Spain coach Sergio Scariolo has confirmed that Juan Carlos Navarro will captain the team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Scariolo gave a detailed breakdown of what each member of his 15-man preliminary squad can bring to the team as they began their training camp in Las Palmas.
And he confirmed the Barcelona guard would be the leader of his team.
"He will be our captain not because of the number of caps he has earned but for his unsurpassed commitment and competitiveness," Scariolo said.
The coach also confirmed that in the absence of Pau Gasol, he will turn to the Los Angeles Lakers star's brother Marc to dominate under the basket.
"He is our first reference around the basket and he will take up his new role with strength and personality," Scariolo said.
On star guard Ricky Rubio, Scariolo said: "He will amaze everyone with intuition and creativity."