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2023 Boomers squad
- Xavier Cooks
- Dyson Daniels
- Dante Exum
- Josh Giddey
- Chris Goulding
- Josh Green
- Joe Ingles
- Nick Kay
- Patty Mills
- Duop Reath
- Matisse Thybulle
- Jack White
5 September, 2023
Australia has wrapped up its 2023 FIBA Men's World Cup campaign in 10th place overall, with focus firmly now set on next year's Paris Olympic Games. The Boomers qualified for Paris after finishing above New Zealand at the World Cup to secure the Oceania quota spot. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Boomers finished with their first-ever medal, taking home the bronze.
Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven today reconfirmed Brian Goorjian as Head Coach of the Boomers at the Paris Olympics.
“Brian is one of the country's most respected and qualified coaches, he is contracted until Paris and our support of him is unwavering,” Scriven said, “he will be at the helm of the Boomers.”
“The result at this World Cup is disappointing and we will take the learnings, rebuild and focus on a podium finish in Paris. We understand our fans are disappointed with 10th place, as are we. The players, coaching and support staff feel the loss deeply,” he said.
“It's how we rebound from this that's important.”
“A full review will be undertaken on every element of this campaign; we won't shy away from making the changes necessary across the program where they're needed,” Scriven said.
“We are all here for the long haul, you take the losses with the wins, you reassess and move on. The Paris Olympics are just ten months away, so we have a lot of work to do in a short period of time and we have the commitment from the players, coaches and support staff to do that.”
Australia opened its World Cup campaign with a decisive win over Finland (98-72) before going down to Germany (82-85). They finished the first group phase with victory over Japan (109-89) but the Germany loss resulted in a must-win scenario against Slovenia. The Boomers went down (80-91) taking any chance of a medal off the table but finished on a positive note with a win (100-84) over Georgia in the classification game.
Highlights for Australia included the debut of Josh Giddey, the 20-year-old becoming the youngest-ever player to lead the scoring for his country at the World Cup with 97 points in total. Giddey averaged 19.4 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists across Australia's World Cup Games, including a game-high 26 points against Japan.
Brian Goorjian will return to Melbourne to start preparations for Paris.
“There is no doubt we'll have to make some tough decisions around selections but when the time is right, we'll commence discussions with players around their availability and willingness to represent the green and gold,” said Goorjian.
3 September, 2023
Australia has finished its FIBA World Cup campaign on a high, defeating Georgia in Okinawa, Japan on Sunday evening.
The Boomers put the disappointment of Friday night's loss to Slovenia - which eliminated them from the medal race - behind them to win their final game, 100-84.
Australia produced its best three-point shooting display (14 triples) of the World Cup to finish the tournament with a 3-2 record and qualification for next year's Olympics.
In his first major tournament, 20-year-old Josh Giddey averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds and became the youngest-ever leading scorer for Australia in basketball history.
It was Giddey (15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 rebounds) who quickly got to work for the Boomers scoring the first four points of the game as Australia went 4-of-8 from the three on the way to establishing a 23-17 first-quarter buffer.
A scoring flurry extended the margin while Australia was also the beneficiary of three first-half technical fouls on Georgia but it was a 13-point second quarter from Patty Mills which gave the Boomers full control at the long break having posted their second highest first half (54 points) of the tournament.
After 11 first-half turnovers, Australia cleaned up its ball use in the third quarter before Georgia launched a comeback, inspired by Goga Bitadze and Thaddus McFadden, getting within 11 of the opposition.
The Boomers led 79-67 at three-quarter time and consolidated to power home to their third victory in Japan.
Co-captain Mills, who top scored with 19 points in the final game, said the Boomers the team was looking ahead to Paris 2024.
“It's definitely a disappointing result for a major tournament from our part but it was important to us as a playing group that we came out and finished this thing right, finished with a win,” he said.
“The positive for us is we've got the Olympics 10 months away and for us to keep building what we've started from a foundation point six weeks ago into a very strong Olympics. You haven't seen the best of us, we'll get away from this now and get back together soon and Paris Olympics is what our goal is.”
Dante Exum (with his highest-ever World Cup output of 18 points), Duop Reath (16 points his best performance of the tournament) and co-captain Joe Ingles (10 points) joined Mills and Giddey in double figures.
Australia 100 (Mills 19, Exum 18) defeated Georgia 84 (Bitadze 20, McFadden 18)
August 29, 2023
A clinical Australia overcame host nation Japan to advance to the second round of the FIBA World Cup in Okinawa on Tuesday night.
The Boomers produced their highest ever score at a World Cup as they prevailed 109-89 to finish their Group E pool games with a 2-1 record.
Australia is now set to play Slovenia first up in the next cross-over phase of the tournament on Friday, that game a replay of the bronze medal game from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Packing a punch off the bench, Xavier Cooks (24 points, 16 rebounds including 10 offensive) produced a career-best performance at international level and became the first Australian player to register a double-double at the tournament.
In its third and final group game, Australia needed a strong start and produced one, scoring the first four points building to an early double-digit advantage.
Josh Green moved into the starting five and it paid early dividends with 10 first-half points, a handful of deflections and an injection of energy.
A 32-18 run in the second quarter powered the Boomers to their highest first half (57) of the tournament and a 22-point buffer at the major break.
A powerful presence inside and the ascendancy in both the rebound and assist counts had the Boomers on top in front of a vocal Japanese home crowd.
The teams traded triples through an entertaining stretch in the third term, with Japan piling on 33 points for the quarter, two less than they tallied in the first half.
Japan reduced a 27-point margin to 17, and persisted late, but was unable to get the deficit under double figures.
Josh Giddey continued his top form at his first senior World Cup with 26 points and 11 assists to produce a double-double of his own, Green (15 points) added a spark while Nick Kay (13 points) capitalised on Japan's lack of size.
Giddey says the Boomers have remained confident.
"The team is in great spirits obviously, not the way we wanted to go with 2 and 1 in the group stage but I think the way we bounced back today gave us momentum to move into the next stage," he said.
Head coach Brian Goorjian said the team's first half against Japan is the blueprint for success.
"It's interesting you get in a game like that - and I've talked a lot about the change from the experience that we had at the last Olympics - we're going through an evolution," said Goorjian.
"Some guys get moved in, and three big pieces tonight were Josh Giddey, Josh Green and Xavier Cooks. Those three guys make this really exciting, not only for tonight, but for the future."
August 25, 2023
Australia fought back from a first-half deficit to open its FIBA Men's World Cup campaign with a commanding 98-72 win on Friday night in Okinawa, Japan.
The Boomers trailed by 8 points before lifting their defence and going on a 17-4 run to establish a 5-point half time lead.
Australia took control of the game in the third quarter, putting the defensive clamps on the Finnish opposition, restricting them to 14 points, while dominating on the offensive end.
Co-Captain Patty Mills scored the opening points of the game and compiled a stat line of a game-high 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.
Josh Giddey, on major international tournament debut, continued his strong warm-up game form coming close to a triple-double finishing with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Every Boomer hit the court with 10 players contributing to the score sheet.
The long-range shooting of co-captain Joe Ingles (13 points) kept Australia in the contest in the first half, Dante Exum (10 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds) influenced the third quarter while Duop Reath, Jack White and Xavier Cooks all provided valuable minutes at both ends.
Giddey said Australia showed promising signs in its fightback.
“It was a great start to the tournament for us, a good win and we've got to back it up now in two nights,” Giddey said.
“We started slow and not the way we wanted to, credit to Finland they came out ready to play more than we did and got out to an early jump. I think in that second quarter when Gorj (Australian coach Brian Goorjian) called that time out about half way through that's when the tide really turned, we picked it up defensively, took care of the ball a little bit better and went on that run.
“Start of the third quarter was really good to stretch that lead open and then we blew the game open.”
The Boomers next game is against Germany on Sunday night at 6.30pm AEST.
August 23, 2023
The 12-man Australian Boomers team to contest the 2023 FIBA Men's World Cup has been confirmed ahead of their opening Group E game against Finland on Friday.
The Boomers will be co-captained by Patty Mills, playing his third FIBA World Cup, and Joe Ingles, who heads into his fourth campaign. Nine NBA players suit up in the green and gold, with head coach Brian Goorjian at the helm of the Boomers having taken Australia to three Olympic Games, including the landmark bronze medal in Tokyo.
Coaching at his second FIBA World Cup, Goorjian says he is excited about the mix of talent in the team.
“We're looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Goorjian said. “We've introduced some exciting new prospects into the group and developed a style of play both offensively and defensively that we'll take into the tournament.”
“It's clearly a tough tournament, but we're confident in our blueprint on what we need to do to win gold.”
Co-Captains Mills and Ingles say the team is focused on a common goal.
“It's been an incredible campaign up to this point, as a team we have been able to do great things while training in Cairns and playing practice games in Melbourne, Tokyo and Okinawa.
We have a great group of extremely talented players who have been working hard both on and off the court. We all share a common goal and that is to bring home the gold.”
“We are excited to go up against the best in the world and represent Australia.”
Following the historic bronze in Tokyo, the Boomers are aiming to claim their first medal at a FIBA World Cup. Eight players (Mills, Ingles, Thybulle, Exum, Green, Kay, Goulding, Reath) will back up from that Olympic team, while 20-year-old Josh Giddey leads a group of young guns, including Josh Green and Dyson Daniels.
Australia is currently ranked third in the world behind Spain and the USA, with the FIBA World Cup representing a key opportunity for the Boomers to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The top-finishing team from Oceania will qualify for Paris, Australia needing to finish higher than New Zealand to earn the quota spot.
The Boomers are coming off wins in practice games in Japan against France (78-74) and Georgia (86-81) and have been drawn to play Finland, Germany, and Japan in the first round of the Group Phase in Okinawa, Japan.
The FIBA World Cup will be held from August 25 to 10 September, with 32 teams spread across three host countries – the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, with the finals phase to be held in Manila from September 5.
August 9, 2023
The Boomers have announced a thirteen (13) man squad that will head to Melbourne to play in the warm-up matches before the FIBA World Cup.
The Boomers have completed their camp in Cairns with a game against the University of Houston.
The players not going through to Melbourne are Matthew Dellavedova and Will McDowell-White.
Matthew Dellavedova a three-time Olympian and two-time FIBA World Cup representative is a mainstay of the Boomers program and an integral leader on and off the court. Dellavedova was a member of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medal winning team and captain of the qualifying window in Melbourne last June at John Cain Arena in front of a home crowd.
Will McDowell-White is a young talent in Australian basketball who has been instrumental in his role in the qualifiers and a member of the gold medal winning Asia Cup team in 2022.
*Jock Landale is currently injured with a rolled ankle and will likely miss the much-anticipated games in Melbourne but is expected to make a full recovery and head to Japan.
The three warm-up games against Venezuela, Brazil and South Sudan are in Melbourne on August 14, 16 and 17.
August 6, 2023
The Boomers have reduced their squad from eighteen (18) down to fifteen (15) for their assault on the FIBA World Cup later this month.
The fifteen (15) man squad will now stay in camp in Cairns until Wednesday before heading to Melbourne for the warm-up games, twelve players will be chosen from the squad to represent at the FIBA World Cup.
The players not going through to Melbourne are Sam Froling, Thon Maker and Keanu Pinder.
Brian Goorjian is full of praise for each squad member and has reiterated that this is the hardest selection in his time as Boomers Head Coach.
“This is an elite squad with so much talent, there is no easy way to make cuts, but the reality is that we only get to take 12 into Okinawa. Would I take all of these players if I could? Absolutely, but that's the hardest part of sport, you have to make the cuts, we have to keep moving forward.” said Goorjian.
“I have the utmost respect for Sam, Thon and Keanu and their contribution here in Cairns, their work rate has been exceptional. On and off court they have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism. They are the best in the field for a reason and of course I'm disappointed that they can't come through with us, but they all respect the process and came into the camp understanding what we are all here to achieve.”
The selected players will compete in the three warm-up games against Venezuela, Brazil and South Sudan in Melbourne on August 14, 16 and 17.