The selected team has talent from across the NBL competition , including: Akoldah Gak – Illawarra Hawks, Tamuri Wigness and Blake Jones – Brisbane Bullets, Jaylin Galloway and Biwali Bayles – Sydney Kings.
Head Coach Darren Perry said “there was a consistent high level of performance by all players at selection camp resulting in some very tough calls being made. Our team for the World Cup in July is versatile and will be able to play with pressure defense and have the ability to score the basketball in many different ways. We know that all our opponents will be formidable and we look forward to meeting all challenges that come our way and to represent our country with honour.”
This is the third Junior World Championships for Tamuri Wigness, who previously participated in 2017 U17 and 2019 U19 FIBA World Cup’s.
Australia have drawn Pool D along with USA, Turkey and Mali.
Full squad list below:
|Number #||Name||Height||Home State|
|5||Biwali Bayles||182cm||New South Wales|
|13||Akoldah Gak||210cm||New South Wales|
|14||David Okwera||210cm||Western Australia|
|15||Yaak Yaak||210cm||South Australia|
Saturday 3 July Mali v Australia
Sunday 4 July Australia v Turkey
Tuesday 6 July Australia v USA
Wednesday 7 July Round of 16
Friday 9 July Quarter finals
Saturday 10 July Semi Finals
Sunday 11 July Finals
FIBA U19 World Cup Website http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u19/2021/games