The hosts of EuroBasket 2011 started their preparations for the country’s most important sporting event. Eighteen out of twenty candidates had their first training session yesterday in Druskininkai.

Two players will join the team a bit later – Rimantas Kaukenas is expected to arrive today while Sarunas Jasikevicius should join the team in a week after agreeing with coach Kestutis Kemzura.

Jonas Maciulis who will miss the tournament is currently in his rehabilitation process. Still, he joined the first training session.

All eyes are on the national team and understandably there were plenty of journalists buzzing around.

The team will move to Palanga next week to continue training. Lithuania’s first warm-up game will played in Klaipeda on August 4th.

Lithuanian national team’s preliminary squad:

Player Height Pos Age Team
Mantas Kalnietis 1.96 PG 24 Žalgiris
Šarūnas Jasikevičius 1.93 PG 35 Fenerbahce Ulker
Tomas Delininkaitis 1.90 SG 30 Žalgiris
Martynas Gecevičius 1.93 SG 23 Lietuvos Rytas
Rimantas Kaukėnas 1.94 SG 34 Montepaschi Siena
Martynas Pocius 1.96 SG 25 Žalgiris
Renaldas Seibutis 1.96 SG 26 Lietuvos Rytas
Mindaugas Lukauskis 1.98 SG 32 EWE Baskets
Simas Jasaitis 2.01 SF 29 Turk Telekom
Mindaugas Kuzminskas 2.05 SF 21 Žalgiris
Artūras Jomantas 2.00 SF 26 Lietuvos Rytas
Deividas Gailius 2.00 SF 23 Virtus Bologna
Paulius Jankūnas 2.06 PF 27 Žalgiris
Donatas Motiejūnas 2.13 PF 20 Benetton Treviso
Kšištof Lavrinovič 2.10 PF 31 Montepaschi Siena
Darius Songaila 2.06 PF 33 Galatasaray
Marijonas Petravičius 2.09 C 31 Emporio Armani Milano
Darjuš Lavrinovič 2.12 C 31 CSKA Moscow
Robertas Javtokas 2.11 C 31 Žalgiris
Jonas Valančiūnas 2.13 C 19 Lietuvos Rytas

Lithuania’s preparation games

August 4 Lithuania Slovenia Klaipėda, Lithuania
August 6 Lithuania Czech Republic Klaipėda, Lithuania
August 10 Russia Lithuania Moscow, Russia
August 14 Spain Lithuania Madrid, Spain
August 18 Lithuania Spain Kaunas, Lithuania
August 19 Lithuania Russia Panevėžys, Lithuania
August 20 Lithuania Latvia Panevėžys, Lithuania
August 24 Slovenia Lithuania Ljubljana, Slovenia
August 27 Lithuania Georgia Vilnius, Lithuania

“Baltic Giants” were drawn into Group A and will face Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Poland and second placed team from the Additional Qualifying Round (one of Portugal, Hungary and Sweden).