Updated: August 29, 2010, 12:22 PM ET

Sizing Up Slovenia

By Alfredo Berrios

Coach: Memi Becirovic

Key players: Jaka Lakovic, Goran Dragic

Analysis: Slovenia has been a source of young players for several years, first within the former Yugoslavia, and then on its own merit.

The strength of this team lies in its stature and ability. Lakovic is one of the best backcourt players in Europe. Add NBA player Goran Dragic and forward Sani Becirovic, and you have a quality team with good ballhandling skills and deep fundamentals that can go beyond the first round and perhaps into the quarterfinals.

As part of their preparation, Becirovic's guys played a friendly tournament in Maribor with their counterparts from Serbia, Russia and New Zealand.

"Our game improves week by week, and we are much more coordinated," Becirovic told FIBA.com.

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