Boomers Training Squad for FIBA Asia Cup Named
Basketball Australia has named a twenty player pool for the Boomer’s campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup that will be hosted in Lebanon 15 – 27 Aug 2017.
The training squad is lead by the Olympic trio of Dave Andersen, Chris Goulding and Kevin Lisch minus the Aussie stars playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who will be utilizing the off-season to rest after last year’s Rio Olympics run. With the absence of stars such as Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum and Ben Simmons, a number of stars from the National Basketball League will have the chance to represent Australia in the Asia Cup.
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The training squad members are: David Andersen, Todd Blanchfield, Angus Brandt, Jason Cadee, Mitch Creek, Cam Gliddon, Chris Goulding, Matt Hodgson, Tom Jervis, Nick Kay, Daniel Kickert, Kevin Lisch, Ben Madgen, Majok Majok, Mitch McCarron, Brad Newley, Mitch Norton, Nathan Sobey, Clint Steindl, Jesse Wagstaff.
The selection camp will be held in the Gold Coast where Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis will select twelve members to form the national team.
Despite not having NBA players, Andrej Lemanis is contented with the selection squad. “I’m really pleased with the group,” said Lemanis as quoted by Fox Sports.
“There is a good mix of experienced Boomers campaigners and players getting their Boomers opportunity for the first time. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together and watching this group develop.
“As we identified, the new FIBA format provides the opportunity for different guys to step in and show what they can do on the international stage and I’m looking forward to seeing it play out – the enthusiasm that new people bring to the group is always exciting to be around.”
The Boomers are featured in Group D of the Asia Cup alongside East Asian teams Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Hong Kong.
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For the upcoming FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Australia will have Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Philippine Republic as assignments in Group B.
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