TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior basketball guard Braian Angola-Rodas will play for the Colombia National Team in the upcoming Four Nation’s Tournament and the FIBA AmeriCup as the team continues its qualification schedule for the 2019 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Colombia will travel to host Argentina for the Four Nation’s Tournament (Aug. 18-22), which also includes Uruguay and Brazil, prior to hosting the first round of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 in Medellin (Aug. 25-27).
“Playing for the National Team of Columbia means a lot to me,” said Angola-Rodas. “I grew up watching all of the great players who played for my country and dreamed of one day being in their shoes. It’s been a bucket-list dream for me and shows that my hard work in the sport is being rewarded. It means playing in front of 50 million people and that’s an honor for me and my teammates. We have to give it our all to make history and earn a spot in the World Cup.”
Angola-Rodas, who will make his Senior National team debut, and his teammates will face Brazil (Aug. 25), Puerto Rico (Aug. 26) and Mexico (Aug. 27) in round-robin play in the group phase of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. The top team from the group will advance to the final phase, where they will face the group winners from Bahia Blanca, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, along with an auto-qualifying Argentina squad. The semifinals and finals will be contested in Cordoba, Argentina.
Participation in the FIBA AmeriCup is required for nations who want to participate in the 2017-2019 Men’s World Cup Qualifying games; the tournament teams must play in to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in 2019. In addition, the top seven finishing teams in the FIBA AmeriCup also earn qualifying berths for the 2019 Pan American Games.
Angola-Rodas and Florida State will open its 2017-18 schedule on Nov. 10 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ complete schedule will be released in early September.