International youth basketball
12 players selected for France U20

The international youth basketball programme for the U20 women this year was changed because the U20 European Championships are normally the first FIBA Europe tournament of the season.

France started their preparation in June with a 3-match series against Lithuania and finished with a 2-match scrimmage against Serbia during the same time France was winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games.

Grégory Halin   ©

Grégory Halin is once again the head coach and his assistants Alban Le Bigot and Vincent Bourdeau are back again for another adventure.

The lateness of the European Championship this year meant that the French Federation needed to negotiate with the clubs of the players in LF2 or lower because their players will miss part of the pre-season.

An initial group of 22 players were named for the first training camp which was held in June but only 19 players attended.

At the end of the first training camp France played Lithuania in two official games which they won (57-41) and (60-40).

The team continued their training in Bourges before heading off to Bourg-en-Bresse for the traditional 4-nation international tournament. France beat Serbia (65-43) and Belgium (74-43) but lost to Russia in the final game (55-61).

France travelled to Spain for their last test series with the final roster and came out on top with victories against the Netherlands (58-50), Poland (53-28) and hosts Spain (55-50).

From the 12 youth basketball players selected only three players are from the 1992 generation. Héléna Akmouche and Adja Konteh were part of the French team that won the U16 Championship in 2007 with Coach Halin.

France are drawn in Group C and will play Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine in the first round of the U20 international youth basketball championship in Hungary.

The 12 players selected are as follows

First nameSurnameHeightBirth yearPosistionClub
HélénaAKMOUCHE1,741992Shooting GuardSO Armentières
RomaneBERNIES1,701993Point GuardBourges Basket
SaraCHEVAUGEON1,751993Small ForwardChalles-Les-Eaux Basket
JodieCORNELIE1,931993PivotDayton Flyers (USA)
AgatheDEGORCES 1,671992Point GuardToulouse Métropole Basket
ChristelleDIALLO1,931993PivotBourges Basket
MargauxGALLIOU LOKO1,821993Small ForwardBourges Basket
AdjaKONTEH1,781992Shooting GuardArras Pays d'Artois
Marie-BernadetteMBUYAMBA1,831993Small ForwardUSO Mondeville
AliceNAYO1,861993Power ForwardESB Villeneuve d'Ascq
SarahOUSFAR1,851993Power ForwardBasket Landes
ClaireSTIEVENARD1,831993Small Forward Nantes Reze Basket

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