounds
Jean Benoit Cyrille (ABC – PG) – No stats –

Charles Abouo (Blois – SG/F) 23 games 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists
Guy Edi (Chalon Reims – SF) 14 games 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.6 assist-

Vafessa Fofana (Nantes – SF) 34 games 9.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists
Tiegbe Bamba (Chartres – F) 12 games 9.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Deon Thompson (Zalgiris – PF/C) 33 games 6.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assist

Frejus Zerbo (JL Bourg – C) 18 games 0.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assist
Adjehi Baru (Coruna – C) 10 games 3.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 block
Bali Coulibaly (La Rochelle – C) 33 games 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assist
Mohamed Kone (Vichy – C) 36 games 8.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 block

Head coach: Paolo Povia, in charge since 2015

  • Cote D’Ivoire has 2 players from 2017 Afrobasket and 9 players from World Cup Qualifiers in the roster.

Average age of the roster: 28.3 years (The 15th youngest team of the tournament)
Number of players under-20: 1 player
Number of players between 20 and 25: 1 players
Number of players between 25 and 30: 5 players
Number of players over-30: 5 players
Youngest player of the roster: Jean Benoit Cyrille – 19-year-old
Oldest player of the roster: Mohamed Kone – 38-year-old
Average height of the roster: 197.0 centimeters (The 23th tallest team of the tournament)
Number of players with the height under-190: 3 players
Number of players with the height between 190 and 200: 3 players
Number of players with the height over 200: 6 players
Shortest player of the roster: Jean Benoit Cyrille – 1.71 centimeters
Tallest players of the roster: Mohamed Kone- 2.11 centimeters

The leagues where players compete:

PRO B (France 2. League): 6 players
LNB (France): 2 players
NM1 (France 3 League): 1 player
LKL (Lithuanian): 1 player
D1 (Cote D’Ivoire): 1 player
LEP Gold (Spain 2. League): 1 player

EuroLeague: 1 player

Schedule of preparation games (4-6)

30 July Cote D’Ivoire-Switzerland: 69-68 (Deon Thompson 12 points, Roberto Kovac 20 points) *
31 July Cote D’Ivoire-Italy: 58-69 (Vafessa Fofana 10 points, A. Gentile 22 points) *
07 August Cote D’Ivoire-Philippines: 83-94 (Andrey Blatche 18 points)
09 August Cote D’Ivoire-Spain: 62-79 (Vafessa Fofana 14 points, Willy Hernangomez 14 points) *
10 August Cote D’Ivoire-Philippines: 63-73 (Deon Thompson 20 points, Robert Bollick 19 points) *
13 August Cote D’Ivoire-Holland B: 66-60
15 August Cote D’Ivoire-Holland B: 55-71
17 August Cote D’Ivoire-Iowa State: 69-98
24 August Cote D’Ivoire-Fujian: 78-58
26 August Cote D’Ivoire-Qingdao Eagles: 78-59


PG: Souleymen Diabete – Bryan Pamba – Jean Cyrille
SG: Guy Edi-  Charles Abouo
SF: Vafessa Fofana – Tiegbe Bamba
PF: Deon Thompson – Bali Coulibaly
C : Mohamed Kone – Frejus Zerbo – Adjehi Baru

Who is missing the competition?

Jean Francois Kebe, Nisre Zouzoua, Cedric-Elio Bah and Herve Lamizana won’t play in this tournament.


– Côte d’Ivoire players have gone on a strike a few days ahead of China’s FIBA World Cup.
– The Cote D’Ivoire neutralized Deon Thompson ahead of the tournament.
– Cote D’Ivoire, started preparations on July 10th.
– Nisre Zouzoua, Herve Lamizana, Cedric-Elio Bah, Jacques Kouassi, Fode Traore and Isaac Cisse were cut prelimanary squad.
– Amadou Sidibe cut prelimanary squad.

7 Basic things regarding the team

Team’s main star: Deon Thompson
Team’s youngster: Jean Benouit Cyrille
Target: At least a victory
Who can shine out in the competition?: Vafessa Fofana
Biggest success: Cote D’Ivoirewon the gold medals in 1981 and 1985 Afrobasket.
What did they do in the Qualifiers: Cote D’Ivoire was third in the group. – Senegal and Nigeria –
How many times did they participate: 3 times (their biggest success is 13th spot in 1982 World Cup )