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Ghanaian Italian Forward Abass set to play at World Cup - Feb 24, 2019


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Ghanaian Italian Small Forward Awudu Abass is in line to play at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after helping Italy qualify from Group D to the world event in the European qualifiers ongoing. Italy beat Hungary 75-41 in the opening round of the final window of qualification games.

Abass played 17 minutes in the big game and scored eight points and gathered a rebound. Despite having a solid shooting display from three point range, the 6 foot 7 inch player struggled from the field missing six of seven two point attempts.

In 11 qualifying games, Abass is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and continues to impress for the national team after leading Italy to clinch the 2013 Under 20 Euro Basket. He is a former Italian league champion with Armani Milano and plays for Brescia.

Abass who was born to a Ghanaian father and Nigerian mother in Italy, passed up the opportunity to play for Ghana due to the absence of a national team and issues bedeviling the sport in the West African country.

Italy, Spain and Poland are the latest nations to progress from European qualifiers to the World Cup.

  



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