The Boomers’ 17-player roster for the FIBA World Cup was announced.
With the Boomers squad announced for the @FIBAWC, make sure you have your tickets for the exhibition games in Perth at @RACArena & @Melbourne at @marvelstadiumau! #GoBoomers #VisitVictoria #VisitMelbourne
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) 23 maggio 2019
Ben Simmons leads the group, with many NBA players involved such as Dellavedova, Mills, Bogut, Baynes and Ingles.
Joe Ingles said in a press conference: “Since I’ve been involved I feel like we’ve got better and stronger as we’ve progressed through the last few Olympics and world championships,” Ingles said. “This is such an exciting group and we’re confident we can do something special and bring a gold medal home and be the first team to do that.”
Boomers assistant coach Adam Caporn, who will work alongside Andrej Lemanis at the World Cup in China later this year, says having Simmons in the team is a huge morale boost for all the players and coaching staff.
“It was a great day [when Simmons committed],” Caporn said. “Amazing. We’re very, very excited. The way Ben plays will fit seamlessly into what the Boomers do. I think we’re all really excited about the squad now.
This squad announcement is an exciting step for the Boomers as well as basketball in Australia as we get closer to the four historic warm-up games in Perth and Melbourne,” said Basketball Australia CEO, Jerril Rechter
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula was also thrilled for the two games in Melbourne this August between the Boomers and USA Basketball.
“Our calendar of major events is worth $1.8 billion to the economy every year and attractions such as the Boomers vs. USA Basketball blockbusters help to keep Victoria ahead of the pack, he said. The prospect of watching Ben Simmons and his Australian mates take on the giants of USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium has captivated fans around the country.”