Your age isn’t important when your country is trying to reach the 2019 World Cup, but giving it your all is. These young athletes are playing a big role in their country’s Qualifiers for the World Cup in China.
Dzanan Musa – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Musa (19) was just drafted into the NBA by the Brooklyn Nets, but he will still be part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s squad against Finland and the Czech Republic. During the last window, Musa averaged 15.3 points in the first round, but 21 points in the last two games.
Furkan Korkmaz – Turkey
Korkmaz (21) was the 21st pick in the 2016 draft, but so far, he has spent most of his time with the Philadelphia 76ers on the bench. He definitely did go off during the Summer League, when he scored 40 points. Korkmaz is also definitely doing a great job with Turkey, as he averaged 22 points in the last international games.
Yannick Franke – Netherlands
Franke (22) was one of the top performers of the Netherlands, as he averaged 13.8 points in the first round of the qualifiers. He scored 24 points in the first game against Croatia, and 18 points in their important game against Romania.
Isaac Bonga – Germany
Bonga (18) became the youngest German debutant ever, when he got the chance to play against Serbia during the second window. This time, he’ll get another chance to prove that he definitely belongs in this strong German team.
Arnoldas Kulboka – Lithuania
Kulboka (20) averaged 9 points during the first windows of the qualifiers and is a very promising player for Lithuania. His talent definitely didn’t go unnoticed, as he was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.