Bendigo's Dyson Daniels has taken another major step in his basketball career after he was named in the Boomers' squad to play the New Zealand Tall Blacks later this month.
With Australia's NBA and NBL talent unavailable for the Asia Cup qualifier in Carins on February 20, selectors turned to some of the most exciting young players in the country to take on the Kiwis.
Daniels, who on Tuesday was named in the Emus' training squad for the under-19 World Cup, earned selection in the national men's team for the first time.
Based in Canberra at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, Daniels is in a team of 12 that has a mixture of US college players, NBA Global Academy members and Centre of Excellene scholarship holders.
The team will be coached by Adam Caporn, who is the current Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence head coach and an assistant to Brian Goorjian for the Tokyo Olympics.
"What a fantastic opportunity and privilege for this group of highly talented young men to step forward and represent Australia in such an important game,'' Caporn said.
"It is the greatest honour in sport to represent your country and knowing the talent and character of this group, they are ready to make an important contribution and do Australia proud. We can't wait to get to Cairns and help Australia defend our FIBA Asia Cup title."
Squad for the Asia Cup qualifier:
Taran Armstrong - guard (North-West Thunder/California Baptist University), Burnie, TAS
Hunter Clarke - guard (formerly University of Montana), Kaleen, ACT
Dyson Daniels - guard/forward (BA Centre of Excellence), Bendigo, VIC
Hunter Goodrick - forward (University of South Dakota) Roseville, NSW
Matt Kenyon - guard (formerly South Bay Lakers, NBA G League), Avoca, NSW
Jack McWilliams - centre (BA Centre of Excellence), Ingleburn, NSW
David Okwera - forward (BA Centre of Excellence), Braybrook, VIC
Tyrese Proctor - guard (NBA Global Academy), Bangor, NSW
Patrick Ryan - guard/forward (BA Centre of Excellence), Philip Island, VIC
Reyne Smith - guard (BA Centre of Excellence), Ulverstone, TAS
Alex Toohey - forward (NBA Global Academy) Woden, ACT
Harry Wessels - centre (BA Centre of Excellence) Bannister, WA
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