After the last workout in Las Vegas, the coach Sergio “Sheep” Hernández defined the payroll of 12 players who will represent the Argentine basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics, which begin next week.
The three disaffected players were Máximo Fjellerup – He was at the 2019 World Cup-, Juan Fernandez –He played at a very good level in the U19 World Cup in Latvia, which is why this previous one was lost in the United States- and Lautaro Berra.
The selection will repeat nine of the 12 from the 201 World Cup9, when he was runner-up, and will add three players who are making their first weapons in the Major.
The Cordoba forward Juan Pablo Vaulet, who played two games in the qualifying rounds for China 2019 and participated in the qualifying windows for the Americup in February 2020, earned a place after a very good season in the ACB League (he averaged 7.8 points, 52 % from field, 4 rebounds and 22 minutes at Manresa before signing with AEK Athens) and went from lowest to highest in these 20 days in Las Vegas.
The others will make their debut directly in the Major are two figures from the well-known 2000 litter, such as the multifunctional Leandro Bolmaro (with a very good season in Barcelona: 7.9 points and 2 assists in the playoffs) and Francisco Cáffaro (who has played little at the University of Virginia but showed the value of her 2m14 in practice).
The former, who this season played point guard but Hernández will use him more as a guard, earned a spot after coming close to achieving it in 2019.
The 21-year-old center from Santa Fe stood out in the U19 World Cup two years ago, when he averaged 9 rebounds, 7.1 points and 1.1 cap.
“Today was the worst day of the concentration: making the decision of which 12 are and communicating it is what I suffer the most from the whole process. The years go by but I don’t get used to it …”, admitted the Albiceleste coach, who announced final squad after training that ended at midnight in Argentina at the “Michelob Ultra Arena” in Las Vegas.
“12 are going to Tokyo, but I want everyone to feel part of this process, as I want Pablo (Prigioni) to feel part. I love them, respect and admire everyone,” said the Bahian.
The Argentine delegation is traveling to Japan this Saturday with 22 people, according to the quota given by the Japanese Government and the organizers of the Olympic Games.
The 12 players chosen, the head coach, four assistants (Silvio Santander, Gabriel Piccato, Juan Gatti and Maxi Seigorman), two kinesiologists (Leandro Amigo and Paulo Maccari), a physical trainer (Manuel Alvarez), a doctor (Juan Dere) and a prop (Facundo Vartanian): 20 will be in the Olympic Village and two outside (assistants).
Those summoned, then, are the following:
Bases Facundo Campazzo: 1.80 – 30 years – Denver Nuggets Nicolás Laprovittola: 1.88 – 31 years – Real Madrid Luca Vildoza: 1.89 – 25 years – New York Knicks Guard Nicolás Brussino: 2.05 – 27 years – Granada Leandro Bolmaro: 2.00 – 20 years – Barcelona Forwards Gabriel Deck: 1.98 – 26 years – Oklahoma City Thunder Patricio Garino: 1.98 – 28 years – Free Juan Pablo Vaulet: 1.99 – 25 years – AEK Athens Wing
pivots Luis Scola: 2.07 – 41 years – Varese Center pivots Marcos Delia: 2.09 – 29 years – Trieste Tayavek Gallizzi: 2.04 – 28 years- Instituto (C) Francisco Cáffaro: 2.14 – 21 years – University of Virginia.