In the aftermath of the 71-90 loss to Slovenia in an exhibition game, the Italy NT head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco announced the 16-man roster he will use in the final game of the first phase FIBA World Cup qualifiers vs Netherlands.
In Pozzeco’s list, Gigi Datome is included after a three-year absence and several others veterans like Simone Fontecchio, Paul Biligha, Amedeo Tessitori, Giampaolo Ricci, Davide Alviti, Tommaso Baldasso and Alessandro Pajola.
Italy NT will have a busy summer with the second phase of the FIBA World Qualifiers in August and the start of the 2022 EuroBasket a few days later on September 2. Italy will be among the four hosts of the tournament.
Here are the 16 call-ups for the game against the Netherlands on July 4:
# 00 Amedeo Della Valle (1993, 194, G, Germani Brescia)
# 0 Marco Spissu (1995, 184, P, UNICS Kazan – Russia)
# 6 Paul Biligha (1990, 200, C, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 7 Stefano Tonut (1993, 194, G, Umana Reyer Venezia)
# 12 Diego Flaccadori (1996, 193, P, Dolomiti Energia Trentino)
# 13 Simone Fontecchio (1995, 203, A, Saski Baskonia – Spain)
# 16 Amedeo Vittorio Tessitori (1994, 208, C, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
# 17 Giampaolo Ricci (1991, 202, A, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 33 Achille Polonara (1991, 205, A, Fenerbahce Beko – Turkey)
# 40 Luca Severini (1996, 204, A, Bertram Derthona Basket Tortona)
# 44 Davide Alviti (1996, 200, A, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 52 Tommaso Baldasso (1998, 192, P, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 53 Tomas Woldetensae (1998, 196, G / A, Openjobmetis Varese)
# 54 Alessandro Pajola (1999, 194, P, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
# 70 Luigi Datome (1987, 203, A, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 77 John Petrucelli (1992, 193, G / A, Germani Brescia )
I 1⃣6⃣ per la gara contro i Paesi Bassi ✨
Ecco la lista dei convocati da Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco per il raduno di Brescia e la gara del 4 luglio ad Almere!
— Italbasket (@Italbasket) June 25, 2022