Basketball Australia have named a 24-man Boomers squad for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup qualification games.
The Boomers face New Zealand in Brisbane at Nissan Arena on February 20 before playing away to Hong Kong in their second game on February 23.
The squad is headlined by 2019 FIBA World Cup team members Chris Goulding, Mitch Creek, David Barlow, Cam Gliddon and Nathan Sobey alongside emerging NBL stars including Will Magnay, Kouat Noi and Sunday Dech.
Players from teams participating in the NBL Finals will not be named in the final Boomers team that take on New Zealand and travel to Hong Kong, with Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats players excluded from the squad given their current positions on the NBL ladder.
With Boomers head coach Brett Brown unavailable for the FIBA Asia Cup qualification games, Sydney Kings head coach Will Weaver will take on the lead coaching role joined by Brisbane Bullets assistant CJ Bruton and former NBL player Adam Caporn.
“We’re fortunate to have so many talented players eager to step up whenever they have the chance to represent Australia,” Weaver said.
“It’s always a tremendous honour to be part of the Boomers program and we are excited for this group to start the journey of qualifying for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup on home soil against New Zealand in Brisbane.”
The final team for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier will be announced ahead of the first game on Thursday February 20 at Nissan Arena in Brisbane.
Australian Boomers Squad for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers
Anthony Drmic – Adelaide 36ers
Harry Froling – Adelaide 636ers
Nathan Sobey – Brisbane Bullets
Cam Gliddon – Brisbane Bullets
Matt Hodgson – Brisbane Bullets
Jason Cadee – Brisbane Bullets
Will Magnay – Brisbane Bullets
Tamuri Wigness – Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Kouat Noi – Cairns Taipans
Mirko Djeric – Cairns Taipans
Josh Giddey – NBA Global Academy
Todd Blanchfield – Illawarra Hawks
Daniel Grida – Illawarra Hawks
Emmett Naar – Illawarra Hawks
Sunday Dech – Illawarra Hawks
Sam Froling – Illawarra Hawks
Angus Glover – Illawarra Hawks
Chris Goulding – Melbourne United
David Barlow – Melbourne United
Mitch McCarron – Melbourne United
Mitch Creek – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Dane Pineau – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Kyle Adnam – South East Melbourne Phoenix
Adam Gibson – South East Melbourne Phoenix