Boomers name team for Stankovic Continental Cup

Boomers name team for Stankovic Continental Cup

Homegrown NBA players Patrick Mills and David Andersen headline the 12 athletes selected to play for the Golden Star Australian Boomers men’s national basketball team as they look to defend their title at the 2010 Stankovic Continental Cup in China.

Basketball Australia announced the team to play in the prestigious invitation-only tournament in Lizhou, China from 28 July to 1 August following the conclusion of a six-day training Camp on the Gold Coast.

Also included in the team are Europe-based players Joe Ingles, Brad Newley, Matthew Nielsen, David Barlow, Mark Worthington, Aron Baynes, Steven Markovic and AJ Ogilvy. 

Local NBL-based players Adam Gibson of the Gold Coast Blaze and Damian Martin of reigning NBL champions the Perth Wildcats round out the team.
The Boomers will open the Stankovic Continental Cup with a clash against host nation and Asian powerhouse China (ranked number nine in the world) on Wednesday 28 July at 7:30pm local time.

In Game Two, the Boomers will face off against powerful European team Slovenia, who are ranked 20th in the world, on Thursday 29 July at 4:00PM local time. 

Australia will then take on Iran (ranked 21st globally) in their last preliminary game on Friday 30 July at 4:00PM local.  All three of the Boomers’ opponents in the event have qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

All games in the Stankovic Continental Cup will be played at the Liugang Gymnasium in Liuzhou, China.

The Boomers are the defending champions of the tournament, after having defeated Turkey in the final last year to claim the title.

The Stankovic Continental Cup is a crucial part of the Boomers’ preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championships, which will be held in Turkey from 28 August to 12 September. 
Golden Star Boomers – 2010 Stankovic Cup Team
Name / Height / Age / Position / Most Recent College or Pro Team
David ANDERSEN / 212cm / 30 / Centre / Houston Rockets (US)
David BARLOW / 205cm / 26 / Forward / CAI Zaragoza (Spain)
Aron BAYNES / 207cm / 23 / Centre / EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany)
Adam GIBSON / 188cm / 23 / Guard / Gold Coast Blaze
Joe INGLES / 203cm / 22 / Forward / CB Granada (Spain)
Steven MARKOVIC / 190cm / 25 / Guard / KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia)
Damian MARTIN / 188cm / 25 / Guard / Perth Wildcats
Patrick MILLS / 183cm / 21 / Guard / Portland Trail Blazers (US)
Brad NEWLEY / 198cm / 25 / Guard / Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)
Matthew NIELSEN / 209cm / 32 / Forward / Olympiacos (Greece)
AJ OGILVY / 211cm / 22 / Centre / Besiktas (Turkey)
Mark WORTHINGTON / 202cm / 27 / Forward / Brose Baskets (Germany)