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National coach Herbert drops Benzing for the home European Championship

The German basketball team will surprisingly be without captain Robin Benzing for the home European Championships. The 33-year-old was dropped from the squad by coach Gordon Herbert after the test match victory (68:66) in the Netherlands.

Benzing, who was most recently under contract with Fortitudo Bologna in Italy, is thus denied the crowning glory of his career in the national team. The veteran had played for the national team every summer since 2009. Friday night’s game in Almere was his 167th in the national jersey.

Besides Benzing, Kenneth Ogbe (EWE Baskets Oldenburg) and Leon Kratzer (Telekom Baskets Bonn) will also be out when the team meets in Hamburg on Tuesday after three days off.

Herbert will continue the preparation for the European Championships from 1 to 18 September with 14 players. Nick Weiler-Babb, who has just been naturalised, is expected to join the team in Hamburg. The Bayern Munich professional is currently still in his home country, the USA, for family reasons. Whether he will make his debut in the Germany jersey at the Super Cup on Friday and Saturday depends on when he actually arrives in Germany.

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