Also named in the side are NBL stars Damian Martin (Perth Wildcats), Adam Gibson (Gold Coast Blaze) and Mark Worthington (Gold Coast Blaze).
The Boomers wrapped their five-day Gold Coast camp yesterday, which has seen the squad on-court for four hours a day since Monday. With the knowledge that two players would not make the cut for the London trip, the stakes were high and so was the intensity.
According to Boomers head coach Brett Brown, the London trip is the perfect end to the team’s preparations for the FIBA Oceania Series against New Zealand.
“It’s been a long process and unfortunately we had to release two players today which is always difficult,” said Brett Brown as camp wrapped yesterday.
“It’s exciting to be able to go to London and play the level of competition that we’ll be playing and it’s just a fantastic final step to try and be ready for the Kiwis,” he said.
The team faces China first up on Tuesday, which starts a gruelling three days of competition that will see the team face off against France and then Croatia.
With a rest day in between, the Boomers then finish off the London trip with games against Serbia and Great Britain, before heading for Spain where they will play two games against the Spanish national team.
“We just want to be a little bit better,” Brown said of the team’s goals for London.
“With the good games that we’re playing, we get to look at our rotations and test our structure against some of the world’s best talent.
“You know, you’re playing Spain two times, you’re playing (NBA star) Tony Parker’s French team, you’ve got Croatia and Serbia, it’s just all good. I’m just grateful that BA was able to put together such a fantastic preparation schedule,” he said.
The team flies to Melbourne from Brisbane this afternoon at 3.30pm and they are schedule to arrive at 5.00pm. Their flight to London is then scheduled to depart tonight at 11.00pm tonight.
2011 Australian Boomers Men’s Basketball Team: European Tour
David BARLOW, Murcia, Spain
Aron BAYNES, EWE Basket Oldenburg, Germany
Peter CRAWFORD, Townsville Crocodiles
Matthew DELLAVEDOVA, St Mary's College, USA
Adam GIBSON, Gold Coast Blaze
Joe INGLES, Regal FC Barcelona, Spain
Daniel KICKERT, PGE Turow, Poland
Aleks MARIC, Panathinaikos, Greece
Damian MARTIN, Perth Wildcats
Patrick MILLS, Portland Trailblazers, USA
Brad NEWLEY, Lietuvos, Rytas, Lithuania
Matthew NIELSEN, BC Khimki, Russia
AJ OGILVY, Valencia, Spain
Mark WORTHINGTON, Gold Coast Blaze
London International Basketball Invitational - Schedule
16 Aug Olympic Test Event vs. China - London, England
17 Aug Olympic Test Event vs. France - London, England
18 Aug Olympic Test Event vs. Croatia - London, England
20 Aug Olympic Test Event vs. Serbia - London, England
21 Aug Olympic Test Event vs. Great Britain - London, England
Event website: http://www.londonpreparesseries.com/basketball/index.html