It sounds like the Boomers' roster will be changing once more, as the clock ticks towards commencement of the FIBA 2019 World Cup. According to Fox Sports Australia's Olgun Uluc, swingman Xavier Cooks has suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during the Boomers' training camp.
Update: Cooks left the Bendat Basketball Centre, the Boomers' current training facility in crutches, with a left knee brace.
“We knew he was doing well in Europe, but how does that translate when you see people up close and on court, with the ability to coach them and impact the game?" Boomers head coach, Andrej Lemanis shared earlier. "All of us as a coaching staff, like, Xav’s damn good. He helps us in ways, just his length, his ability to defend, and certainly wanna play both sides of the ball. That’s something that’s really important to us.
“His ability to help us there, rebound, push it, he knocks down corner threes, and I just think he’s got some versatility and size and length that’s really gonna be an asset to the team.”
It's unclear who the replacement will be right now, but will likely be one of the three big names cut earlier: Brock Motum, Mitch Creek and Deng Adel.
It will be hard for the team to replace the multi-positional versatility Cooks brings, but Creek and Motum's experience in the Boomers' system will likely put them in a more favourable position as the next man up.