Italbasket, Gianmarco Pozzecco has chosen the sixteen for the training camp

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Gathering started in Brescia

After an emotionally-charged evening in Trieste and two days of break, the national team is back assembling ahead of the July 4 match against the Netherlands away in Almere.

Head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco will have 16 players at his disposal, from which he will choose shortly before the start the 12 who will take the court against the Oranje selection led by Maurizio Buscaglia. Back to the Azzurro is Luigi Datome, whose last presence in the national team dates back to the match against Puerto Rico, the last game of the World Cup in China in 2019. With his 175 appearances, he will be the captain. Also on the roster are Paul Biligha, Amedeo Tessitori, Giampaolo Ricci, Davide Alviti, Tommaso Baldasso and Alessandro Pajola, who, like Datome, played the games in the Scudetto final. Also returning for Simone Fontecchio, who last appeared in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Games against France. Returning from the Trieste gathering are Amedeo Della Valle, Marco Spissu, Stefano Tonut, Diego Flaccadori, Achille Polonara, Luca Severini, Tomas Woldetensae and John Petrucelli.

The team will train at PalaLeonessa until July 3, the day of departure for the Netherlands. Sessions on Thursday, June 30, and Saturday, July 2 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) will be open-door. On Monday, July 4, the last match of the first phase of qualification for the FIBA World Cup 2023 to be played in September next year between Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, Italy, already in the second phase by virtue of Russia’s ouster from the competition due to the conflict in Ukraine, is looking for two important points to carry into the second part of its journey to the World Cup. In the second phase the cross-over with three of the four teams in Group G.

The Azzurri

#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 Milano)
#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 Milano)
#25 Tommaso Baldasso (1998, 192, P, A|X Armani Exchange Milano)
#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 Milano)
#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 Milano)
#77 John Petrucelli (1992, 193, G/A, Germani Brescia)

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