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The United States can take a big step towards qualification if they are able to beat Brazil, who demolished Chile in its opener, Sunday morning. The Brazilians are believed to be a step down from Turkey, Serbia, and the United States, but anyone who has watched them in international competition recently knows that Brazil has had some basketball success for awhile.

Unlike the Turks, the Brazilians have a bit more of a mix of young guys and older guys, so the United States shouldn't be at as much of a physical disadvantage. They do, however, have all professionals like Turkey, though many of whom play in a not great Brazilian league and get little playing time.

Humberto Gomes

Height: 6-5

Age: 20

2015 team: Pinheiros/Sky (Brazil)

2015 stats: 1.17 ppg, .87 rpg

NBA Draft: 2015 withdrawal


Deryk Ramos

Height: 6-1

Age: 21

2015 team: Limeira (Brazil)

2015 stats: 8.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

Arthur da Luz

Height: 6-9

Age: 23

2015 team: Paulistano

Guilherme Pereira

Height: 6-3

Age: 24

2015 team: Bauru (Brazil)

2015 stats: 7.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Gerson do Espirito Santo

Height: 6-6

Age: 23

2015 team: Mogi das Cruces (Brazil)

2015 stats: 7.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Gemerson Silva

Height: 6-5

Age: 22

2015 team: Paulistano (Brazil)

2015 stats: 3 ppg, 2.6 rpg


Daniel Bordignon

Height: 6-9


2015 team: Planasa NV (Spanish 2nd Division)

2015 stats: 5 ppg, 2.2 rpg


Antonio Ferreira



2015 team: Vivo/Franca (Brazil)

2015 stats: 5 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Lucas Dias



2015 team:Pinheiros/Sky (Brazil)

2015 stats: 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg

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Gege Chaia

Height: 6-2


2015 team: Flamengo (Brazil)

2015 stats: 3.3 ppg, 4 apg

Chaia and Flamengo won the 2014 FIBA Intercontinental Cup

Henrique Coelho

Height: 6-2


2015 team: Minas (Brazil)

2015 stats: 12.09 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.25 apg


Leonardo Demetrio

Height: 6-8


2015 team: Minas (Brazil)

2015 stats: 7 ppg, 4 rpg


The Brazilians have one of the better NBA draft prospects the US will see in the tournament (and maybe the best one in the game given Cheick Diallo and Svi Mykhailiuk are unable to play) as well as a couple of guys who have seen success both individually and on a team level in Brazil. The Brazilian team will feature a lot of guys who are familiar with each other as well as some who are teammates, so they'll have familiarity. Brazil isn't thought to be a contender to advance to the medal round, but they'll be no pushover.