VICTORIA has led the way with 13 players named in the squads for the 2019 FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championships.
The Victorians included on the women’s side are Charlise Dunn, Keeley Evans, Leia Hanafin, Jade Melbourne, Gemma Potter, Paige Price, Olivia Pollerd and Emily Sewell. The men’s squad will feature another five Victorian athletes in Leyi Adebayo, Josh Giddey, Patrick Ryan, Zac Taylor and Paul Tsapatolis.
The athletes were chosen following outstanding performances at the 2019 Australian Under-18 Championships as well as their accomplishments in State Performance Program (SPP) events and Australian Development Camps.
Four Victorian men named in the squads were able to take home the gold at the Under-18 Championships, these being, Adebayo, Giddey, Taylor and Tsapatolis. Another five of our women featured in the Victorian gold medal side, those being Metro’s Hanafin, Evans, Dunn, Potter and Sewell.
Some highlighted performances from these athletes at the Under-18 Championships include a 31 point performance from Giddey in Vic Metro’s gold medal winning match. Dunn averaged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. Finally, Vic Country’s Melbourne captained the side to the bronze medal, and averaged 14 points per game throughout the tournament.
Our Victorians will also bring a wealth of international experience Dunn, Potter and Price having competed at last year’s FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships where Dunn and Price were named in the All-Star Five. Tsapatolis will also bring experience having represented Australia at the 2018 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championships.
The 43 total selected athletes will attend a three-day camp at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence from June 21-23, from which two teams of 12 will be selected to represent Australia. The team will compete in Noumea, New Caledonia between August 19-24, in hopes of finishing top two and qualifying for next year’s Under-18 Asian Championships, which will give them the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 Under-19 World Cup.