MADRID (FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017) - Spanish coach Luis Guil will have three important players back on his team for theFIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 that were missing from the qualifying FIBA U18 European Championship 2016.
Both Vila, who plays for Texas A&M University, and the University of Maryland forward Tomaic are on Spain's preliminary 15-man squad for the U19 showcase.
Guil chose nine players from the U18 European team, including leading scorer Aleix Font, who scored 16.3 points a game while also grabbing 5.8 rebounds a game. Also back is the third leading scorer and third leading rebounder Ignacio Rosa, who returns with fellow center Bernat Vanaclocha. Spain's top assist man Pol Figueras - 5.0 assists a game - is also back from the team in Turkey.
One of the new players nominated for the team is Acoydan McCarthy, who played for Spain at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup last summer, along with Ohigiator and Joan Bernacer.
"I think that this is a real team," Guil said of his U19 group. "They are very good athletes and have great competitive talent."
Not on the U19 team is Sergi Martinez, who was on the All-Star Five of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2016 and was Spain's top player in efficiency at the U18 continental championship with a second-best 16.2 points to go with a team-best 9.3 rebounds.
At Cairo 2017, Spain are drawn into Group C with Canada, Japan and Mali. They will begin their training camp on June 9 in Zaragoza. The Iberians have warm-up games planned against Egypt on June 16 and 20, versus Germany on June 17 and against Italy on June 18.
There is another preparation tournament planned in France with Spain taking on Lithuania on June 24, France on June 25 and Canada on June 26.