Splitter named to preliminary roster for Pre-Olympic Tourney


SplitterBrazil national team coach Ruben Magnano named a roster of 20 players who will play at two tournaments for the Brazil selection committee before the roster is trimmed down to 12 players for the pre-Olympic tournament in Argentina.

Magnano, who was formerly the coach of the Argentina National Team, named several NBA players to his roster, including San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.

Splitter will join Toronto’s Leandro Barbosa, Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao and Denver’s Nene. Several longtime Brazil team members, Marcelinho Huertas, former Spurs guard Alex Garcia and Marcelino Machado will also be competing for the final 12 spots.

The pre-Olympic tournament will be in Mar del Plata, Argentina from August 30 to September 11.