Basketball Australia is proud to announce a 17-man Australia Post Boomers squad, whose players will vie for a place on the national team to compete at the 2007 FIBA Oceania Qualifying Series in August.
The Boomers have to defeat the New Zealand Tall Blacks in that series to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“Forget Beijing and forget medalling – we’ve got to qualify first,” Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian said.
“Only the World Champions Spain and the host nation China are guaranteed a spot in Beijing, so I can confidently say that all the other nations are thinking like we are.
“At this point, qualifying is the goal.”
Basketball Australia also invited 21 athletes to attend a Try Out and Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in early June as a precursor to the Boomers tour of China in late June.
The athletes that make an impression during that initial camp will be invited into the squad that will attend Boomers Camp 2 on the Gold Coast in mid July.
“The short term goal with the June camp is to find a hidden nugget and to introduce as many people as we can to the Boomer culture,” Goorjian said.
“The medium term goal is to get all the best players aboard and on one page.
“The goal at the end of all this is to have a team that is playing well and, as I said, to qualify against New Zealand.”
The Australia Post Boomers 17-man squad is as follows:
David Andersen CSKA (Russia)
Chris Anstey Melbourne Tigers
Stephen Black Brisbane Bullets
Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks (USA)
CJ Bruton Brisbane Bullets
Aaron Bruce Baylor University (USA)
Wade Helliwell Sebastiani (Italy)
Joe Ingles South Dragons
Sam Mackinnon Brisbane Bullets
Darnell Mee Cairns Taipans
Patrick Mills AIS
Brad Newley Townsville Crocodiles
Matthew Nielsen Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
Glen Saville Wollongong Hawks
Luke Schenscher Fort Worth (USA)
Jason Smith Sydney Kings
Mark Worthington Sydney Kings
The 21 players invited to attend the Try Out and Development Camp are:
Ian Crosswhite Sydney Kings
Larry Davidson Singapore Slingers
Oscar Forman New Zealand Breakers
Adam Gibson Brisbane Bullets
Sam Harris Old Dominion (USA)
James Harvey West Sydney Razorbacks
Russell Hinder Sydney Kings
Jacob Holmes South Dragons
Nathan Jawai Cairns Taipans
Luke Kendall Sydney Kings
Julian Khazzouh West Sydney Razorbacks
Daniel Kickert Livorno (Italy)
Matt Knight LMU (USA)
Alex Loughton Valencia, Spain
Aleksandar Maric Nebraska (USA)
Steven Markovic Red Star (Serbia)
Brad Robbins Perth Wildcats
Liam Rush West Sydney Razorbacks
Damian Ryan Perth Wildcats
Cameron Tovey Sydney Kings
Greg Vanderjagt Townsville Crocodiles