Following the conclusion of a five day training camp at the AIS in Canberra, Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the 17 athletes selected to represent the Australia Post Boomers for five international matches in June.
Twenty athletes now remain in the squad for 12 Olympic berths, with the final team to be named by July 2nd.
Andrew Bogut awaits contract negotiations in the United States, David Andersen will enjoy a brief rest after returning from a grueling season in Russia while Nathan Jawai is fighting hard to keep his NBA dream alive and may not be back in Australia in time for selection.
“It was a good camp and no one did poorly,” Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian said.
“A lot of the decisions were positional and they were tough calls but we all agreed on what had to be done.
“The players we released have contributed to the road ahead and we are appreciative of the efforts they have made.
“It was a positive, intense, aggressive camp and now it’s on to Perth and we’re looking forward to playing some games.”
Peter Crawford (Perth Wildcats), Adam Gibson (Brisbane Bullets), Jacob Holmes (South Dragons), Matthew Knight (West Sydney Razorbacks), Alex Loughton (Perth Wildcats) and Luke Schenscher (Brose Basket, Germany) were the athletes shaved from the squad.
Europe-based stars Matt Nielsen, Brad Newley and Damien Ryan were unable to attend the AIS training camp but will join the Boomers in Perth.
The Boomers arrive in Perth on Tuesday (June 10) and play the first game of the ‘Boomers World Challenge’ against Iran on Monday June 16 at Challenge Stadium at 7:00pm.
Then it’s on to Adelaide for game two (Distinctive Homes Dome on Wednesday June 18 at 7:30pm) and Melbourne for game three (State Netball Hockey Centre on Friday June 20 at 7:30pm).
The Boomers then head to Auckland to face the New Zealand Tall Blacks (North Shore Events Centre on Thursday June 26 at 7:30pm) before returning to ‘The Cage’ in Melbourne to play the second of two games for the Al Ramsay Shield (State Netball Hockey Centre on Saturday June 28 at 5:00pm).
A tour to Europe follows, with the Boomers departing Australia on Sunday June 29 for games in Croatia against Angola and the host nation and a tournament in Greece for games against Brazil, Croatia and the host nation.
The Australia Post Boomers squad for June:
(name, position, height, last club played with)
Chris ANSTEY / Centre / 213cm / Melbourne Tigers
David BARLOW / Guard / 205cm / Melbourne Tigers
CJ BRUTON / Guard / 188cm / Brisbane Bullets
James HARVEY / Guard / 196cm / Gold Coast Blaze
Wade HELLIWELL / Centre / 213cm / Sebastiani (Ita.)
Russell HINDER /Forward / 208cm / Sydney Kings
Joe INGLES / Guard / 203cm / South Dragons
Luke KENDALL / Guard / 193cm / Sydney Kings
Darnell MEE / Guard / 198cm / Cairns Taipans
Patrick MILLS / Guard / 181cm / St. Mary’s College Gaels (USA)
Brad NEWLEY / Guard / 198cm / Panionios (Greece)
Matthew NIELSEN / Forward / 209cm / Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
Andrew OGILVY / Centre / 210cm / Vanderbilt U Commodores (USA)
Shawn REDHAGE / Forward / 203cm / Perth Wildcats
Damien RYAN / Guard / 193cm / Gruppo Triboldi (Italy)
Glen SAVILLE / Guard / 197cm / Sydney Kings
Mark WORTHINGTON / Forward / 202cm / Sydney Kings
Game schedule for June:
AUSTRALIA v IRAN – BOOMERS WORLD CHALLENGE
Game 1 - Challenge Stadium in Perth
Monday 16 June at 7:00pm
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Game 2 - Distinctive Homes Dome in Adelaide
Wednesday 18 June at 7:30pm
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Game 3 - State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne
Friday 20 June at 7.30pm
Call Ticketmaster on 136 100.
AUSTRALIA v NEW ZEALAND – AL RAMSAY SHIELD
Game 1 – North Shore Events Centre, Auckland
Thursday 26 June at 7:30pm
Game 2 - State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne
Saturday 28 June at 5:00pm
Call Ticketmaster on 136 100.
For more information please contact:Bill BaxterBasketball AustraliaT: 02 9469 7236M: 0423 378 644E: firstname.lastname@example.org