Basketball federation confirms Thompson to join national team.naturalized nat·u·ral·ize
v. nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
1. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
2. To adopt (something foreign) into general use. big man to replace Hoskin, the Lebanese basketball federation has settled on Hoskin's teammate at Champville, Thompson.
BEIRUT: With the national team running out of time in the search for a naturalized big man to replace Sam Hoskin, the Lebanese basketball federation has settled on Hoskin's teammate at Champville, Garnett Thompson.
He will join the team for the West Asian qualifier qual·i·fi·er
1. One that qualifies, especially one that has or fulfills all appropriate qualifications, as for a position, office, or task.
2. tournament, starting June 11. Thompson, 32, 207 cm, was not the first option for naturalization naturalization, official act by which a person is made a national of a country other than his or her native one. In some countries naturalized persons do not necessarily become citizens but may merely acquire a new nationality. according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the Lebanese team officials, but his name was the only one submitted to the West Asia Basketball Association.
Thompson isn't the perfect center Lebanon were searching for, but the hunt for a capable big man was too fraught fraught
1. Filled with a specified element or elements; charged: an incident fraught with danger; an evening fraught with high drama.
2. with problems. Notably regional political instability was increasingly becoming a factor for many players that were approached.
Although Thompson is not a real center, his energy on court could prove useful, along with the return of another teammate, Fadi al-Khatib. Both men helped Champville win the Lebanese Championship two weeks ago.
As well as his dynamism, Thompson has shooting range and is familiar with basketball in Lebanon, having spent two years in the country. He was also taught at Champville by national team coach Ghassan Sarkis
Thompson averaged 17.8 points with 11 rebounds and 1.48 blocks per game last season in Champville's title winning year.
"I'm honored to be chosen to play for the national team. Whatever the coach needs me to be is what I see myself," said Thompson, exclusively to The Daily Star.
"I think the level of the players on the team is very good. Everyone that's on the list had a good season or improved from the previous year, so that will help the team achieve the goals that need to be reached," he said.
"My role on the team will be the same as when I played for Champville, whatever the coach needs me to do that's what I will do. I can tell you that I will bring defense, a low post presence and a lot of energy to the team," revealed Thompson.
Thompson will wear the Lebanese jersey for the first time in the West Asian qualifier in Amman in almost three weeks time.
The Cedars have to finish second or above in order to qualify for a chance to defend their 2010 Stankovic cup title at the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup.
"I don't know the history of the Lebanese national team, but I know very well what the players and the coach are capable of," said Thompson.
The Lebanese team started their preparations Thursday in Champville's court with some major absences including Jean Abdel Nour and Ali Mahmoud.
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