Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova is excited about donning the green and gold for the upcoming Asian Qualifiers, praising his NBL-based teammates for their talent and work ethic.
Dellavedova will join Bucks teammate Thon Maker and ten stars of the NBL for the third window of FIBA Word Cup Qualifiers when the Boomers visit Japan on June 29 and the Philippines on July 2.
The games will be Dellavedova’s first for the national team since the Rio Olympics while Maker will be debuting in the green and gold, officially confirming him as an Australian representative in international competition.
The team also includes players from five NBL clubs, including six members of the NBL All-Australian Team that recently completed a three-game series against the Chinese National Team.
Perth Wildcats trio Nick Kay, Angus Brandt and Jesse Wagstaff are all on board for the Boomers as are recent Brisbane recruits Jason Cadee and Cam Gliddon, Sydney duo Kevin Lisch and Daniel Kickert and Adelaide 36ers star Nathan Sobey.
Reigning Larry Sengstock Medallist Chris Goulding will also share the court with newly-signed Melbourne United teammate Mitch McCarron.
Dellavedova, who kept a close eye on the All-Australian Team’s games against China, told NBL Media that he is pumped to team up with his NBL counterparts.
“I am really looking forward to playing with the NBL boys,” ‘Delly’ said.
“I have played with a lot of them before and they’re very talented, hard-working players as well as great blokes.”
The 2016 NBA Champion has also taken to social media to express his excitement.
— Matthew Dellavedova (@matthewdelly) June 6, 2018
Maker posted some enthusiasm of his own, tweeting “I can’t wait!!!!”
While the Boomers have already earned a spot in the second round of qualifiers, they will be looking to continue their undefeated run with points carrying over into the second round.
The addition of Dellavedova and Maker will help that cause, with head coach Andrej Lemanis recently confirming that the pair could be used without any restrictions on minutes.
The Boomers will begin training camp in Melbourne on June 21 before flying out to Japan on June 25.