A 24-man Australian Boomers squad has been selected for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, and it features a refreshing mixture of young talent and experienced veterans.
In the absence of Brett Brown, Will Weaver will take the reins of the Boomers during the qualifying period, with the Sydney Kings head coach set to be flanked by Adam Caporn and CJ Bruton.
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The selection of the squad took into account the current NBL standings — the understanding is that players on teams who make the playoffs wouldn’t be available for the qualifiers — allowing room for a host of Australia’s best young prospects to earn a spot.
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The squad, led by the likes of Chris Goulding and Mitch Creek, will play a game against New Zealand on February 20, before travelling to Hong Kong for a fixture against their national team on February 23.
“We’re fortunate to have so many talented players eager to step up whenever they have the chance to represent Australia,” Weaver said.
“It’s always a tremendous honour to be part of the Boomers program and we are excited for this group to start the journey of qualifying for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup on home soil against New Zealand in Brisbane.”
Out of the 24 players, twelve are under the age of 25, highlighted by the 17-year-old Josh Giddey, who’s one of the country’s best up-and-coming talents. Also among the younger crop are Kouat Noi, Daniel Grida, Tamuri Wigness Jr., Will Magnay, Sam and Harry Froling, Sunday Dech, and Emmett Naar.
The final 12-man Boomers team will be announced ahead of the February 20 match-up with New Zealand.
AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS SQUAD
Anthony Drmic – Adelaide 36ers
Harry Froling – Adelaide 36ers
Nathan Sobey – Brisbane Bullets
Cameron Gliddon – Brisbane Bullets
Matthew Hodgson – Brisbane Bullets
Jason Cadee – Brisbane Bullets
Will Magnay – Brisbane Bullets
Tamuri Wigness Jr. – Centre of Excellence
Kouat Noi – Cairns Taipans
Mirko Djeric – Cairns Taipans
Josh Giddey – NBA Global Academy
Todd Blanchfield – Illawarra Hawks
Daniel Grida – Illawarra Hawks
Emmett Naar – Illawarra Hawks
Sunday Dech – Illawarra Hawks
Sam Froling – Illawarra Hawks
Angus Glover – Illawarra Hawks
Chris Goulding – Melbourne United
David Barlow – Melbourne United
Mitch McCarron – Melbourne United
Mitch Creek – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Dane Pinaeu – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Kyle Adnam – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Adam Gibson – South East Melbourne Phoenix
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