Australia coach Brian Goorjian has cut back his Boomers squad to 19 players ahead of the team’s final training camp in the United States prior to departing for the Tokyo Olympics.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons headlines the squad and is joined by fellow NBA players Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Mathisse Thybulle, Josh Green, Matthew Dellavedova. Josh Giddey, who last month wrapped up his NBL season to concentrate on the NBA draft, has also been included.
The Boomers Olympic squad will be reduced to 12 after the training camp in early July, when they will then engage in an exhibition series with the U.S., Nigeria and Argentina in Las Vegas.
“Having so many talented players is fantastic but it will certainly make for a challenging selection process,” Goorjian said.
“The fact that a number of first-time aspiring Boomers are pushing for selection to the ultimate international stage is testimony to the great depth of talent in Australian basketball.
“It will be great to have the group together to push each other, the focus of our experienced Olympians has been unbelievable and we won’t shy away from the fact that we are chasing gold in Tokyo.”
19-man Boomers training squad:
Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff, Xavier Cooks, Mitchell Creek, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joshua Giddey, Christopher Goulding, Josh Green, Isaac Humphries, Joe Ingles, Nicholas Kay, Jock Landale, Patty Mills Brock Motum, Duop Reath, Ben Simmons, Nathan Sobey, Matisse Thybulle.