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16 January 2020
Horsham basketball star Mitch Creek has been selected to join fellow NBL stars David Barlow and Nathan Sobey in a 24-player Boomers squad alongside Chris Goulding and Cameron Gliddon FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in February.
Creek is starring for the Melbourne Phoenix and played in the Boomers team that finished fourth at the FIBA World Cup in September.
He is one of seven Victorians selected in the squad.
With Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown unavailable due to NBA commitments, Will Weaver will take on the role of head coach with Adam Caporn and CJ Bruton as his assistants.
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“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.
The team will play at home in the opening game against New Zealand on February 20 at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena. The Boomers will then be hosted by Hong Kong on February 23.
The Australian Boomers Squad:
*Victorian players in bold
|Anthony Drmic||Adelaide 36ers|
|Harry Froling||Adelaide 36ers|
|Nathan Sobey||Brisbane Bullets|
|Cameron Gliddon||Brisbane Bullets|
|Matthew Hodgson||Brisbane Bullets|
|Jason Cadee||Brisbane Bullets|
|Will Magnay||Brisbane Bullets|
|Tamuri Wigness||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|