BENDIGO'S Dyson Daniels is confident Australia has what it takes to go all the way and win gold at next month's FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
Rising basketball star Daniels is among the 12 players who have been selected in the Australian Emus team for the World Cup, which will be held in Latvia from July 3-11.
Daniels' selection follows a training camp at the High Performance Centre in Canberra this week.
"It's a great feeling to have been selected and be able to represent Australia again," Daniels said on Thursday.
"This will be my first World Cup, so I'm really looking forward to trying to win gold for Australia.
I'm really looking forward to trying to win gold for AustraliaDyson Daniels
"I've played with most of the boys before and we've got a great versatile team. I think we have a really good chance of getting the gold medal."
Australia has been drawn in Pool D for the World Cup alongside defending champion USA, Turkey and 2019 runner-up Mali.
The only gold medal the Emus have won at the Under-19 World Cup was in 2003 when they beat Lithuania 126-92 in the final led by future NBA No.1 pick Andrew Bogut.
Guard Daniels' selection comes on the back of last week being named Basketball Victoria's 2020 Junior Male Athlete of the Year.
Daniels, 18, has been based at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence for almost two years and earlier this year made his debut for the Australian Boomers with a starring performance in an 81-52 win over New Zealand in February.
The Australian team for the World Cup is being coached by Darren Perry.
"Our team is versatile and will be able to play with pressure defence and have the ability to score in many different ways," Perry said.
Australian team - Taran Armstrong, Biwali Bayles, Reyne Smith, Tamuri Wigness, Jaylin Galloway, Blake Jones, Bol Dengdit, Dyson Daniels, Leyi Adebayo, Akoldah Gak, David Okwera, Yaak Yaak.
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