Australian Boomers Head Coach Brian Goorjian has announced the addition of Brisbane Bullets shooting guard Nathan Sobey to the squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Following Sobey’s impressive performances throughout the 2020-21 NBL season, Brian Goorjian said: “Nathan’s dominance and sustained consistency this season has been outstanding and led to his call-up to the Boomers squad.
“I know that he was really disappointed at missing the initial squad, but this didn’t deter him and the way that he has responded and taken his game to another level is a lesson for all players and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity.
“It’s great recognition and reward for Nathan and the Bullets who have provided a platform to excel.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do when he joins our squad in that environment”.
Sobey, 30, is ranked second in the league averaging 22 points per game and achieved double figures in all 29 games. He has been equally as impressive in defence averaging over four steals per game and 4.6 rebounds.
A member of Australia’s 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup team, Nathan Sobey said: “It is always a special opportunity to have the chance to represent your country and I am very grateful to be picked for the squad.
“I was disappointed to miss out initially, but chose to work harder and was really focused on playing well for Bullets each week and leading by example”.
Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis was delighted to see Sobey rewarded for his efforts and season so far.
“This is great recognition for the season Nathan is having and reflective of the growth we have all seen in him as a player and person,” said Lemanis.
“It is also a great example for all those who encounter disappointment along their journey that you have a choice as to your response. Blame and excuses are one choice, setting your mind to working and improving is another. It’s clear which one gives you the best chance to change your circumstances in a positive manner. I’m thrilled for Nathan and for our Club”.
In February, Basketball Australia (BA) announced a 24-man squad for Tokyo 2020 led by Joe Ingles and Patty Mills.
The Boomers pre-Olympic training camp will take place in the USA during July with specific details yet to be finalised. Information will be announced in due course.