BA ranked 3rd in World, Jayco Opals ranked 2: FIBA

BA ranked 3rd in World, Jayco Opals ranked 2: FIBA

Off the back of their three-game victory over the New Zealand Tall Ferns at the recent FIBA Oceania Championship, seeing the side qualify for the London Olympic Games, the Jayco Australian Opals’ FIBA World ranking has risen from third to equal second, placing the Aussies alongside Russia, only one place behind the World number one USA.

The elevation also brings Basketball Australia up to a combined World ranking of three out of 213 competing nations. Considering FIFA boasts 208 competing countries in the sport of football, a FIBA world ranking of three out of 213 is a great achievement, a result that incorporates the performances of our national teams and programs, including the Men’s senior national team, the Boomers, our U19 national teams the Gems and the Emus, and our U17 men’s and women’s junior national teams.  

The FIBA Basketball Rankings are a moving average of placement in international basketball events over an eight year period (two competition cycles). So rather than reflecting a good performance in one event, it is instead an indicator of solid performances across teams and across competitions over an extended period of time.

Basketball Australia CEO Larry Sengstock said that the outcome is the result of hard work and dedication from countless people within the sport, from the players themselves, through to the many coaches, team managers and administrators who help to ensure that the sport is given every chance to succeed internationally.  

“Australian Basketball teams continue to be world-beaters on the international stage,” said Sengstock.

“We’ve come off the back of a very heavy international season and all of our national teams have performed exceptionally well. Numerous teams have been in the running for medals at World Championships and other international tournaments and we’ve had a number of teams bring home medals and secure trophies. We should all be very proud of the way they have performed and conducted themselves. We are the envy of many Basketball federations around the world,” he said.

The Jayco Opals in particular have been a dominant force in World basketball which culminated with a FIBA World Championship Gold Medal in 2006, following their Bronze Medal win at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Following the 1996 Games, the Jayco Opals have since claimed three consecutive Olympic Silver Medals in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and then Beijing in 2008. Their rise to equal second in the World is an exciting development as they begin to focus on the London Olympic Games in 2012.