Coach Eddy Casteels has the 16-year-old talent Haris Bratanovic included in the pre-selection of the Belgian national basketball team for the world cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina (23/02 in Sarajevo), and France (25/02 in Nancy). The 2m08 large center plays for Falco Gent.
The 20-year-old Tim Lambrecht (2m10) of Ostend belongs to the 24-man pre-selection. Quentin Serron and Jonathan Tabu, for the first part of the world cup-qualifications out with injuries, are also gepreselecteerd. And Matt Lojeski, who previously had been prevented by the Euroleague with Panathinaikos, is also on the list. Sam Van Rossom is outside of battle with a severe back injury. On February 19, to leave the Belgian Lions with 14 players to Sarajevo.
The team of Casteels lost on the first match day with 59-70 of France. Then Russia was in Moscow with a 76-69 too strong. The first three countries of the group to punch through to the second and last part of the world cup qualifications in september 2018. The Belgians hope after four successive european CHAMPIONSHIPS for the first time at a world cup.
Pre-selection of 24 players: Thomas Akyazili, Ismael Bako, Khalid Boukichou, Haris Bratanovic, Maxime De Zeeuw, Terry Deroover, Xavier François, Pierre-Antoine Gillet, Amaury Gorgemans, Vincent Kesteloot, Tim Lambrecht, Elias Lasisi, Alexandre Libert, Matthew Lojeski, Domien Loubry, Jean-Marc Mwema, Retin Obasohan, Jean Salumu, Loïc Schwartz, Quentin Serron, Jonathan Tabu, Olivier Troisfontaines, Kevin Tumba, and Hans Vanwijn.