EMERGING BOOMERS TEAM NAMED FOR 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

EMERGING BOOMERS TEAM NAMED FOR 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

With the 29th Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) two months away, the 12-man team for the Emerging Boomers has been announced.

Held in Taipei from August 20-29, the tournament reflects an Olympic atmosphere with as many as eight games played in a ten-day period while the athletes live in a village for the duration of the Games.

Following on from the women’s team announcement last month, the men’s team consists of players under the age of 25 and currently completing university studies.

Five players competing around Australia in Kyle Adnam, Matt Kenyon, Rhys Vague, Craig Moller and Tyrell Harrison will be joined by seven USA college athletes in Emmett Naar, Dejan Vasiljevic, Tanner Krebs, Jack McVeigh, Xavier Cooks, Duop Reath and Gorjok Gak.

“We’ve got 12 guys that are really excited about representing Australia,” said head coach Mark Radford.

“There’s a good mix of guys in the NBL whether they are contracted or are development players as well as guys that have chosen the US pathway.

“We have great balance across all positions as well as in athleticism, size and scoring ability.”

The Emerging Boomers have only medalled once at the World Uni Games, in 2013 when they won silver with a team including future Olympians Cameron Bairstow and Ryan Broekhoff.

“It’s great for the team to be put in an environment that is similar to the Olympics before they hopefully one day get to represent the Boomers,” said Radford.

“Living in the village, dealing with the distractions, functioning with other people and staying focused on what you are there to accomplish is a great launching pad moving forward.”

Australia have been drawn into Group D for the pool stage where they will take on Ukraine, Lithuania, Israel, Russia (2015’s bronze medallists) and Mozambique.

“We land in Tapiei on August 15 and will go straight to the village where we will then play three lead-in games and have a few training sessions before the first game,” said Radford.

“All the guys are excited about the opportunity and hopefully we can do our country proud.”

The 2017 Emerging Boomers Schedule for the 2017 World University Games (all times AEST):
August 20:
Australia vs. Ukraine at 2.30pm
August 21: Australia vs. Lithuania at 5.00pm
August 23: Australia vs. Israel at 5.00pm
August 24: Australia vs. Russia at 2.30pm
August 25: Australia vs. Mozambique at 12.00pm
August 27: Quarter-Finals
August 28: Semi-Finals
August 29: Bronze and Gold medal games

The 2017 Emerging Boomers Team for the 2017 World University Games:

NameAgeHome StateCollege/University
Kyle Adnam23VictoriaDeakin University
Emmett Naar23Australian Capital TerritorySt Mary’s College
Dejan Vasiljevic20VictoriaUniversity of Miami
Matthew Kenyon19QueenslandUniversity of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Tanner Krebs21TasmaniaSt Mary’s College
Xavier Cooks23New South WalesWinthrop University
Jack McVeigh21New South WalesUniversity of Nebraska
Rhys Vague22Western AustraliaEdith Cowan University
Craig Moller22VictoriaSydney University
Tyrell Harrison19QueenslandUniversity of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Duop Reath21Western AustraliaLouisiana State University
Gorjok Gak20New South WalesUniversity of Florida
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