Hungry Jack's NBL
Reduced Boomers Squad Named for Tokyo
Basketball Australia has named a reduced 19-man squad ahead of a selection camp and exhibition games in the USA later this month in the lead up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Eight NBL players have been named with Ryan Broekhoff, Xavier Cooks, Mitch Creek, Josh Giddey, Chris Goulding, Isaac Humphries, Jock Landale and Nathan Sobey included.
They join an NBA contingent of players including Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Josh Green, Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle.
The squad is capped off by European based players Nick Kay, Brock Motum and Duop Reath.
A final team of 12 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 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.
Reduced 19-Man Boomers Squad
Aron Baynes (Toronto Raptors)
Ryan Broekhoff (South East Melbourne Phoenix)
Xavier Cooks (Sydney Kings)
Mitch Creek (South East Melbourne Phoenix)
Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Dante Exum (Houston Rockets)
Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers)
Chris Goulding (Melbourne United)
Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks)
Isaac Humphries (Adelaide 36ers)
Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz)
Nick Kay (Real Betis, Spain)
Jock Landale (Melbourne United)
Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs)
Brock Motum (Nanterre, France)
Duop Reath (Crvena zvezda, Serbia)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Nathan Sobey (Brisbane Bullets)
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers)