15/04/2024

The Boomers will host three matches at Rod Laver Arena between August 14-17. (Photo: Basketball Australia)

For the first time since 2015, the Australian Boomers will play at Rod Laver Arena when they host three FIBA World Cup warmup games this August.

The matches will headline a Boomers v World event that will take place over three nights, featuring a round-robin tournament involving Brazil, Venezuela, and South Sudan.

Coach Brian Goorjian is excited to present a quality outfit to the rest of Australia on home soil.

“To get three games [in Melbourne] before we go [to the FIBA World Cup] is really exciting,” Goorjian said.

“I don’t think we have had a team of this quality play at home for a long, long time.”

The extended 18-man squad announced last week features 10 NBA players, including the likes of Oklahoma City point guard Josh Giddey and Brooklyn Nets veteran Patty Mills. Goorjian believes that the squad jetting off to Asia could become the best to put on a Boomers uniform.

“This may be the best group of players ever assembled by Australia. [It’s a] Really exciting time for basketball,” Goorjian said.

“I think the important thing with the national program is consistency and the team now has been pretty good over a number of years.

“[When you] breakthrough, you’re more poised to take that next step and I think we’ve got enough guys back and enough youth coming in to really challenge.”

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One player fighting for a spot in the 12 is New Orleans Pelicans rookie Dyson Daniels. The eighth selection in the 2022 NBA Draft said that he will use what he has learnt in the NBA to cement a spot.

“There’s a lot of learning I can take from my first year and implement it into my offseason training and Boomers camp,” Daniels said.

“They are coming off a [bronze] medal at the Olympics, and it is going to be tough to take their positions, but I’m going to be out there, doing my best and pushing them.”

The Boomers play the first of their matches at Rod Laver Arena on Monday, August 14 when they take on Venezuela, before doing battle against Brazil on August 16 and South Sudan on August 17.

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