JOSH Giddey’s meteoric rise in basketball is set to add another chapter as he makes his Australian Boomers debut this week.
Giddey, who has been busy as of late with Australian Junior Championships success with the Victoria Under-20 Men as well as being selected to represent Australia at the NBA Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago, will be one of six new faces in the Boomers line-up.
The Australian Boomers will welcome six new faces for the opening window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers when they meet New Zealand (February 20) and Hong Kong (February 23) in Brisbane.
Illawarra Hawks’ Angus Glover, Sam Froling and Sunday Dech join South East Melbourne Phoenix pairing Kyle Adnam and Dane Pineau plus Centre of Excellence small forward Josh Giddey in being selected for the Asia Cup defending champions who will play both games at the newly opened Nissan Arena.
When announcing the 12-man roster, Sydney Kings head coach and interim Boomers coach for these qualifiers Will Weaver said; “We have selected twelve exceptional representatives for this qualifying window and looking forward to quickly coalescing into a team befitting the honour of representing Australia.
“The depth of talent in Australian basketball means these decisions are never easy but it is a great privilege to know the commitment of every player that made themselves available.”
Weaver will be supported on the coaching bench for these two games by Brisbane Bullets assistant coach CJ Bruton and Adam Caporn, head coach of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.
The games in Brisbane will mark the first time the Australian men’s national basketball team has played in Brisbane since 2012.
The Boomers are competing in Group C alongside Hong Kong, Guam and New Zealand, with each team playing a home and away game during the qualifying phase. The qualifiers will be played across three windows set for February 2020, November 2020 and February 2021, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the FIBA Asia Cup Finals in 2021.
Due to the timing of these games no American or European-based players were available for selection nor those contesting the 2019/20 NBL Finals.
The Australian Boomers team for the first window of 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers:
|Kyle Adnam||South East Melbourne Phoenix|
|Todd Blanchfield||Illawarra Hawks|
|Jason Cadee||Brisbane Bullets|
|Cameron Gliddon||Brisbane Bullets|
|Sunday Dech||Illawarra Hawks|
|Sam Froling||Illawarra Hawks|
|Josh Giddey||Centre of Excellence|
|Angus Glover||Illawarra Hawks|
|Daniel Grida||Illawarra Hawks|
|Matt Hodgson||Brisbane Bullets|
|Dane Pineau||South East Melbourne Phoenix|
|Nathan Sobey||Brisbane Bullets|
The Australian Boomers FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers Schedule:
20 February 2020: Australia vs New Zealand, Nissan Arena Brisbane, 6.30pm (local)
23 February 2020: Australia vs Hong Kong, Nissan Arena Brisbane, 12.30pm (local)
27 November 2020: Guam vs Australia, TBC
30 November 2020: New Zealand vs Australia, TBC
18 February 2021: Hong Kong v Australia, Hong Kong (TBC)
30 November 2021: Australia vs Guam, TBC