Boomers squad ready for Europe – and Kiwis

Boomers squad ready for Europe – and Kiwis

Following a highly successful 7-day training camp on the Gold Coast, Basketball Australia and Boomers Head Coach Brian Goorjian have selected a 14 man squad that they believe has the talent and drive to beat New Zealand. Recently beset by

Following a highly successful 7-day training camp on the Gold Coast, Basketball Australia and Boomers Head Coach Brian Goorjian have selected a 14 man squad that they believe has the talent and drive to beat New Zealand.

Recently beset by the loss of star players Andrew Bogut, CJ Bruton, Matt Nielsen and Chris Anstey to injury, Goorjian is now buoyed by the enthusiasm he witnessed at the camp and the team’s unified drive to beat the Kiwis.

Australia is gearing up for the 2007 FIBA Oceania Men’s Championship against New Zealand to be played on August 20, 22 and 24 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with the winner earning the right to play in Beijing.

“The guys really stepped it up at the camp,” Goorjian said.

“They are in great shape and motivated and after Newley and Schenscher arrived I thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got a pretty nice team.’”

“We had questions about the point guard position but Darnell Mee came in and picked up the system quickly and he’s a leader and respected by the group.

“We hadn’t seen David Andersen for a while but he is a class player that can score and has played around the world and is a true professional and he made all the other guys around him better.

“Mackinnon continued his MVP form and had a great camp and the young guys like Worthington, Gibson and Ingles brought great energy.

“With this group I’m feeling good about Europe and the New Zealand series.”

“The Kiwis are tough and the series that they’re having with Venezuela is very physical, but at this point in time I just don’t see any surprises.

“We know what to expect.”

Recent NBA draftee Brad Newley tore ligaments in his left ankle at the end of the Gold Coast training camp but will travel with the team on their two week, eight game tour of Italy and Turkey in preparation for the all-important trans-Tasman series in August.

Also under evaluation by the medical staff is Sydney King Russell Hinder, who captained the Boomers to victory at a 4 Nations Tournament in China last month but has been named as a non-touring reserve in the squad due to an ongoing calf injury, along with South Dragon Jacob Holmes.

South Dragon Matt Burston, Perth Wildcat Alex Loughton and Sydney King Ian Crosswhite were released from duty when the squad size was reduced.

Australian Emu Patrick Mills, who is currently in Europe following the conclusion of the FIBA World Championship for Under 19 men, will join the Boomers squad on an Indigenous Talent Identification Grant, courtesy of the Australian Sports Commission.

The Australia Post Boomers will depart Sydney bound for Europe on SQ222 at 3:40pm on Friday.

The Australia Post Boomers:

Name/height/club

David ANDERSEN        212cm            CSKA Moscow
Adam GIBSON             188cm             Brisbane Bullets
Wade HELLIWELL        213cm             Siena (Italy)
Joe INGLES                   203cm             South Dragons
Luke KENDALL             193cm             Sydney Kings
Sam MACKINNON       197cm             Brisbane Bullets
Darnell MEE                198cm             Cairns Taipans
Patrick MILLS               181cm             Australian Institute of Sport
Brad NEWLEY              198cm             Houston Rockets (USA), Adelaide 36ers
Damien RYAN              193cm             Perth Wildcats
Glen SAVILLE               197cm             Sydney Kings
Luke SCHENSCHER      216cm             Portland Trailblazers (USA)
Jason SMITH                194cm             Sydney Kings
Mark WORTHINGTON   202cm           Sydney Kings

Reserves:
Russell HINDER           208cm             Sydney Kings
Jacob HOLMES            198cm             South Dragons

Staff:
Brian GOORJIAN         Head Coach                           
Brendan JOYCE           Assistant Coach                      
Gordon McLEOD         Assistant Coach                      
Nic MERCER                Operations Manager
Dr Seamus DALTON    Doctor
Nik POPOVIC               Strength and Conditioning
Steve EVANS                Physiotherapist
Diana GLAZER             Massage Therapist