EURO BASKET 2017 - Group A: FINLAND
BIO: The finnish national team is the emblem of a country which is living a great development e which can be considered as a loose cannon of the continental competitions; the historic core has some defection but, with the leader Koponen e the shooter Salin there will be the most expected support: the phenomenal Lauri Markkanen. The task of coach Dettmann, a reference at such latitudes, will be to find the way to integrate the pick number 7 of the latest draft in the team; if he succeeds, by combining the home court advantage of the first phase with the support of their passionate and enthusiastic spectators, one of the greatest in Europe, it could be considered plausible to imagine the Finland on the road to Istanbul despite a not benevolent draw.
QUALIFIED: as one of the four country which organizes the first phase
EYES ON: Lauri Markkanen; obviously the leader of the finnish team will still remain Koponen, but the performance of the new player of the Chicago Bulls will be important for the destiny of his team; great shooter and great talent, he has all the skills to be a modern big-man and to have a secure future in the Nba and with his national team too; but, as we well know, the debut on a big stage – also with such media pressure – is never easy
CALENDAR: in Helsinki: 31/08 vs France – 02/09 vs Slovenia – 03/09 vs Poland – 05/09 vs Greece – 06/09 vs Iceland