The Czech Basketball Federation released its 15-man EuroBasket 2022 roster. Names such as Tomas Satoransky, Jan Vesely, ad Vit Krejci may ring a bell for NBA fans, all the aforementioned players have NBA experience of various degrees, with Sato having the most successful NBA run out of the three, having played 388 games over six seasons and putting up career averages of 6.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 over that time. Vesely played in 162 games over four seasons, averaging 3.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists. Krejcl at just 22, is the youngest of these NBA vets and has only appeared in 30 games in the Association for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, averaging 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Satoransky and Vesely have been staples of the national team since 2009, while Krejci made his debut at that level back in 2019 during the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, helping his team advance to the World Cup.
The Czech Republic will host Group D of the preliminary round of EuroBasket, where they will take on Israel, the Netherlands, Serbia, Finland and Poland from September 2-8. The top four teams in the group will advance to the elimination round in Berlin, Germany September 10-18.
Czech team will also take part in the Wold Cup Qualifiers second and final round in late August. The team will travel to France and then host Hungary for their first two qualifier games. The top three of their six-team pool will secure a berth in in next summer’s World Cup.
Czech Republic’s 15-man list:
Patrik Auda (Yokohama B-Corsairs)
Ondrej Balvin (Prometey)
Jaromir Bohacik (Brose Bamberg)
Vojtech Hruban (London Lions)
David Jelinek (UCAM Murcia)
Vit Krejci (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Martin Kriz (ERA Nymburk)
Tomas Kyzlink (Brose Bamberg)
Lukas Palyza (ERA Nymburk)
Martin Peterka (Lowen Braunschweig)
Viktor Pulpan (egoe Brno)
Tomas Satoransky (FC Barcelona)
Ondrej Sehnal (Lowen Braunschweig)
Jan Vesely (FC Barcelona)
Tomas Vyoral (KVIS Pardubice)