Getty Images: Delly will take on a key role for the Boomers in their hopes to qualify for Rio.
Today Basketball Australia announced their 12-man Boomers squad for their upcoming tour of Europe and FIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifier Series against New Zealand.
The squad is: David Andersen (ASVEL Basket), Cameron Bairstow (Chicago Bulls), Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Ryan Broekhoff (Denver Nuggets Summer League), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz), Adam Gibson (Adelaide 36ers), Chris Goulding (Melbourne United), Nathan Jawai (MoraBanc Andorra), Damian Martin (Perth Wildcats), Brock Motum (Utah Jazz Summer League) and Brad Newley (Gran Canaria).
Notable omissions from the squad are: Joe Ingles who earlier this year declared his non-availability due to his upcoming wedding and also some much needed rest, Aron Baynes who is recovering from off-season ankle surgery and Patrick Mills who continues to have specialised rehab and training, to regain full health with his shoulder that plagued him over the past 12 months.
“We are obviously disappointed that Patty can’t join us on the European Tour, and as a result, has been omitted from the team for this campaign, but we understand and respect his position,” said head coach Andrej Lemanis.
“As difficult as it is for us to leave Patty out of the team, at the start of our planning for this Rio qualification, the coaching staff agreed that it is vital that we undertake preparations for the Oceania Championships as a team to better understand how, as a group, we can embark on a successful campaign in Rio. The tour to Europe, playing against quality opposition, is critical in our preparations to beat New Zealand in August.
“Patty has a proud and passionate commitment to the Australian Boomers and I’m looking forward to working with him, Joe and Aron in our determined push for a long-awaited medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.”
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play for the Boomers this off-season” Baynes told Believe the Hype.
“There’s so many great other Australian players that it’s not fair for me to try and go in there and not be 100%. That’s why it’s a great opportunity for the other guys… I’m looking more long term ahead to Rio and there’s a strong possibility that we will qualify.
“I’ll be a fan for the Australian National Team this season. Hopefully I can still be a part of the team (travel to Melbourne and Wellington) and hang out with the guys.”
The Boomers upcoming schedule is:
July 29 v Lithuania – Klaipeda
July 31 v Lithuania – Siauliai
August 3 v Slovenia – Ljubljana
August 4 v Slovenia – Ljubljana
August 15 v New Zealand – Melbourne
August 18 v New Zealand – Wellington