While it is understandable that basketball fans will be looking for big name players to come to the fore at the FIBA World Cup taking place in Spain, this isn’t the only type of player to keep an eye out for. A World Cup is always a great way for a youngster to announce themselves as a big time player and to serve up the most exciting introduction to themselves.
The fact that there will be six college basketball players taking to the courts in Spain is great news for players keen to see the best of up and coming talent at these events. The new campus year is close to starting, so some of these players may have to make up some time when they get back from the World Cup, but you can imagine that most schools and colleges will be willing to be flexible with respect to the timetables for these players. When it comes to prestige, it is hard to overlook the benefits that your body of education can receive when you have a player appearing at the leading sporting event.
New Zealand are putting their faith in two college stars
New Zealand will definitely be a country to keep an eye on because they have two players who are currently at college. One of the team’s top players, who had a starring role in their win over Serbia is Tai Webster. Tai is a guard hailing from Nebraska and he managed to help himself to 21 points as New Zealand pulled off a surprise victory in their warm up for the major basketball event taking place this summer.
The other college player that New Zealand can call on is Isaac Fotu, who has played two full seasons in Hawaii. The player has developed an excellent reputation as one of the leading front of court players in the Big West and he is all set to stamp his mark on the World Cup and the up-coming season.
There are a lot of senior forwards from US colleges at the FIBA World Cup
Egypt will also be able to call on a college student as Assem Marei hails from Minnesota State. The player is a strong forward that the Egyptian fans and coaches will be hoping turns on the style in Spain. Angola will be looking for Tanock Moreira, another senior forward, hailing from SMU to grab points and give them a chance of causing an upset in this big event. Senegal are looking to Maurice Ndour to score some points to give them hope this summer and the Ukraine will be relying on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the freshman guard from Kansas, to stand up to be counted when he is called on.
If one or two of these players manage to have a big impact at the FIBA World Cup, you can rest assured that there will be even more attention paid to the NCAA season and to college basketball across the United States. If players can go directly from college basketball to performing strongly at the leading international basketball tournament of the year, you can bet that there will be teams from the NBA and across Europe who are looking at players with strong intent. Most of the focus will fall on the big names, and of course Team USA, but hopefully some of the college kids will enjoy their summer sojourn to Spain.
With teams now making their way to Spain and running through their final preparations, there has never been a better time to pull your FIBA World Cup bets and plans together.