Mexican basketball announce 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers roster
The core of the roster remains the same as those who finished undefeated in the first window last November beating American powerhouses Puerto Rico and the United States in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The roster has a very familiar look as well as valuable opportunities for young players who grew up on the national team program like Victor Valdez who just helped Mexico finish second in the FIBA U-17 Tournament CentroBasket in December. Once again, players (excluding Bonilla) from Europe, the NBA, and the NCAA are not on the final roster due to club and college commitments.
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Mexico will travel with 14 players (two more than normal) as Quintero wants the extra manpower due to the possibility of losing someone to the mandatory COVID-19 tests teams will undergo to compete.
“Without a doubt, I believe in them and I’m sure they will leave their hearts and souls on the ground as always so that in this round of play we get the ranking for the next phase which will bring us closer and closer. more than the end goal which is the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 because together nothing stops us.Quintero said during his roster announcement press conference.
Composition of Mexico for the second round:
Orlando Mendez (Plateros de Fresnillo – Mexico), Irwin Avalos (Libertadores de Querétaro – Mexico), Paul Stoll (Metropolitans 92 – France), Fabian Jaimes (Mexico City Capitanes – NBA G-League), Moises Andriassi (Mexico City Capitanes – NBA G-League), Daniel Amigo (Soles de Mexicali – Mexico), Israel Gutierrez (Astros de Jalisco – Mexico), Gael Bonilla (FC Barcelona II – Spain), Jonatan Machado (Astros de Jalisco – Mexico), Gabriel Giron Jr. ( CD Valdivia – Chile), Kohl Meyer (Lenadores de Durango – Mexico), Jose Estrada (Soles de Mexicali – Mexico), Victor Valdes (Mexico U-18), Kelvin Jones ( Fuerza Regia – Mexico).
Quintero and staff will welcome these players for final preparations on February 20 before starting the next phase of play on February 24 against Cuba at the Coliseo de La Cuidad Deportiva in Havana and in Washington DC against Americas rival USA. , on February 27 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. .
Seven countries are competing to qualify out of 16 teams from the Americas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.