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Heavyweights, minnows book FIBA World Cup spots

Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic will power Serbia and Slovenia's basketball World Cup charges, while a South Sudan team stacked with NBL talent and the tiny nation of Cape Verde will be there too.

Serbia on Tuesday (AEDT) sealed the 32nd and final spot for the tournament - co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10 - by beating Great Britain and extinguishing Belgium's qualification hopes.

It means 10 of the world's top 11 sides will feature - including world No.3 Australia - with 2019 runners-up Argentina the shock casualty of the tournament's arduous qualification process.

Cape Verde, an African island home to little more than 500,000 people, beat the already-qualified Ivory Coast last week to become the smallest country to reach the finals.

Georgia and Latvia will also debut while, just three years after their international debut, South Sudan will join them as the first African nation to qualify at their first attempt.

Current and former NBL talents Majok Deng, Sunday Dech, Kuany Kuany and Deng Acuoth were among the Bright Stars squad that won nine of 10 games to book their ticket.

The Boomers finished fourth at the World Cup in China four years ago, losing the semi-final and bronze-medal games after holding big leads against Spain and France respectively.

Phoenix Suns forward Jock Landale told AAP his Australian NBA teammates were committed to the tournament - which is staged during the US off-season - as they seek a first international gold medal.

Two-time defending NBA MVP Jokic and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo - who won the two MVP awards before that - have been involved in their respective qualification journeys when possible and are likely to compete in the Asian showpiece.

The United States, led by blooming All-Star Donovan Mitchell, were a disappointing seventh in 2019 and have a point to prove four years on.

"We're looking forward to competing for another gold medal," USA Basketball men's coach Steve Kerr said in a video released by the federation.

Doncic, who starred as Slovenia were beaten by Australia in the Tokyo Olympics bronze-medal game, will enjoy a first World Cup campaign after his country failed to qualify for the China event.

FIBA banned Russia's teams and officials from its competitions last year in response to that country's invasion of Ukraine.

Teams will play pool games in eight groups of four before the quarter-final stage begins on September 5 and the final is contested in Manila on September 10.

The draw will be held on April 29.


* Africa: Angola, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, South Sudan

* Americas: Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, Venezuela

* Asia: Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Philippines

* Europe: France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain