Lithuania name 15-man preliminary squad

Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas today confirmed that Linas Kleiza, Martynas Pocius and Paulius Jankunas have been named in his 15-man preliminary squad for Eurobasket this September.

The trio were doubtful due to injury concerns – Kazlauskas did hint earlier in the month though that the three would recover in time before training camp on July 15. Toronto Raptor Kleiza has not played a competitive game since December 28 and both Jankunas and Pocius have both had operations in February and March, respectively.

However, 31-year-old Simas Jasaitis, who appeared at the 2011 Eurobasket was not included in the 15-strong side.

“He wants to rest and as a coach I understand,” said Kazlauskas on Tuesday.

“Simas has played quite a few years and has had serious injuries, he now just wants everything to heal.”

Lithuania’s Eurobasket 2013 preliminary squad: Mantas Kalnietis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Paulius Jankunas, Jonas Maciulis, Robertas Javtokas, Martynas Gecevicius, Adas Juskevicius, Darjus Lavrinovic, Ksistof Lavrinovic, Tomas Delininkaitis, Renaldas Seibutis, Martynas Pocius, Linas Kleiza, Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas.