Evan Fournier Officially Included in 12-Man French World Cup Roster
It was alluded to on Sunday, but the French Basketball Federation on Tuesday officially announced their 12-man FIBA World Cup roster. For the first time ever, Orlando Magic acquisition Evan Fournier will be on the senior national team. It’s quite the accomplishment from the 21-year-old. Now it’s all about fighting for playing time. Coach Vincent Collet released his finalized squad about two weeks before the big tournament in Spain begins on August 30th. Below is the roster.
Notice the Federation still has Evan listed as a member of the Denver Nuggets because of ’13-’14 club affiliation. Nando De Colo is no longer an NBA player. Edwin Jackson did make the team as Charles Kahudi was the final cut. It goes without saying that the absence of Tony Parker was a huge help in Evan making the team, but Evan’s versatility both on and off the ball will assist in France still being a dangerous opponent. Boris Diaw is still waiting to get his insurance issues corrected, so until then Kim Tillie will be temporarily taking up his spot. Mickael Pietrus‘ brother, Florent, has been the captain. Rudy Gobert has been absolutely impressive at center so far with no Joakim Noah available. Utah’s big has been a way better option than Ian Mahinmi so far. Nicolas Batum may be the gauge in determining how far in the World Cup the French go.
France will host a 3-day weekend exhibition tournament in their town of Antibes. The French will first take on the Philippines on Friday followed by Ukraine on Saturday, and Dante Exum’s Australia side on Sunday. All contests will be played at 2:30 p.m. EST.