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Jones Cup 2013: Teams, Rosters, Top Players and More

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 26:  Yuta Tabuse #13 of Japan calls out a play as he is guarded by Javad Davari #6 of Iran during the men's bronze medal basketball game at the Guangzhou International Sports Arena during day fourteen of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 on November 26, 2010 in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Justin OnslowContributor IIJuly 5, 2013

Basketball wasn’t always a prevalent sport on the international level, but events like the William Jones Cup have gone a long way toward spreading its popularity to every corner of the globe.

Beginning July 6, the 35th edition of the Jones Cup will take place in Taipei City, featuring some notable talent from nine international teams. The tournament spans nine days in a round-robin format, with each team in search of some international prestige and a potential championship finish.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the Jones Cup, highlighting some of the tournament’s top talent to watch ahead of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship next month.

 

Where: Xinzhuang Gymnasium; Taipei, Taiwan

When: July 6-July 14

2012 Winner: Philippines

Teams to Watch: United States, Iran

 

Teams and Rosters

Iran began an impressive run in the Jones Cup beginning with a win in 2009—the first of three consecutive championships before the Philippines ended its streak last year. While the United States has a long-standing history of success in the event, it hasn’t fielded a championship squad since 2006, finishing second in 2008 and third in 2012.

As such, Iran should be considered a serious contender to add another title this year, but the U.S. team can’t be counted out, nor can Japan or Korea, each of which posted a top-three finish in the last two contests.

The Philippines were not invited back to the event this year following international tension with Taiwan, as noted by Paul Huang of TaipeiTimes.com.

Here’s a breakdown of each team’s roster.

 

Lebanon

Player Position
Jean Abdel Nour G-F
Mohammed Ibrahim G
Ali Mahmoud G
Cheikh Hussein El Khatib PG
Bachir Ammouri F-C
Elie Estephane G
Ali Haidar F
Rodrigue Akl PG
Ali Kanaan F-C
Amir Saoud G
Loren Woods C
Fadi Khatib F

 

Japan

Player Position
Keijuro Matsui
G
Daiki Tanaka
F
Makoto Hiejima
G
Atsuya Ota
C
Yuta Watanabe
SF
Takahiro Kurihara
G-F
Kosuke Takeuchi
F-C
Ryota Sakurai
G
Daisuke Noguchi
F
Naoto Tsuji G-F
Kosuke Kanamaru G-F
Yasutoshi Uda G-F
Shohei Kikuchi G-F
Sean Hinkley F

 

South Korea

Player Position
Lee Jong-Hyun C
Kim Mingoo G
Kim Sun-Hyung G
Yang Dong-Geun G
Kim Tae-Sool PG
Park Chan-Hee G
Yoon Ho-Young F
Cho Sung-Min F
Kim Joo-Sung F-C
Kim Jong-Kyu C
Choi Bu Kyung F
Sandrin Eric F-C
Stevenson Gregory F

 

United States

Player Position
Marcus Melvin
Curtis Marshall G-F 
Eric Hicks
Jermaine Barnes G-F 
Cyril Awere
Haywood Owens
DeAndre Bray
Rene Rougeau G-F 
Ed Horton
Mychal Kearse G
Jermaine Dailey F
Cervante Burrell PG
Chris Vanlandingham  G

 

Jordan

Player Position
Sinan Eid G
Fadel Najjar G
Ahmad Dwairi C
Hani Farraj G
Ahmad Hamarche F
Ibrahim Emran C
Khaldoun Abou Ruqayah F
Abdallah Abou Qoura F
Wissam Sous G
Mahmoud Abdeen G
Mohamad Hussein F
Mohamad Hadrab F
Jimmy Baxter G
Ali Zaghab F
Mohamad Zaghab F

 

Iran

Player Position
Hamed Hosseinzadeh G
Aren Davoudi G
Javad Davari G
Mehdi Kamrani  G
Saman Veisi G
Oshin Sahakian F
Hamed Afagh G
Hamed Sohrabnejad F
Asghar Kardoust  C
Rouzbeh Arghavan C
Samad Nikha Bahrami F
Hamed Ehdadi C
Mahamad Jamshidi F
Mohamad Hassanzadeh F
Said Davarpana  G

 

Egypt

Player Position
Ismail Ahmad F
Ibrahim Jamal G
Ibrahim Abou Khadra G
Ramy Abdallah F
Ahmed Mounir G
Mohamad Khorshid F
Tarek Ghanam C
Haytham Khalifa F
Mouhanad Sabbagh G
Sherif Abdallah G
Ahmad Sabbagh G
Mohamad Kerdany F
Ahmad Tawfik G
Youssef Abou Shousha G
Assem Marei  F
Omar Oraby C
Wael Kheder G

 

*Chinese Taipei Rosters Unavailable as of July 5 at 10:15 a.m. ET.

 

Players of Note

Eric Hicks (United States)

The U.S. basketball representative at the Jones Cup doesn't feature the big-name talent the national team typically fields in international competitions, but there are a couple players of note on the 2013 roster.

Most of the team features former college players who have experience at the international level, some of whom also saw time with NBA Summer League squads, including Eric Hicks.

Hicks (6'6", 250 pounds) played college ball at Cincinnati, going undrafted following his four-year college career. He had stints with both the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in the NBA Summer League, eventually playing professionally in Belgium, Russia and Poland.

The forward averaged 10 points and 7.2 rebounds for his career at Cincinnati, tallying 15 points and 9.7 rebounds in 34.4 minutes during his senior campaign in 2005-06.

 

Marcus Melvin (United States)

Marcus Melvin played collegiate ball at North Carolina State from 2000 to 2004, earning a first-team All-ACC Tournament selection during his junior season.

In four years with the Wolfpack, the 6'8" forward averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 14.3-point, 8.1-rebound senior campaign.

He has played professionally in Argentina, Venezuela and Romania since going undrafted following the 2003-04 season.

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