Injury has forced Australian Boomers rising stars Daniel Johnson and Mitch Creek to withdraw from the national team squad and as a result next week’s camp in Perth.
Johnson, who has come off a break-out season in the NBL with the Adelaide 36ers, had an MRI yesterday to determine the cause of pain he was experiencing in his ankle. The scan revealed that he has some bruising and other minor damage which will require set skills training under the watchful eye of the medical staff.
Creek, also a member of the Adelaide 36ers team as well as the 2011 Australian Emus U19s team that competed in the FIBA U19 World Championship, has been experiencing strong back pain and is on specialised rehabilitation work.
Both the Boomers and 36ers medical staff reviewed the injuries and it was decided that both players should withdraw from the camp, which is expected to be two sessions per day and quite intense.
The decision also rules both players out of contention for selection for the Boomers team that will battle China in the YouYi Series in WA, as well as the Farewell Series: Basketball’s Road to London, which will see the Boomers battle Greece in Victoria next month.
The YouYi Series tips off in Perth on Saturday, 9 June at 2pm from Challenge Stadium. The series then moves to the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre on Monday 11 June at 7pm, before concluding on Wednesday 13 June at Challenge Stadium at 8pm.
For more information on the YouYi Series visit: www.youyigames.com
The Farewell Series will see the Boomers and Jayco Opals take on Greece and Brazil respectively in a three-match series, tipping off with a double-header at Hisense Arena on Sunday June 24.
Tickets for The Farewell Series: Basketball’s Road to London are now on sale for all games with adults starting from just $25 and children/concession from $15.
For more information on The Farewell Series visit: www.thefarewellseries.com.au.