FIBA announce draw for U17 Men’s WC

FIBA announce draw for U17 Men’s WC

The Australian U17 Men’s Basketball team have drawn a tough group for the upcoming FIBA U17 World Championship, after the sport’s governing body FIBA released the schedule for the tournament last week, which tips off on 29 June, 2012.

Pooled with USA, France and the Czech Republic, along with Egypt and China, the Aussies will need to finish in the top four of their group to advance to the quarter finals. From there, they will need to remain perfect to advance to the semi finals and ultimately, the Gold Medal game.

The team ended the 2010 World Championship with a sixth-place finish, a strong result, but one that head coach Guy Molloy feels that they can improve on.

The 2012 FIBA U17 Men’s World Championship will be held in Lithuania from 29 June – 8 July.

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Australian U17 Men’s Basketball Squad

Sam Daly, SA, Sturt Sabres
Josh Derksen, QLD, Toowoomba
Mirko Djeric, NSW, Bankstown
Nick Duncan, NSW, Manly Warringah
Dante Exum, VIC, Keilor
Matt Jackson, VIC, Diamond Valley
Sam Johns , SA, Southern Tigers
Tanner Krebs, TAS, Grenadiers
Fabijan Krslovic, NSW, Northern Suburbs
Michael Luxford, VIC, Werribee Devils
Cher Maker, NSW, Newington College
Darcy Malone, ACT, West Belconnen
Jonathan Mbakwe, NSW, Sydney City Comets
Christian Petracca, VIC, Bulleen
Jack Purchase, VIC, Melbourne Tigers
Ben Simmons, VIC Metro, Knox
Cade Towers, QLD, Southern Districts Spartans
Felix von Hofe, VIC Metro, Melbourne Tigers

Head Coach: Guy Molloy
Assistant Coach: Alan McAughtry
Assistant Coach: Jamie O'Loughlin
Manager: Kevin Smith
Physio: Eirik Ulvestad
Doctor: Cliff Baxter