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French star Frank Ntilikina desires to devote to his homeland's basketball

French star Frank Ntilikina desires to devote to his homeland's basketball

The talented young defender is more eager than ever to be devoted to the national basketball team.

Frank Ntilikina, the defender, is only 20 years old but has given himself two titles in the continental arena and recruited French nationals. Frank's next goal is to be the first to join "Les Bleus" in the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Frank Ntilikina made a big contribution to bringing the French team to the highest position at FIBA U16 European Championship 2014 and 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship. In addition, this young talent also brought France back to the FIBA U19 World Cup after the last appearance in 2009.

“I have been thinking about this goal for a while, and I look forward to the day when my dream comes true, as soon as possible. Being represented for my homeland is a great pride, and I have had this honor at a young level for many years”.

In the youth level, Frank Ntilikina has left a mark with an average of 7.4 points, 2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per match at the 2014 FIBA U16 European Championship. Two years later, at the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship, his stats rose significantly with 15.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals, along with the prestigious MVP title.

"Those are the moments that I will never forget, the best memories of my career to date", Frank Ntilikina said. "Achieving a title is a great thing and it is even more wonderful in the national colors".

Besides Frank Ntilikina, the France national basketball team also has talented young faces like Guerschon Yabusele, Élie Okobo and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. This makes the competition for a place in the French starting lineup very harsh. However, Frank Ntilikina always considered this an interesting challenge for me, but this is also a good sign to show that France is growing stronger on the map of continental basketball as well as the world.

“The future of France is very bright if we continue to work hard. We are currently owning very high quality players at major basketball tournaments in the world. Experienced players as well as tomorrow's stars with enthusiasm and aspirations to contribute to the national team”.

The France basketball team will soon have the first challenges on this road to 2019 FIBA World Cup in August in China, where they are in Group G with rivals like the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan. “This is a pretty interesting and competitive table. No match will be easy even in the group stage. However, we are trying our best to get the best performance in China”.