Boomers Announce 12-Man FIBA World Cup Team

Basketball Australia has announced the Boomers 12-man team who will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the two pre-World Cup matches against USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium this August.

The team features two players who are set to make their national team debuts. Jonah Bolden and Xavier Cooks have been selected for the first time after impressing at the Boomers’ selection camp.

Bolden is fresh off completing his first season in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, and will don the Australian jersey for the first time since the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championships.

Meanwhile, Wollongong native Cooks will make also his debut for the Boomers in China. Cooks enjoyed a stellar season in Germany with Oliver Wurzburg before embarking on an NBA Summer League campaign with the Phoenix Suns.

Joining Bolden and Cooks as fresh faces in the team is Jock Landale, who made his Boomers debut in February during the final FIBA World Cup qualifying window. Landale is currently signed to Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas, while he also starred for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League.

Six members of the 2016 Olympic team will return, with Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles and Patrick Mills taking their places in the Boomers team.

With five NBL players in the team, Rio Olympians Bogut and Goulding will suit up alongside Cameron Gliddon, Nicholas Kay and Nathan Sobey. The latter three will all play in their first major international tournament after playing key roles in helping the Boomers qualify for the World Cup.

 

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS FOR THE 2019 FIBA WORLD CUP:

Aron Baynes

Andrew Bogut

Jonah Bolden

Xavier Cooks

Matthew Dellavedova

Cameron Gliddon

Chris Goulding

Joe Ingles

Nicholas Kay

Jock Landale

Patty Mills

Nathan Sobey