Sporting a squad of emerging Boomers talent, including rising stars Cameron Bairstow, Ryan Broekhoff and Igor Hadziomerovic, Head Coach Andrej Lemanis has assembled an exciting team that will provide a look into the bright future of the men’s national team program.
Australia boasts a long association with the Stankovic Cup since 2005, claiming the bronze medal at the first event, before going on to win medals at four of the past five tournaments – including gold in 2009 and silver in 2012.
This year’s tournament will see the Australians play five games in six days, tipping off tonight against Argentina before games in consecutive days against China, Puerto Rico and Germany.
A rest day follows before closing out the tournament on Tuesday against Nigeria and heading Russia ahead of their opening WUG fixture against the Czech Republic on July 7.
The likes of Bairstow, Hadziomerovic, Jason Cadee, Andrija Dumovic, Cody Ellis, Clint Stiendl, Mitch Young, Mitch Norton and Owen Odigie have worked with the Boomers Head Coach during the recent Sino-Australia Challenge against China.
The tournament – named after long-time FIBA General Secretary Borislav Stankovic – brings together teams from all over the world in senior competition.
Australian Boomers 2013 Stankovic Continental Cup Schedule
Thursday 27 June: Australia v Argentina 23:30 (AEST)
Friday 28 June: Australia v China 21:30
Saturday 29 June: Australia v Puerto Rico 18:30
Sunday 30 June: Australia v Germany 23:30
Monday 2 July: Australia v Nigeria 18:30
Australian Boomers 2013 Stankovic Continental Cup Team
Matthew Andronicos / 208cm / Forward-Centre / 24 December 1991 / Cairns Taipans (NBL)
Cameron Bairstow / 206cm / Forward / 7 Dec 1990 / University of New Mexico (USA)
Todd Blanchfield / 200cm / Guard-Forward / 11 July 1991 / Townsville Crocodiles (NBL)
Ryan Broekhoff / 201cm / Guard-Forward / 23 August 1990 / Valparaiso University (USA)
Jason Cadee / 186cm / Guard / 15 Apr 1991 / Adelaide 36ers (NBL)
Andrija Dumovic / 208cm / Forward-Centre / 18 Apr 1993 / BA National Centre of Excellence
Cody Ellis / 203cm / Forward / 24 Apr 1990 / Saint Louis University (USA)
Igor Hadziomerovic / 193cm / Guard / 1 January 1992 / Boise State University (USA)
Mitchell Norton / 180cm / Guard / 1 Apr 1993 / Townsville Crocodiles (NBL)
Owen Odigie / 196cm / Guard-Forward / 18 Jan 1993 / Melbourne Tigers (NBL)
Clinton Steindl / 201cm / Guard-Forward / 15 Mar 1989 / Cairns Taipans (NBL)
Mitchell Young / 206cm / Forward / 6 Aug 1990 / Cairns Taipans (NBL)