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:

Name Age Home State College/University
Kyle Adnam 23 Victoria Deakin University
Emmett Naar 23 Australian Capital Territory St Mary’s College
Dejan Vasiljevic 20 Victoria University of Miami
Matthew Kenyon 19 Queensland University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Tanner Krebs 21 Tasmania St Mary’s College
Xavier Cooks 23 New South Wales Winthrop University
Jack McVeigh 21 New South Wales University of Nebraska
Rhys Vague 22 Western Australia Edith Cowan University
Craig Moller 22 Victoria Sydney University
Tyrell Harrison 19 Queensland University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Duop Reath 21 Western Australia Louisiana State University
Gorjok Gak 20 New South Wales University of Florida
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