Israel coach Erez Edelstein named his preliminary 16-man roster for September’s EuroBasket tournament on Sunday, with the injured Yotam Halperin and Guy Pnini the only notable absentees.
Captain Halperin and forward Pnini, who were both starters in last summer’s qualifying campaign, were ruled out last week.Halperin, who helped Hapoel Jerusalem to an historic BSL championship last season, was diagnosed with a back injury, while Pnini has yet to fully recover from the surgery he underwent on his Achilles last November.
“I have been playing for the different national teams since I was 14 and I have never missed a campaign,” said Halperin. “It won’t be easy for me to watch the national team from the sidelines but I have no other choice.”
Rafi Menco was the only surprise call-up on Sunday, with Edelstein’s squad also including guards Yogev Ohayon, Afik Nissim, Gal Mekel, Raviv Limonad, Dagan Yivzuri and Bar Timor.