Matthew Dellavedova will be Boomer, the only Olympic bronze medalist suitable for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against China and Japan, with the Australian NBA star skipping the tournament.
even during the off season Players, including inspirational captain Patty Mills, have delayed duties at Dellavedova and former NBA player Thon Maker for all six matches starting June 30, as Boomers return to the field for the first time. since their history show in tokyo
Dellavedova and Maker also played together at the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016/17.
“I’m thrilled to be able to pull off the green and gold on home soil for three home games in Melbourne,” said Delavedova, who worked in the United States during the NBL’s off-season following Mel’s season over. Bern United in semifinals
“The game will be difficult and competitive. Can’t wait to start.”
United team-mate Jack White has been called up to the Boomers for the first time, having previously played for Australia at the Under-17 and Under-19 World Cup.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent Boomers ever since I started playing basketball seriously,” White said.
“I have been fortunate to represent Australia three times at junior and university level. There is nothing close to the feeling of wearing green and gold and playing for your country.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to represent Boomers at this event, especially in my hometown, in front of our Australian fans, friends and family and I know it will be a special moment I will never forget.”
Boomers coach Brian Goorjian says Maker’s presence will give his side the best chance of securing their place at the upcoming World Cup.
“I’m really excited about the profound talent of basketball in Australia. We have compiled a list of competitive players. With six players playing Boomers for the first time, we know what China and Japan will bring to the table. And what must be done to win,” Goorjian said.
“We can expect the 7-foot tall Thon Maker to be a key asset for us, alongside Delly, White and (Sam) Froling, there are a lot to like in this segment.
“We didn’t have much time to practice together. but we will do our best I know the fans at home will give us an advantage.”
Australian Boomers: Matthew Dellavedova (Melbourne United), Mitch McCarron (Adelaide 36ers), Will McDowell-White (NZ Breakers), Sam McDaniel (Tasmania JackJumpers), Wani Swaka Lo Buluk (Illawarra Hawks), Todd Blachfield (Perth. Wildcats), Clint Steindl (Tasmania JackJumpers), Jack White (Melbourne United), Jack McVeigh (Tasmania JackJumpers), Keanu Pinder (Cairns Taipans), Thon Maker (G League), Sam Froling (Illawarra Hawks).
FIBA WORLD CUP Qualifier Schedule:
Thursday 30 June Australia meets China 6:30 p.m. AEST
Friday July 1, China v Taipei 5pm AEST
Friday July 1, Japan vs Australia 7:30 p.m. AEST
Sunday, July 3, Japan v Taipei, 4 p.m. AEST
Sunday July 3, China v Australia, 6:30 p.m. AEST
Monday, July 4, Chinese Taipei v China, 6:30 p.m. AEST.