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Venezuela's Senior National Team trainings to begin on June 14th with 32 players - May 8, 2015

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Venezuela's Senior National Team, coached by Argentinian Nestor Garcia, has two international tournaments (2015 Panamerican Games in Toronto, Canada, and 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament in Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico) and a pretty tight schedule of preparation games that involves travelling to Europe and Asia.

That's why the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) is working ahead with the announcement of training sessions for two large group of players (32 players) on June 14th and June 21st in Caracas's National Basketball Center.

The NT will host the Israel Sarmiento Tournament from June 25th till the 27th with two teams of Venezuela clashing against Cuba and Uruguay.

Then, the team will travel to Spain on June 28th to play 4 friendly games against teams of Spain and Africa.

On July 14th, the team will travel directly to Canada for the Panamerican Games. There are friendly matches scheduled ahead of the official tournament against Canada (July 17th) and Mexico or Dominican Republic (July 19th). Venezuela will clash against USA, Canada and Brazil in its group.

Then, they'll play three aditional friendly games in Spain prior to going to China for the Stankovic Cup against Mexico, New Zealand and China, from August 3rd till the 8th.

Back in Europe, Venezuela will face Macedonia on August 14th and another group will travel to Argentina to play the Four Nations Tournament against Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, while the Europe group will face Serbia, China and Russia in the Belgrade International Tournament on August 15th and 16th. Then there's a friendly match against Spain on August 18th.

Another international tournament will be played on August 21st and 22nd and teams involved are Spain, Macedonia, Greece, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, though there's no official info regarding this tournament.

Then there's the FIBA Americas Tournament in Mexico. Venezuela will face Cuba, Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico in its first round group from August 25th till September 6th.

Here's the full list of players called up by the FVB and the coaching staff to report to trainings next month:

Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) - Toronto Raptors (NBA), USA
David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) - Guaros de Lara, VEN
Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) - Bucaneros de La Guaira, VEN
Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN
Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) - Hapoel Jerusalem, ISR
John Cox (194-G-81, college: USF) - STB Le Havre, FRA
Dwight Lewis (197-SG-87, college: USC) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Michael Carrera (196-F-93) - South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA), USA
Anthony Perez (206-F-93) - Ole Miss Rebels (NCAA), USA
Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville) - Cocodrilos de Caracas, VEN
Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) - Guaros de Lara, VEN
Windi Graterol (204-C-86) - Guaros de Lara, VEN
Miguel Ruiz (197-F-90) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Miguel Marriaga (205-C-84) - Toros de Aragua, VEN
Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, college: Creighton) - Guaros de Lara, VEN
Jose Jimenez (193-G) - Faulkner Eagles (NAIA), VEN
Abrouse Acosta (180-PG-92) - Panteras de Miranda, VEN
Jhornan Zamora (196-G-89) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Cesar Garcia (175-G/F-89) - Cocodrilos de Caracas, VEN
Leon Rodgers (201-F-80, college: N.Illinois) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN
Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) - Toros de Aragua, VEN
Luis Valera (202-F-88, agency: Duran International, college: UTPA) - Gigantes de Guayana, VEN
Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) - Panteras de Miranda, VEN
Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN
Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN
Junior Martinez (200-F-92) - Panteras de Miranda, VEN
Luis Carrillo (202-F-93) - Trotamundos de Carabobo, VEN
Juan Coronado (203-F-90, college: Liberty) - Bucaneros de La Guaira, VEN
Keving Palacios (201-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina) - Marinos de Anzoategui, VEN   

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Panamerican Games Standings
Group A
 1. Brazil 3-0 
 2. USA 2-1 
 3. P.Rico 1-2 
 4. Venezuela 0-3 
Group B
 1. Canada 3-0 
 2. Dominican R. 1-2 
 3. Mexico 1-2 
 4. Argentina 1-2 

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