Australia will be pinning its hopes on a Boomers squad bolstered by a swag of NBA stars when it shoots for glory in August’s FIBA World Cup.
The star-studded 17-man training side will be vying for its first-ever international medal at the August tournament, which commences in exactly 100 days time.
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“No doubt, we have the opportunity to put a great team on the floor and that’s exciting. Working with the best players in the country is such an honour and privilege – I feel extremely blessed to again have this opportunity,” Lemanis said following the announcement.
“However, the depth of talent in Australian basketball means that some tough decisions are made at this point and some very good players [have missed] out.”
Boomers star Ingles said the squad had the potential to extend its campaign into the World Cup’s medal rounds.
“We are confident we can do something really special at the World Cup and that is to bring home a gold medal,” Ingles said.
A trio of key playmakers do not feature in the squad – injured Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, Thon Maker and Ryan Broekhoff.
Maker’s Detroit Pistons requested the Australian up-and-comer to focus on his development during the upcoming NBA off-season, while Broekhoff will remain in Australia for the birth of his first child.
In their place, a host of NBL talent will jostle for a World Cup berth, including Melbourne’s Chris Goulding, Brisbane duo Nathan Sobey and Cameron Gliddon, and Perth’s Nicholas Kay.
Perth Wildcats forward Nick Kay has been named alongside nine Aussie NBA players in the Boomers 2019 FIBA World Cup squad.
Congratulations, Nick! 🦘
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The Boomers squad will play four pre-World Cup games on home soil, facing Canada in Perth on August 16 and 17 and the United States’ basketball team in Melbourne on August 22 and 24.
17-man Australian Boomers squad (trimmed to 12 for the World Cup)