Basketball News: AfroBasket 2017 Groups Have Been released

Basketball News: AfroBasket 2017 Groups Have Been released

Cavaliers officially introduced Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic. In Africa, Afro Basket 2017 groups have been released…READ MORE

2. Isaiah Thomas: “You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year”

Cavaliers officially introduced Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic. Isaiah Thomas showed excitements to be in the new team.

“I’mma just say this here, point-blank, to get it over with — and then you can go ahead and post it on whatever bulletin boards you want to: You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year. This is going to be a great year to be a Cavs fan, a great year. And I’m excited.”

Thomas, now 28, makes a solid point, as he will indeed be playing alongside several great players in Cleveland.  He believes that they may the title.

“From a basketball perspective, me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off.”

“It ended up working fine for us — guys played great, and my shot was falling. But this year … man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.”

1. AfroBasket 2017 Groups Have Been released

The FIBA African Nations Championship 2017 (AfroBasket 2017), the continent’s flagship basketball event will take place from September 8-16 in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar and the Tunisia’s capital of Tunis. In the Group Phase (September 8-10), Dakar will host Group B and D, while teams drawn in groups A and C will compete in Tunis.

GROUP A

Reigning champions Nigeria leads Group A. They will go against fellow West African nations Ivory Coast and Mali with the Democratic Republic of Congo as well.

GROUP B

Record winners of the competition and 2015 silver medalist Angola are in Group B with the Central African Republic, Morocco, and Uganda.

GROUP C

Co-Host of this year’s AfroBasket 2017, Tunisia, got a relatively easy group for the upcoming competition. Tunisia who placed third in the last Championship held in 2015, will compete against Rwanda, Guinea, and Cameroon in Group C.

GROUP D

In Group D, Egypt, Mozambique, and South Africa join highly fancied Senegal; the West Africa country is co-hosting the event which will have preliminary games played in Senegal and Tunisia.

The Draw is as follows:

Group A: 1.Nigeria; 2.DR Congo; 3.Mali; 4.Cote d’Ivoire

Group B: 1.Angola; 2.Central African Republic; 3.Morocco; 4.Uganda

Group C: 1.Tunisia; 2.Guinea; 3.Rwanda; 4.Cameroon

Group D: 1.Senegal; 2.Mozambique; 3.Egypt; 4.South Africa

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