BASKETBALL Fiji will today announce its final squad to the Pacific Basketball Championship in New Zealand next month.
Head coach Saula Koroi will be looking for a mixture of experienced and young players in his men's team as he builds up to the 2015 Pacific Games.
Fiji's 2011 Pacific Games skipper Leonard Whippy is expected to be named in the final team.
Whippy sacrificed his coaching role to concentrate on playing, allowing his assistant Koroi to coach the national men's side.
Team manager Jim Tora said preparations were on track. He said the Pacific championship would be crucial in exposing young players.
"Our preparation has been going on well for both the men's and women's teams," he said.
"We are actually building up to the Pacific Games in 2015 so there will be a good mix of players in the team."
The men's team is drawn in Pool B with New Zealand Maori, New Caledonia and Samoa.
Fiji plays its opening game against New Caledonia on November 28 before taking on Samoa and New Zealand Maori.
The women's team faces a tough battle from Guam, New Caledonia and Australia. The side plays New Caledonia in its first Pool game.