Australian U17 FIBA World Championship squads announced

Ezi Magbegor and Jasmine Simmons | Credit: Basketball Australa

With the Australian U18 Championships wrapping up last week, Basketball Australia has announced the men’s and women’s squads for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain.

The men’s squad has been narrowed down to 16, while 17 players have been named for the women’s squad. Both teams will go through a training camp at the Basketball Centre of Excellence at the AIS in the coming weeks, as both squads need to be cut down to 12 before the World Championships tip-off on 2 June.


Men

Nick  Stoddart | Credit: Basketball Australia

Nick Stoddart | Credit: Basketball Australia

Headlining the men’s squad will be Samson Froling, who already has college programs in America salivating over his potential. Joining Froling will be Kyle Bowden, who was the top scorer at the U18 Championships, and three players from the grand final-winning Victoria Metro team in Patrick Bines, Mate Colina and Sean Macdonald.

Here is the full list of the men’s squad:

Name State
Lachlan Dent NSW Country
Kyle Zunic NSW Country
Dragan Elkaz NSW Metro
Ben Fakira NSW Metro
Jason Gregg NSW Metro
Samson Froling QLD North
Kody Stattmann QLD North
Callum Dalton QLD South
Tom Fullarton QLD South
Nicholas Stoddart QLD South
Alexander Mudronja SA Metro
Matthew Johns VIC Country
Patrick Bines VIC Metro
Mate Colina VIC Metro
Sean Macdonald VIC Metro
Kyle Bowen WA Metro

“I am very excited about the camp this weekend and selecting the team,” men’s coach Mark Watkins said in a press release.

“This will be a young group who will play an exciting style of play up the floor and use their energy and effort to disrupt the opposition. There will be plenty of depth in each position and players can be moved around if need be. From what I saw at the U18 Nationals, this group will play very hard and have many leaders who will lead in different ways.”

The U17 Championships have been rather kind to the Aussies in recent history, despite still being without a gold medal. It was the breakout stage for Dante Exum back in 2012 where the Australians won a silver medal.

In 2014, the Aussies once again won silver, pushing the USA all the way in a memorable grand final, where a late Australian run ultimately fell short. However, a pair of Aussies in Isaac Humphries, who is now at Kentucky, and Dejan Vasiljevic, who has committed to the University of Miami, broke out at those championships.

They’ll look to go one step further this year.


Women

Ezi Magbegor and Jasmine Simmons | Credit: Basketball Australa

Ezi Magbegor and Jasmine Simmons | Credit: Basketball Australa

For the women, Jasmine Simmons and Samantha Simons headline the team, while four members of the 2016 U18 Australian Championship-winning Vic Metro team earned spots in the extended squad. Monique Conti, Lucy Cochrane, Eziyoda Magbegor and Kiera Rowe will be the title-winning Vics in the squad, while another Metro product, Rebecca Pizzey, was also named.

Here is the full list for the women:

Name State
Isabelle Bourne ACT
Cassidy McLean NSW Country
Lara McSpadden NSW Country
Jasmine Simmons NSW Country
Abby Cubillo NT
Shyla Heal QLD South
Miela Goodchild QLD South
Darcy Rees SA Metro
Samantha Simons SA Metro
Taylor Mole TAS
Chelsea D’Angelo VIC Country
Jazmin Shelley VIC Country
Monique Conti VIC Metro
Lucy Cochrane VIC Metro
Eziyoda Magbegor VIC Metro
Rebecca Pizzey VIC Metro
Kiera Rowe VIC Metro
Emma Clarke WA Metro
Injury Reserve
Ula Motuga QLD South

“I am really excited about the group we have put together, we have selected a very athletic & talented squad and I am sure the selection camp is going to be extremely competitive,” women’s coach Shannon Seebohm said in a press release.

“We want to play an aggressive style of basketball on both ends of the floor and I am confident that this group can do that at a high level.”

The women have had inconsistent showings in the three editions of the U17 World Championships.

In 2010, Australia finished seventh, before rising all the way to a second-place finish in 2012. However, they took a step back in 2014, finishing in fifth position.

They’ll look for more consistency this time around.

The 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships will run from the 22 June until 3 July, in Zaragoza, Spain.


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