It is safe to say that this was not the Australian Boomers team of most of us.
The assumption that NBA players in the training squad have been locked is clearly out of the question, and Andrei Lemanis has chosen a squad with more NBL taste.
The likes of Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Delavevedova, Aaron Baynes and Andrew Bogut expectedly made the Boomers squad for the 2019 FIFA World Cup, while Jonah Bolden was also one of the selections, but the final list included a head with omissions the likes of Mitch Creek and Dan Adel.
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Crick's absence from the final squad was especially surprising given his stature in the NBL, as well as his improvement over the last 12 months. Brock Motum was another player who was dropped from the squad, though he represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Joining Ingles, Mills, Dellavedova, Baynes, Bogut and Bolden on the Boomers are Xavier Cooks, Cameron Glidon, Chris Golding, Nicholas Kay and Nathan Sobe, who have knowledge of selections foxsports.com.au,
Cooks, wing 68, was one of the later additions to the extended lineup, but Lemanis was a favorite of his days at AIS and had an impressive training camp. He will join Boldon as the only two Australians to make their Boomer debut.
It was NBL talent that helped Boomers qualify for the World Cup, and it looks like Lemannis rewarded them with a choice by choosing a pair of Brisbane Bullets guards Sobey and Gliddon – as well as Goulding and Kay.
Goulding was the grand finale of the NBL MVP in 2018, and was a member of the Boomers during the 2016 Olympics, while Kay was a member of the 2018 Community College Gold Medal Team.
Ben Simmons (professional duties), Thon Maker (NBA commitments), Ryan Broekhoff (birth of his baby) and Danté Exum (injury) were the four prominent players who retired from this World Cup campaign.
The Boomers are in Group H of the World Cup and will play Canada, Lithuania and Senegal in the first group stage. This will take place in Dongguan, with Australia's campaign ending with a weakened Canadian side on September 1st.
Before Lemanis's team heads to China, they will be in a series of warm-up games in Australia, starting with a pair of games against Canada in Perth; scheduled for August 16 and 17. The Boomers will then travel to Melbourne for two games against the United States, which will be played at Marvel Stadium on August 22-24.
AUSTRALIAN FIBA 2019 WORLD COUPLES
WORLD BOOM BUYERS (AEST)
September 1: Australia vs Canada @ 7:30 pm
September 3: Australia vs. Senegal @ 7:30 pm
September 5: Australia vs. Lithuania @ 7:30 pm
Boomers will know their opponents from the second phase after the first phase. The second phase will start on September 7 for Australia.
THE FULL SIZE OF INTERNATIONAL A basketball Games in AUSTRALIA
August 16: Australia vs. Canada @ RAC Arena, Perth
August 17: Australia vs. Canada @ RAC Arena, Perth
August 20: Canada vs. New Zealand @ Quaycentre, Sydney
August 21: Canada vs. New Zealand @ Quaycentre, Sydney
August 22: USA vs. Australia @ Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
August 24: USA vs. Australia @ Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
August 26: USA vs. Canada @ Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Olgun Uluk is a senior basketball reporter for Fox Sports Australia. Twitter: @OlgunUluc