Written by Liam Ellison.
The FIBA championships will be held in Bangkok from August 5-11. The competition serves as qualification for the 2019 Under-19 World Championships.
The 2018 addition of the competition will include Australia and New Zealand for the first time. The most recent champions Iran, won the 2016 championships. China has won the most titles with 11.
The Emus have been drawn into Pool C and will face New Zealand, Bahrain and host nation Thailand.
The 12-player side for this year features athletes from five states. Head coach Darren Perry selected his squad with a specific skill set in mind.
“The coaching staff and selection panel was focused on assembling a group that had a combination of proven results at international level, an ability to play in the full court both offensively and defensively and the flexibility to adapt to different styles of play that we are likely to see at the Asia Cup tournament” he said.
The entire Emus squad has previous international experience, highlighted by Tamuri Wigness who is fresh off having represented the Crocs at the Under-17 World Championships in Argentina.
Perry is hopeful that the group selected can deliver the desired results for the Emus.
“This group has a responsibility to represent Australia with the great spirit, camaraderie and style that is expected of us” explained Perry.
“We’ll strive to play highly disruptive defense, an unselfish brand of offense and play every possession with the required focus. If we can achieve that, we’ll have a successful tournament.”
For more information on the FIBA U18 Aisa Championships, vist their website: http://www.fiba.basketball/asia/u18/2018
The Under-19 Emu’s Team:
|Kyle Bowen||Western Australia|
|Josh Gatbel Kunen||Victoria|
|Isiah Lee||New South Wales|