FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2012: 5 Players Who Could Impress in London
The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2012 Olympic Games features a few stars who will impress on the international stage of the London Games if given the chance.
These five players are stars on their teams and have dominated during the qualifying tournament. If their countries make it to the Olympics, these stars will shine the brightest.
With a poor supporting cast around them, these players have not yet guaranteed themselves spots in London. However, if they can carry their teams to the Olympics, you can bet that these guys will dazzle in front of the entire world.
Bo McCalebb, Macedonia
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Bo McCalebb is a Macedonian guard who is both a scoring threat and one of the best passers in the tournament.
Born in the USA and now a citizen of Macedonia, McCalebb decided to play for the smaller country where he would be a star instead of attempting to make Team USA.
So far it looks like it might have been the better decision, as he is averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 assists per game in the tournament. Macedonia is in a good position to move on to London.
McCalebb has been vital to the team's success both as the leading scorer and top assist man. He is fourth in the competition in scoring and tied for first in assists. He is keeping his team moving and could lead them to London.
Jack Martinez, Dominican Republic
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Jack Martinez is a beast inside. Despite standing at just 6'7", the Dominican Republic forward has been dominant on the glass, grabbing a ridiculous 18.5 rebounds per game.
Martinez is helping the D.R. be arguably the best rebounding team in the competition right now, and he could help his country compete inside against any country in the world.
His athleticism and ability to box out make him a threat inside not just as a rebounder. He is also averaging 14.5 points per game and is one of only two players to average a double-double in the competition.
With his ability to play well inside, Martinez is a valuable asset. He loves to score off of offensive rebounds and he grabs five per game. He can dominate against smaller teams, including when he pulled down 25 rebounds against Korea.
Look for Martinez and his teammate to impress in London.
Greivis Vasquez, Venezuela
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The Maryland college star and New Orleans Hornets guard, Greivis Vasquez, has impressed in international play so far.
Vasquez has averaged 24.0 points and 5.0 assists per game in the competition, ranking third in scoring and tying for fourth in assists.
He has led Venezuela to a 1-1 record and a three-way tie in Group B. Without Vasquez, the team could not have made it this far as he is the star that has powered the team.
He has been remarkably consistent, scoring exactly 24 points in each of his two games.
Vasquez is the leader of this team. If they make it to the Olympics, he will impress against some of the best players in the world.
Linas Kleiza, Lithuania
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Linas Kleiza is a small forward for Lithuania. He is an incredibly efficient scoring threat who is averaging 25.0 points per game in the competition so far.
Kleiza can score at will and has helped lead his country to a 1-1 record and a three-way tie in Group B. He is the leader of his team and there is no way that they would have gotten this far without him.
Along with his 25 points, Kleiza averages 4.5 rebounds per game.
Shooting an incredible 53.8 percent from three, Kleiza has been showing off his range and his threes have kept Lithuania in contention.
This guy is a tremendous scorer who will be able to show it off on a team that he leads if he can make it to London.
Al Horford, Dominican Republic
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Al Horford is showing signs of his dominance once again. He was a star at Florida and his average of 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in the NBA does not show his true skill.
Averaging 26.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game makes him the most productive player in the competition so far. He is the top scorer and is second in rebounds. He is playing well both inside and out, helping the Dominican Republic along with teammate Jack Martinez.
Despite a poor supporting cast outside of Martinez, he has helped his country go 1-1.
Horford may not be a star in the NBA, but he would prove to be one in international play should he make it to the Games.