As expected, Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova will return to the green and gold, named in the Australian Boomers’ initial squad ahead of the 2019 Basketball World Cup.
Dellavedova appears alongside 17 of Australia’s best ballers, all of whom will be vying for a spot on the 12-man side that will jet off to China in September for the World Cup.
The final team will be selected closer to the date, but the Aussies are set to return to home soil for historical warm-up matches against Canada and USA basketball in Perth and Melbourne in August.
Dellavedova’s inclusion for the Boomers was predicted, despite concussion issues which saw him miss 17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ last NBA games for the season.
The World Cup roster will see the Boomers take on Canada, Senegal and Lithuania from September 1-5 and attempt to break a persistant medal drought.
Australia has competed in the most Olympic men’s basketball tournaments (14) without a medal and has also participated in 11 World Cups without a medal — the second most for any country.
Australia is in a fantastic position to quench this drought after a record year of representation in the NBA.
Within the squad, nine Australian NBA players have been listed, seven of which featured in the 2016 Rio Olympics side.
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