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Brazil’s Huertas 2nd-oldest to play in FIBA World Cup

Brazil's Marcelo Huertas became the second oldest to play in the basketball World Cup in Brazil's 100-59 victory over Iran on Saturday. He scored 10 points.

Brazil’s Marcelo Huertas dribbles the ball during the FIBA Basketball World Cup Group G match between Iran and Brazil at Indonesia Arena in Jakarta on August 26, 2023. AFP PHOTO

Huertas is 40 years and 3 months. The only older player in tournament history was Eduardo Mingas, who was 40 years and 7 months when playing in two games for Angola at the 2019 World Cup.

Later in the tournament, one of the youngest is expected to play — South Sudan's 7-foot-1 center Khaman Maluach is just 16.

Maluach, who is widely considered a 2025 NBA draft prospect, turns 17 next month. The only players younger than Maluach in World Cup history were Ivory Coast's Georges Lath (16 years, 3 months in 1986) and China's Gao Ailun (16 years, 9 months in 2010).

Maluach was on the bench in Saturday's loss to Puerto Rico but didn't play.

It's the fifth World Cup for Huertas, the first of those coming in 2006, about two weeks before Maluach was born.

Only 11 players before this year had appeared in five World Cups. Huertas becomes the 12th, and later Saturday, Rudy Fernandez of defending World Cup champion Spain is set to become the 13th player on that list.

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