Basketball Australia has today announced a reduced Boomers Olympic squad for the final selection camp and matches beginning in the USA late this month, ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 19-man squad includes seven players who have previously donned the green and gold at the Olympics including Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Brock Motum, Joe Ingles and Patty Mills as well as a host of potential Olympic debutants including rising stars Josh Giddey and Josh Green.
The final team of 12, named in early July, will participate in exhibition matches against the United States, Nigeria and Argentina in Las Vegas, as a final hit out before departing for Tokyo.
Boomers and three-time Olympic Head Coach Brian Goorjian is excited by the talent and the opportunity in Tokyo.
“Having so many talented players is fantastic but it will certainly make for a challenging selection process,” said Goorjian. “The fact that a number of first-time aspiring Boomers are pushing for selection to the ultimate international stage is testimony to the great depth of talent in Australian basketball.”
“It will be great to have the group together to push each other, the focus of our experienced Olympians has been unbelievable and we won’t shy away from the fact that we are chasing gold in Tokyo”.
The Olympic Games for the Boomers begins in Tokyo on July 25.
BOOMERS 19-MAN OLYMPIC SQUAD
Aron BAYNES, Ryan BROEKHOFF, Xavier COOKS, Mitchell CREEK, Matthew DELLAVEDOVA, Dante EXUM, Joshua GIDDEY, Christopher GOULDING, Josh GREEN, Isaac HUMPHRIES, Joe INGLES, Nicholas KAY, Jock LANDALE, Patty MILLS, Brock MOTUM, Duop REATH, Ben SIMMONS, Nathan SOBEY, Matisse THYBULLE.