Mitch Creek and Jock Landale, fresh off their stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks NBA Summer League teams respectively, have been named to the Boomers team for the next round of FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.
The squad is set to start this round with an away day in Qatar on 13th September, before returning home to face Kazakhstan in Bendigo on 17th September.
#FIBAWC | The squad of 24 for the @FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Fourth Window has been announced, and it includes some new young-guns!
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— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) July 31, 2018
Landale, who recently signed a 2-year deal to play for Partizan Belgrade of the ABA League, will be accompanied by fellow first-timer, Josh Green. Having these two young guns, both on the fringes of the NBA scene in their own ways, will inject the team with fresh energy as they seek to improve on their 5-1 record and to move on from the incident in Manila.
Unlike the last squad, which had Milwaukee Bucks teammates Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker, this roster doesn’t contain anyone who’s on a guaranteed NBA contract. That said, with Creek recently linking up with the Brooklyn Nets (with a chance to make the full roster), and the return of ex-Chicago Bulls forward Cameron Bairstow, this is still a team brimming with top talent.
Instead of a camp on home soil before flying to Qatar, the team plans to touch down a week before the game, getting used to the foreign climes in preparation for the game.
“We are obviously pleased to have completed stage one of qualifying on top of our group – this puts us in a strong position as we now enter stage two of the qualifying process,” said Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis.
“The challenge continues and we all look forward to continuing to work together and grow as a team.”
Australian Boomers for the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Fourth Window
*Ineligible for game one
FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifying Schedule and Results
24 November 2017: Chinese Taipei 66 def by Boomers 104
27 November 2017: Boomers 82 def Japan 58
22 February 2018: Boomers 84 def Philippines 68
25 February 2018: Boomers 88 def Chinese Taipei 68
29 June 2018: Japan 79 def Boomers 78
2 July 2018: Philippines 53 def by Boomers 89
13 September 2018: Qatar vs Boomers
17 September 2018: Boomers vs Kazakhstan