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Fournier Shines as France Falls to Serbia; Evan to Make World Cup Roster

2014 August 10
by Adam Papageorgiou


The French men’s national basketball team concluded their 3-day exhibition tourney in Pau, France with a 69-79 loss to Serbia on Sunday. Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier finished with 11 points and 2 rebounds on 4-for-6 shooting (2-of-3 on three-pointers) in sixteen minutes of action. Milwaukee Buck Miroslav Raduljica paced Serbia with 14 points.

Fournier saw only a few minutes in the first half, as France trailed 39-41 at the break. Coach Vincent Collet started Evan in the 3rd quarter and leaned heavily on the 21-year-old to try and spark a comeback. Despite a few sweet triples and athletic takes to the rim from Evan, the French team as a whole couldn’t get enough stops. Evan is clearly at his best when he has the ball in his hands. His talent and athleticism is wasted whenever he’s asked to just camp out in a 3-point corner.

The more important news comes from this tweet following the contest:

David Cozette works for Canal+, a French television station that is very tight with the French Basketball Federation. The tweet basically translates as ‘Fournier to World Cup’. Coach Collet is making some roster cuts and the 21-year-old will be remaining on the roster as Edwin Jackson may be on the way off the team. Before FIBA World Cup action begins on August 30th, the French team will need to be finalized down to 12 players. Evan’s displayed his versatility nicely. Fournier was the final player to be cut last summer as he missed out on being with the French team that won EuroBasket last September in Slovenia.

France will have some days off to prepare for another exhibition tournament that will occur August 15th through the 17th and will take place in Antibes, France which is a short drive from Cannes. Their opponents will be Australia, Ukraine, and the Philippines.


Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

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  1. DWrek permalink
    August 11, 2014

    So Evan is a potential starter for an NBA team, but may not make the final 12 of the French National Team? Are the French that good or am I missing something?

    • August 11, 2014

      Both. You have to remember that National Team’s often don’t just start the best NBA talent that they have. Serge Ibaka barely touched the floor for Spain 2 years ago and he had just finished being a stud in a Finals run. The coaches like guys that know and can play their system.
      Overall, the more experience that Fournier can get at the top international level, the better it is for Orlando.
      Also: he is a potential starter for a bottom of the lottery NBA team… as sad as that statement is, you have to keep that in mind.

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