CREEK READY TO SHOW OFF TO ADELAIDE IN BOOMERS COLOURS

CREEK READY TO SHOW OFF TO ADELAIDE IN BOOMERS COLOURS

Ahead of the first window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, Mitch Creek is ready to show off to Adelaide, replacing his usual 36ers colours with the green and gold of the Australian Boomers.

The road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China begins on November 24 when the Boomers head to Chinese Taipei before they return home to host Japan in Adelaide on November 27 to complete the first window of the qualifiers.

Purchase your tickets for that game at Titanium Security Arena here.

Fresh off a gold medal at the FIBA Asia Cup in his first stint with the Australian Boomers, Creek is aiming to lead his country to more success and is not bothered by the short turnaround once the NBL breaks this weekend.

“As Aussies, we’re built tough, we like to play consecutive games and the travel time is nothing new so I think we have an advantage over Chinese Taipei and Japan," Creek said.

As a member of the 36ers since 2010, Creek will also have a home court advantage and knows the Adelaide fans will be vocal.

“Getting to play in Australia in a World Cup qualifier is huge and the Boomers are going to get nothing but love from Adelaide."

Included in the Adelaide crowd will be a fair contingent of Creek's friends and family who will all be seeing him play in the green and gold in person for the first time.

“I think I’ll probably have family at the game that I didn’t even know I had," Creek said.

"My Mum, Dad, their partners, my girlfriend, my sister and her partner, maybe my step-sister from interstate, my best mates from Horsham and Geelong and my best friends from Adelaide will all be there.

"Playing in front of my family is going to be an emotional time for me but as long as I play hard I will be proud and I know the rest of the team feels the same way."

Creek is coming off a very impressive debut with the Boomers, scoring in double-figures in every game of the FIBA Asia Cup to pace Australia with 14.7 points per contest.

He had several highlight dunks which helped him shoot 68% from the field while his work at the defensive end was just as strong, averaging 1.8 steals.

“I just wanted to make my family proud, make Horsham proud and prove to myself that all the work I put in was worth it.

"After the first few games, my anxiety went down and I felt comfortable at that level and I played well.

"The whole tournament was a blast, I made a lot of new friends that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise and I’m really looking forward to playing under [coach] Andrej [Lemanis] again. It was by far the most memorable experience I’ve had on or off the court."

Playing for Australia fulfilled a lifelong goal for Creek and even months later, he still gets emotional when remembering the moment he was told he would be a Boomer.

“Sitting in the room with Andrej and assistant coaches Luc [Longley] and Will Weaver, I shook their hands and then I burst into tears. I still get teary thinking about it because it means so much to me.

"Knowing you are going to be a Boomer is a huge thing and then you get your jersey and go out there and listen to the anthem. It's just incredible."

Keen to replicate those feelings for as long as possible and become a permanent fixture of the national team, Creek is already preparing for the first window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, even during the NBL season.

“I’ve started watching tape of the games from the Asia Cup on a hard drive where I put all the footage.

"The style of game and terminology with the Boomers is different to the 36ers and that adjustment needs to happen quickly but if I watch enough film, I don’t have any concerns for the qualifiers."

Australia face Chinese Taipei on November 24 in the first game of their FIBA World Cup qualifiers before hosting Japan in Adelaide on November 27 to close out the first window.

Get your tickets for that game at Titanium Security Arena from 7pm here.

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