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France Olympic 2020 Men’s Basketball Roster

Tue 20 July 2021 | 7:30

In the following article from SportMob, we will have a look at the France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster and analyze France Olympic squad in Tokyo.

France team played its first official international match on April 4, 1926, in Milan, where they lost Italy. The development of basketball in France accelerated during the First World War due to the American presence in the area. For two years, from 1917 to 1919, the Americans - soldiers, instructors, or agents - carried out basketball culture to the French people.

The golden age of France was in the 2010s. With coach Vincent Collet and leader Tony Parker, the Blues won their first international title at EuroBasket 2013, with an 80-66 victory over Lithuania on September 22 in Ljubljana. At the 2014 World Cup, despite the absence of Parker, France won the bronze medal, which is the best result in its history in this competition. They repeated the same performance at the 2019 World Cup in China, rising to the third step after beating the US.

During the 2019 World Cup, the France team achieved one of the greatest achievements by beating the USA. French had not eliminated the Americans for 13 years in official competition. Also, France had never yet beaten the United States in official competition. The France team qualified directly for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for their third consecutive participation.

France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster

has announced its squad to participate at the Tokyo in 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place in July and August 2021. Tokyo 2020 is already planning for an appointment that promises many of the best examples on the planet.

Great Basketball Excitement in Tokyo: France at the 2020 summer Olympics

12 selected will be present in Japan to get closer to the most desired: the podium that allows them to hang one of the Olympic medals. Argentina and the renewed illusion after the huge runner-up in the 2019 World Cup, with the last dance of captain Luis Scola and a Facundo Campazzo more leading than ever after his perfect debut in the NBA.

Spain presenting a battle with the last opportunity of several historical figures such as Pau Gasol to hang the gold that was so difficult in the last editions. Andrew Albicy, Thomas Heurtel, Nicolas Tatum, Frank Ntilikina, Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Petr Cornelie, Guerschon Yabusele, Mustapha Fall, Vincent Poirier, and Rudy Gobert make up France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster.

France is looking for better achievements than the bronze medal after coming third in the 2019 world cup. If you want to know some top-tier information about the

France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster

and see which players are included in the France Olympic squad, keep reading.

The France Olympic squad: Meet the Roster

Led by Rudy Gobert, France Basketball unveiled its official 12-member

France men’s Olympic 2020

Basketball Team.

Selected for France at the 2020 summer Olympics, which is seeking a fourth consecutive Olympic title, are Andrew Albicy (Gran Canaria), Nicolas Batum (Los Angeles Clippers), Petr Cornelie (Pau-Orthez), Nando de Colo (Fenerbahce), Moustapha Fall (ASVEL), Evan Fournier (Boston Celtics), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Thomas Heurtel (ASVEL), Timothe Luwawu Kongbo (Brooklyn Nets), Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks), Vincent Poirier (Real Madrid), Guerschon Yabusele (ASVEL).

Andrew Albicy - Guard

He has the ability to change speed and runs the break well. Has improved his shooting percentage from the arc and built a trustworthy floater from mid-range. He attacks the basket with confidence; the strong body allows him to face contact and stay on balance. Solid ball-handling skills with both hands. He has good court vision, able to find cutters from outside the arc. Lateral quickness, intensity, and quick hands make him a reliable defender even by NBA standards.

During 2010/2011, he had his breakout season, leading the U-20 France National team to the European Championship and playing with senior national teams in the 2010 World Championship and 2011 EuroBasket. After a disappointing 2011 Eurocamp, he dropped his name from the 2011 NBA draft early entrants list. Last season, Albicy found the touch on his floater down the stretch, and his improvement inside the arc has continued this season. 

Able to turn the corner on the pick and roll and get into the paint, Albicy can finish plays from the mid-post with a crafty teardrop, sometimes showing good body control double-pumping to keep defenders off balance. As a passer, Albicy is at his best running the pick and roll out on the perimeter and using his speed to create angles for himself to find cutters from the outside in. He shows impressive court vision with the way he attacks the defense with his passing rather than his dribble and generally wreaks all sorts of havoc with his ability to make defenses rotate.

Automatically eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft, the Sevres native is one of the more interesting point guards among this year's crop of international prospects, even if he might need to have a better Adidas EuroCamp showing than he did last June to boost his stock solidly into the second round. Surely He is one of the good elements of France at the 2020 summer Olympics.

Frank Ntilikina - Point Guard

A good ball-handler who can legitimately line up at either guard spot. He's uncommonly long of a limb at point guard, with the frame of a wing and the wingspan of a big man. He possesses good court vision, partly because of his height, and he does a nice job of driving and dishing. Shows good potential for steals, thanks to his length. Gets turnover-prone and foul-prone because he lacks ideal strength, bulk, and finishing ability.

Too often gets forced into poor shot attempts as it does not matter either from the arc or on the drive. He must keep developing his overall fundamentals to rein things in and needs to pack on some muscle. However, the season is not quite over, and the upcoming Olympics is on the horizon for the Frenchman. Ntilikina is a hard-working and humble young man who is all about winning. Ntilikina has a case for being the most polarizing athlete in all of New York sports.

Some believe in his ability to make the team better, citing his defensive prowess and serviceable ability to get an offense into its sets. Ntilikina’s offensive production has offered many choices to the team. He is averaging just 6.3 points and 3.0 assists per game and is doing so in his third NBA season. Ntilikina can help a team play elite defense when surrounded by other active defenders, so it is safe to say

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has a great star.

Nando De Colo - Shooting Guard

De Colo made his professional debut during the 2006–07 season with Cholet Basket of the LNB Pro A. Under the head coach Erman Kunter, he helped the team win the 2008 Semaine des As and reach the finals of the 2008 French Cup and the 2009 EuroChallenge.

After paying for Valencia and CSKA Moscow, On July 6, 2019, de Colo signed with Fenerbahce of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague on a 2+1 deal. On October 19, 2019, de Colo set a personal career-high with 39 points in a EuroLeague win over Baskonia. De Colo faced questions about his future with Fenerbahce in the last offseason, and with an option on his contract, he is bound to hear them again this summer.

Nando De Colo, 34, is a rare product in French basketball, whose training has brought many physical, energetic players with talent adapted to the NBA player in recent years. De Colo thrives in the more tactical game of the EuroLeague after a failed stint in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs, and Toronto Raptors, two teams that never gave him time to settle. De Colo is a huge leader in the France men’s Olympic 2020 team.

Evan Fournier - Shooting Guard

A polished and skilled playmaker who can line up offensively at several different positions. He holds point guard tools but still is big enough to play some small forward. He has a great instinct for steals, a great eye and hands for passing, and a superb perimeter shooting game. Underrated. Despite the good size, he is not very muscular, and while he's tall, he's not particularly long. Sometimes gets stuck in the mud defensively and will get burned one-on-one on occasion by explosive opponents.

Imperative for shooting guards with a consistent touch from a distance, Fournier is very effective at running off screens and freeing himself for open looks from beyond the arc. He is always in motion and refuses to quit on plays even if the defense smothers him. While many people like to complain about Fournier’s play, Fournier was the most consistent player for the Magic last season. Fournier is not a perfect player by any means. But he undeniably produced for the Magic throughout the course of the 2021 season.

He has an excellent, strong body that helps him attacking the rim; he is not so explosive, but his first step allows him to beat opponents off the dribble. He is a natural talent and can score in many ways: shooting from a 3-point arc, running to the basket, and jumping. He also has a nice left hand and can grab rebounds, both in offense and defense. The label of his game is his strength to score clutch baskets. Defensively, he has a nice position and good footwork, plays smart, is not overly aggressive.

Fournier has the height and length that many successful European players have often lacked when they transition to the NBA as a pro. While he's drawn comparisons to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili in different circles, he has a good three inches on both those players. Critics love his size, ability to create his own shot in isolation and pick-and-roll situations, finishing at the rim, and defensive intensity. Fournier is a shining star in the roster of the France men’s Olympic 2020.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - Shooting Guard / Small Forward

He has all the tools to be a quality shooting guard eventually: fluid athleticism, good height, a great wingspan, and high-flying leaping ability. He shows a lot of bounce and gets off the floor quickly. Flashes a sweet jumper with smooth form and a nice arc. He drives fearlessly and is an active passer who can handle the ball. Still somewhat raw in terms of his physique and muscle mass.

His shot selection needs work, while a superb driver and sweet shooter need work, and he is still developing consistency. He must keep building on his game and frame to get the most from great physical tools. For his fifth NBA campaign, Luwawu-Cabarrot had another season of contrasts, starting rather well with 7 points, 2 rebounds at 36% at 3-points before the All-Star Game break before gradually sinking on the bench.

Since arriving at Disney World, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has been running at 19.3 points and 3.3 rebounds with percentages that would knock Steve Nash off his chair: 55.9% shooting and 52.4% 3-point. Still, his presence at the France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster as one of the stars of the

France Olympic squad

is real proof on this matter.

Petr Cornelie – Power Forward

Growing up in Alsace, Cornelie played in the youth ranks of Saint-Joseph Strasbourg. His mother, Pavla Sigmundova, is a former Czech basketball player, his father, Martial Cornelie, played basketball in the Pro B, the second-tier of French basketball. Petr's sister Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova played internationally for the French junior national teams and spent four years on the University of Dayton Flyers women's basketball team.

Petr Cornelie, a power forward, currently playing for Le Mans in France, represents the opportunity to draft and stash another future stretch forward. At the age of 15, he joined the youth academy of Le Mans Sarthe Basket. He made his debut on Le Mans' men's team during the 2013–14 season and became a regular team the following season. In the 2014–15 season, he won the ‘Pro A Rising Star’ award.

On June 13, 2016, Cornelie was one of 13 different international underclassmen to enter their names for the 2016 NBA draft. Cornelie was eventually picked by the Denver Nuggets 53rd pick and joined them for the 2016 NBA Summer League. He remained at Le Mans for the 2016–17 campaign. After a disappointing season, in which he averaged 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds a game for Le Mans, Cornelie joined another Pro A club, the Levallois Metropolitans, on loan in June 2017.

Petr Cornelie is an intriguing star who has the potential to be a draft and stash player.  He is a good shooter and has the makings of a stretch 4/5 player in the NBA. He can shoot from 3, off-pick and pops, and in face-up situations really well.

He has potential on defense and is a good enough athlete to stay with guards off switches.  He also shows the ability to protect the rim. He uses his athleticism to run the floor, shoot over players, and finish jump hooks.  Cornelie needs to add muscle once he gets to the NBA.  Right now, he gets pushed around in the post on defense and fails to post up smaller players on offense.  Cornelie also plays a bit soft and will go up weak with the ball or shy away from contact.

He needs to cut down on turnovers by making better decisions with the ball.  Overall, Cornelie is still a bit raw in some areas of his game, and it may be beneficial for him to stay another year in Europe before coming to the NBA.  However, he is a good shooter, and whichever team drafts will get a player who can become a legitimate stretch 4/5.

Many scouts believe that Cornelie is the best pure athlete of any of this year's many 7 footers. He possesses great fluidity and agility for such a large player and moves much more gracefully than one might imagine. In addition to all these traits, he is one of

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primary stars.

A crucial fact about Cornelie is his rapid leaping ability. He explosively gets off the ground, rising above the rim immediately. This movement makes Cornelie a great target for lobs and grants him the ability to get over opposing players for rebounds and put backs with regularity. Also important about Cornelie's athleticism is his great foot speed.

Guerschon Yabusele - Power Forward

Guerschon Yabusele makes up for his lack of height with his physicality, toughness, and power. He is an excellent player who has played great at every level of basketball.  He has good length and athleticism that allows him to grab rebounds or challenge shots.  He has the ability to stretch the floor or create his own shot. He has solid post moves and uses his body well to free up some spaces.

He has the keys to be a solid defender in the NBA, but he will need some coaching and development. Lastly, he needs to decrease his turnovers by not forcing the issue. Overall, Yabusele seems to fit the mold of a modern NBA and should be a nice pickup for a team somewhere in the second round. An outstanding athlete with a strong upper body and quick feet that help him make plays on both ends of the floor. He has improved his body and has shed some baby fat he had. 

He plays with a lot of passion. His body and shoulders show that he can be more muscular in the future as he has excellent soft hands. He drives the ball extremely well, with strong finishes at the basket. Always fights to establish a good deep position. He moves well without the ball, and he is a great slasher. He has shown the ability to turn to both shoulders when he is with his back on the basket.

He already has some moves in the post with a lot of pump fakes. If he continues working, he can become a great addition to the French team. If he continues working, his body structure and low center of gravity can help him become a good low post defender in the future. His defense of the ball is perfect, with the ability to challenge shots and even make some blocks.

Rudy Gobert - Center

Gobert has an amazing wingspan linked with a skinny but athletic frame. His Coordination and ability to run the court are above average for a man like him. His agility and reflexes make him a solid athlete, even by NBA standards. He has a reliable hook shot with his right hand, plus he has a good instinct for the put-back.

The shoot shows solid touch, giving him the nice potential to develop further offensively. He is really fast running the court, and when he has momentum, he is difficult to stop, thanks to his speed and coordination. His versatility makes him difficult to guard against opposing big guys, especially in pick and roll situations, often generating mismatches.

His wingspan allows his team to put defensive pressure on opponents. His length disrupts passing lanes, and he makes the basket difficult to reach for the opposing guard’s penetrations. He has good timing for blocks, thanks to his agility and coordination. His length makes him a formidable presence in the post, and he should develop into a shot-blocker / changer/intimidate. He shows a good body to add weight, and his toughness is also not a big area of concern and should improve along with his strength over time, but he will be a useful weapon for Vincent Collet in the France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster.

Thomas Heurtel - Point Guard

Very few players have been given the sort of opportunity to dominate an offense the way Thomas Heurtel has over the last two seasons. Heurtel didn’t always bring the ball up and went through no-pass or one-pass possessions 100% of the time.

His top priority is always going around the ball screen and getting into the lane. Heurtel is quick enough side-to-side and has some hesitation moves to get decent pull-ups off on straight isolations but mostly needs the aid of a screen to get downhill. He is less of a threat the deeper he gets into the lane as he lacks burst to attack length at the rim with any explosiveness.

One-on-one, Heurtel has no lateral quickness to keep opponents in front or strength in his 180-pound frame to contain dribble penetration through contact. His contributions through steals and blocks have always been marginal, though he has consistently grabbed more defensive rebounds than the year before in each of the past four seasons.

Nicolas Batum - Power Forward / Small Forward

As a youngster, Nicolas Batum was considered one of the most talented young players in Europe, as he was ranked #17 among international players born in 1988 by the scouting website DraftExpress.com when he entered the 2008 NBA draft. Batum was part of the main French national team that won the 2004 FIBA Europe U-16 Championship. He was named the MVP of the 2006 FIBA Europe U-18 Championship, as France won the gold medal at that tournament.

Lanky and agile, Batum is regarded as a highly-skilled defensive player and one of the NBA's best executors of the chase-down block. The chase-down block thus became a fundamental part of Batum's game and was a skill brought with him to the NBA. Through March 2013, only two players in the 2012–13 season who did not play center or power forward had performed more blocks than Batum — Josh Smith and

Kevin Durant

.

On May 31, 2021, Batum started for Los Angeles Clippers as a center of the lineup against the Dallas Mavericks in game four of the 2021 NBA playoffs. Many experts believe his appearance in the France men’s Olympic 2020 team will bring most of his teammates.

Vincent Poirier – Center

Vincent Poirier was drafted to the NBA by Boston Celtics and now plays for Real Madrid. Poirier is a solid scorer and capable passer out of the pick-and-roll while also hustling to create second-chance opportunities under the rim.

On the other end, he is a defender who is also rough but leverages his athletic ability to create events as a rim protector and rebounder. Poirier is a talented screener who can read the defenders very well.

He runs to screen and, it seems Poirier seeks to make hard contact when he is looking to disrupt the on-ball defender. He can play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense. After these words, it is safe to say being on the

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is a huge chance for him.

Moustapha Fall – Center

Moustapha Fall was born on February 23, 1992. He is a French professional basketball player who plays for Olympiacos in the EuroLeague. Fall plays as a center.

He was named as the best defender of the last season. Fall wants to bring his presence to the low post with the Blues, and this is what Vincent Collet will expect him: create a play and get the point. Fall has played in the French League since 2011. In the 2015–16 season, he played for Olympique Antibes, leading the French league.

This season, Chalon won the Pro A, which was Fall's first national title. In addition, Fall played in the FIBA Europe Cup Final with Chalon, where his team lost to Nanterre 92. He was named Top Performer of the Final by the FIBA Europe Cup. Maybe Moustapha Fall is not the Olympic 2020 most important player, but some signs show he has a special place in the France Olympic 2020 men’s basketball roster.

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