AUSTRALIAN TEAM NAMED FOR ASIA CUP QUALIFIER

AUSTRALIAN TEAM NAMED FOR ASIA CUP QUALIFIER

Defending FIBA Asia Cup champions, Australia will be represented by some of the country’s most exciting young talent when they face the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a 2021 Asia Cup Group C qualifier in Cairns on February 20.

The Australian team will comprise of current or recent graduates from Basketball Australia’s globally renowned Centre of Excellence (CoE) program and the NBA Global Academy, both programs based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Celebrating it’s 40th anniversity this year, the CoE has been the breeding ground for Australian national teams for the past four decades, and these twelve athletes are the latest to make their debut for the senior national team.

Four members of the roster have recently been playing in the NBA G League or College basketball (USA); Taran Armstrong (California Baptist University), Hunter Clarke (University of Montana), Hunter Goodrick (University of South Dakota) and Matt Kenyon (South Bay Lakers, NBA G League).

Representatives of the world-leading NBA Global Academy who have been selected are Tyrese Proctor and Alex Toohey, with Dyson Daniels, Jack McWilliams, Patrick Ryan, David Okwera, Reyne Smith and Harry Wessels all current CoE scholarship holders.

The coaching staff of head coach Adam Caporn (CoE Men’s Head Coach/Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Team Assistant Coach) and assistant coach Kerry Williams (Cairns Taipans Indigenous Programs Manager and NBL1 Head Coach) will have the additional support and mentorship of Gordon (Gordie) McLeod, who brings Olympic expertise having been an assistant coach for the Australian men’s team at Beijing.

Upon selecting this Australian team, head coach Adam Caporn said: “What a fantastic opportunity and privilege for this group of highly talented young men to step forward and represent Australia in such an important game.

“It is the greatest honour in sport to represent your country and knowing the talent and character of this group, they are ready to make an important contribution and do Australia proud. We can’t wait to get to Cairns and help Australia defend our FIBA Asia Cup title.”

Australian Boomers Team – 2021 Asia Cup Qualifier vs Tall Blacks

Name Position Current Team Hometown
Taran Armstrong Guard North-West Thunder (NBL1) / California Baptist University Burnie, TAS
Hunter Clarke Guard Unattached (formerly University of Montana) Kaleen, ACT
Dyson Daniels Guard/Forward BA Centre of Excellence Bendigo, VIC
Hunter Goodrick Forward University of South Dakota Roseville, NSW
Matt Kenyon Guard Unattached (formerly South Bay Lakers, NBA G League) Avoca, NSW
Jack McWilliams Centre BA Centre of Excellence Ingleburn, NSW
David Okwera Forward BA Centre of Excellence Braybrook, VIC
Tyrese Proctor Guard NBA Global Academy Bangor, NSW
Patrick Ryan Guard/Forward BA Centre of Excellence Philip Island, VIC
Reyne Smith Guard BA Centre of Excellence Ulverstone, TAS
Alex Toohey Forward NBA Global Academy Woden, ACT
Harry Wessels Centre BA Centre of Excellence Bannister, WA

The top two teams in each group contesting the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers group phase will secure their spot to the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup scheduled for August. The qualification to the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup will secure the Boomers a place in the qualifying stage for the 2023 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup.

Ticket On Sale Details – New Zealand vs Australia – 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier
Tickets will go on general public on sale at 12.00pm local time on Friday 12 February from taipans.com.

Ticket prices (excluding ticketing and transaction fees)
Family (2A/2C or 1A/3C): $40.00
Adult: $20.00
Child & Student/Concession: $10.00

This 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland along with Cairns Regional Council and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.