Expanded list for 2016 national Lithuanian basketball team published by FIBA
FIBA has published an expanded list of Lithuanian basketball player candidates for the Olympics - despite Lithuanian national team coach Jonas Kazlauskas' promise that he would only publish the list after the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) finals.
The list published by FIBA includes all of last year's Eurobasket vice-champions, as well as Donatas Motiejūnas, who had a back injury last year, and Martynas Gecevičius, who tried his luck in Turkey last year and has not played for the national team since the 2010 world championship under coach Kęstutis Kemzūra.
The list included a few young candidates as well: Vaidas Kariniauskas, who played in Greece, Marius Grigonis, who did well in Spain, and Edgaras Ulanovas, who had a good season with Kaunas' Žalgiris. Mindaugas Girdžiūnas, who played well for Klaipėda's Neptūne this year, will be vying for Mantas Kalnietis' spot, though Girdžiūnas was on the national team's last year as well and was not invited.
Kazlauskas has said that he will soon announce which players will be invited to the training camps starting in Palanga on June 20th. The LKL promises to publish the shorter list of candidates tomorrow.
Expanded Lithuanian National Team candidate list:
Defenders: Mindaugas Girdžiūnas, Žygimantas Janavičius, Mantas Kalnietis, Vaidas Kariniauskas, Lukas Lekavičius, Martynas Gecevičius, Marius Grigonis, Adas Juškevičius, Artūras Milaknis, Martynas Pocius and Renaldas Seibutis.
Attackers: Rokas Giedraitis, Deividas Gailius, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Jonas Mačiulis, Edgaras Ulanovas, Paulius Jankūnas, Donatas Motiejūnas and Domantas Sabonis.
Centers: Artūras Gudaitis, Robertas Javtokas, Antanas Kavaliauskas, Darjušas Lavrinovičius and Jonas Valančiūnas.