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Five NBL players named to World University Games team

Five NBL players have been named to the final group of 12 players for the men’s World University Games team, with the tournament to be held in South Korea from July 4-13. Shaun Bruce and Corey Maynard from Cairns, Mitch Creek from Adelaide, Mirko Djeric from Townsville and Hugh Greenwood who recently signed with the Perth Wildcats will compete in the tournament before the NBL pre-season begins in September. They are joined by Nicholas Duncan, Peter Hooley, Mitch McCarron, Keanu Pinder and Daniel Trist who have all been developing their games in the US college system, as have 200cm forwards Deng Deng and Mangok Mathiang who are proud representatives of the diversity within the talented playing group. Men’s coach Andrej Lemanis is excited about the range of talent his team possesses. “It’s a sign of the future of Australian basketball that we have a mix of talent from different backgrounds,” he said. “We have two Sudanese players and some whose fathers previously came over as American imports which has given us the ability to play a style of basketball that we have not been able to explore before.” Lemanis will prepare for the tournament by taking his team on a tour of China which will no doubt provide vital in the men’s team’s preparation for the World University Games. “When you have a group that is this new, the most important thing is to take care of our business, get everybody on the same page and understand who we are. We can worry about the other teams once we get that under control.” The men will clash with Chinese Taipei on opening night on July 4, France the following night and then have a day off before games against Japan, Finland and Lithuania. Many of the selected athletes at these World University Games are likely to be in contention to represent Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. “The Australian Commonwealth Games Association has played a vital role in our preparation,” said Basketball Australia CEO, Anthony Moore. “Basketball Australia is grateful for the support of the ACGA Gold Coast Gold program. I look forward to continued progression of our athletes as they represent Australia on the world stage. The opportunity to represent your nation at a home Commonwealth Games is a great occasion to work towards.” The 2015 World University Games will begin on July 3 and run until July 14, information about the event can be found HERE. Men's World University Games Roster: Shaun Bruce (Central Queensland University) Mitchell Creek (University of South Australia) Deng Deng (Baylor University) Mirko Djeric (Australasian College of Natural Therapies) Nicholas Duncan (Boise State University) Hugh Greenwood (University of New Mexico) Peter Hooley (University of Albany) Mangok Mathiang (University of Louisville) Corey Maynard (Australasian College of Natural Therapies) Mitchell McCarron (Metropolitan State University of Denver) Keanu Pinder (Hutchinson Community College) Daniel Trist (Lafayettte College)
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