Basketball Australia (BA) today announced the team of 12 players for the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers to be held at the State Basketball Centre next week in Melbourne.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallists Nathan Sobey and Nick Kay will reunite for the first time since their historic place on the podium in Japan, while Isaac Humphries returns to the team following his last appearance in 2019.
The youngest member of the team, 19-year-old Centre of Excellence graduate, Alex Toohey, is ready to suit up in the green and gold alongside Boomer debutants Mason Peatling and Nick Marshall.
Mitch McCarron, Mitch Norton, Daniel Grida, Todd Blanchfield and Kyle Adnam will all come into the team following their impressive NBL seasons.
Emerging talents Rocco Zikarsky, Alex Condon and Ben Henshall from the Centre of Excellence will join the team as training players.
Jason Smith, former Boomers Captain and Director, Senior National Teams, knows the importance of giving young athletes experience training alongside some of Australia’s best basketball talent.
“These young athletes have been identified as potential Boomers of the future, we want to immerse them in our culture and give them access to our most experienced players. Developing our next generation of players is key to the ongoing success of our national teams,” said Smith.
Head Coach, Dean Vickerman, is pleased with the balance of experience in the team.
“We have a lot of seasoned campaigners with McCarron, Sobey, Vague and Kay. We have a great group of talented guys coming out of the NBL and this is a great step for them,” said Vickerman.
Nick Kay has returned from his duties with Shimane Susanoo Magic in the Japanese B League and is looking forward to playing at home.
“I’m super excited about the opportunity to put on the green and gold at home. We have a great group of players and I’m just ready to get out there and play,” said Kay.
The Boomers will head to Melbourne to commence training on Sunday.
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Thursday 23 February, 7pm AEDT – Australia v Bahrain
Sunday 26 February, 3pm AEDT – Australia v Kazakhstan
State Basketball Centre
Wantirna South, VIC
Australian Boomers Team:
Australian Boomers Training Players:
Dean Vickerman, Head Coach
Jamie Pearlman, Robbie McKinlay – Assistant Coaches