Sergio Scariolo, Spain trim preliminary roster to 18 players

Head coach Sergio Scariolo has trimmed the preliminary roster of Spain for the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket to 18 players.

Alberto Diaz, Jonathan Barreiro, Miquel Salvo, and Hector Alderete are the four players that will leave Spain’s training camp for the upcoming tournament.

The 18 players that will continue preparing for the EuroBasket are as follows:

Alberto Abalde, Dario Brizuela, Lorenzo Brown, Quino Colom, Jaime Fernandez, Rudy Fernandez, Usman Garuba, Fran Guerra, Juancho Hernangomez, Willy Hernangomez, Sergio Llull, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui, Juan Nunez, Joel Parra, Jaime Pradilla, Sebas Saiz, Yankuba Sima and Santi Yusta

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The Spaniards will play a total of four preparation matches against Greece in Athens (August 9) and Madrid (August 11) and against Lithuania in Gran Canaria (August 16) and Vilnius (August 18), respectively.

Star guard Sergio Llull will be unavailable for Tuesday’s game against Greece, due to personal reasons. However, he is set to return to the training camp on Wednesday and could play in the second game on Thursday.

For his part, Usman Garuba is dealing with an injury he sustained in the NBA Summer League in mid-July and could miss the tournament.

Spain will compete in the first two games of the Second Round of the 2023 Basketball World Cup against Iceland (August 24) and the Netherlands (August 27).

They will then travel to Tbilisi in late August to take on hosts Georgia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey and Belgium in Group A.

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