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Boomers name extended Olympic squad

  • Boomers name extended Olympic squad

    LSU star Ben Simmons has been named in an extended 26-man Boomers squad for the Rio Olympics.

NBA prospect Ben Simmons has been included in an extended Australian men's basketball squad for this year's Olympic Games in Rio, despite uncertainty about his availability.

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis on Monday named 26 players, including Simmons, seven NBA stars and 13 from the NBL, ahead of the team's one and only pre-Games camp in July.

Simmons, currently with Louisiana State University, is tipped to be the No.1 pick in the June NBA draft and it'll be up to his new team to decide whether to let him play in Rio.

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Lemanis' squad includes all 12 players who competed in the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand last year, headlined by Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, and Matthew Dellavedova.

Fellow NBA players Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum and Joe Ingles are also in the mix.

"It is a benefit to have a group that has spent time together both on and off the court," Lemanis said.

"That group went through a campaign together and a majority of that group also went to the world championships which will certainly help in our preparation.

"What we've done is ensured we have depth in all positions which will help us if injuries ever occur."

The squad will be cut to 16 for the selection camp from July 5-10, once the Boomers' commitments in the NBA and Europe finish.

"The time frame dictates that we can only have one camp but it is the way it has been for years so it's not unusual," added Lemanis.

"It's a case of the selection staff taking into account previous history with the Boomers, current form, injuries team balance and chemistry and putting all that together."

Boomers squad: David Andersen (ASVEL, France), Cameron Bairstow (Chicago Bulls), Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons), Todd Blanchfield (Melbourne United), Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Angus Brandt (Sydney Kings), Ryan Broekhoff (Lokomotiv Kuban, Russia), Mitchell Creek (Adelaide 36ers), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz), Adam Gibson (Adelaide 36ers), Cameron Gliddon (Cairns Taipans), Chris Goulding (Melbourne United), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Nathan Jawai (Perth Wildcats), Daniel Kickert (Melbourne United), Kevin Lisch (Illawarra Hawks), Aleks Maric (Buducnost Podgorica, Montenegro), Damian Martin (Perth Wildcats), Patrick Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Brock Motum (Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania), Brad Newley (Gran Canaria, Spain), Mitchell Norton (Townsville Crocodiles), Ben Simmons (LSU), Clint Steindl (Townsville Crocodiles), Lucas Walker (Adelaide 36ers).

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