Today, the French federation published the names of the 8 teams that will play during the Nike International Junior Tournament in Paris from the 6th to the 9th May 2010. 4 teams were known already and the 4 other participants are no big surprise either.
Next to the defending champion FMP Belgrade, the tournament winners from Roma, L’Hospitalet, Belgrade and London are qualified. As FMP won the tournament in Belgrade, an additional free spot had to be distributed and 4 Wildcards have been handed out. And according to the Press Release of the French Federation, those Wildcard went to the Finalists of qualification tournaments with the exception of London where the 2nd placed USK Future Stars Prague did not get the Wildcard. Lietuvos Rytas was invited instead of the Czech team.
So the 8 participants are:
- FMP Belgrade (Defending Champion and Belgrade Tournament winner)
- Zalgiris Kaunas (Città di Roma Winner)
- Cajasol Sevilla (L’Hospitalet Winner)
- Union Olimpija Ljubljana (London Winner)
- Benetton Treviso (Città di Roma runner-up)
- Unicaja Malaga (L’Hospitalet runner-up)
- Centre Fédéral INSEP (Belgrade runner-up)
- Lietuvos Rytas (Wildcard)
- KK Split (Croatia)
The tournament will be played with two groups of 4 teams where the two group winners face each other in the Final. Group A features FMP, Lietuvos Rytas, Benetton Treviso and Unicaja while Group B features Ljubljana, Zalgiris Kaunas, INSEP and Cajasol Sevilla.
N.B.: Please note that the Euroleague has not officially confirmed these groups and participants yet.
UPDATE: The Euroleague published officially which teams will be present. The only change between the original French federation Press Release and the official announcement is the replacement of Lietuvos Rytas with KK Split.