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Haralds Karlis called up to Latvian national team

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Al Bello

Seton Hall senior wing/shooting guard Haralds Karlis (Riga, Latvia) has been called up to the Latvian national team recently, playing part in two friendlies against Estonia.

Haralds played 36 minutes over the two games, scoring 16 total points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Touted as a sharpshooter coming out of the Canarias Basketball Academy (Esp.), Haralds' outside shooting for Seton Hall hasn't been much of a factor; he went just 9-31 (29%) from long range as a junior last season.

If Karlis can provide senior leadership and energy off the bench or even see stretches of minutes as a starter next season (Kevin Willard favored him for stretches last season), that would be an added boost for Seton Hall at the "two" or "three." Karlis has scored in double figures four times (two freshman year, two sophomore) against Big East opponents over his three year career.

The Latvian national team takes on Great Britain in England on Saturday and Sunday in a pair of friendlies. I wonder who Manchester-native and Seton Hall grad Aaron Geramipoor is rooting for. I will update on how Karlis does with his national team in preparation for FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualifying next month.

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Patrik Auda and the Czech Republic have played their first friendly in advance of the EuroBasket qualifiers, losing 100-99 to Austria. Auda scored 15 points for his country in the loss, the third most points on the team. Patrik and the Czech Republic take on Poland in a pair of friendlies on Friday and Saturday.

Brandon Mobley and Haralds Karlis would be the two most senior players on next season's roster should Patrik Auda not return for a fifth season.