Australia's best student basketballers from US colleges and Australian universities will unite in green and gold as the Australian Emerging Boomers and Emerging Opals teams are finalised for the 29th Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei this August.

Both the men’s and women’s teams consist of players 23 and under who are currently completing university studies in Australia or abroad.

In the men’s section, five players currently competing in Australia including Kyle Adnam (Deakin University), Matt Kenyon (University of Southern Queensland), Rhys Vague (Edith Cowan University), Craig Moller (Deakin University) and Tyrell Harrison (University of Southern Queensland) have been named in the team.

These athletes are set to join seven Australians who compete in American colleges which include Emmett Naar (St Mary’s College), Dejan Vasiljevic(University of Miami), Tanner Krebs (St Mary’s College), Jack McVeigh (University of Nebraska), Xavier Cooks (Winthrop University), Duop Reath (Louisiana State University) and Gorjok Gak (Florida State).

In the women's side, Saint Mary’s Gaels teammates Carly Turner and Megan McKay will compete for Australia alongside Wake Forest’s Alex Sharp and Vanessa Panousis from Virginia Tech while Alanna Smith (Stanford) and Kristy Wallace (Baylor) have been named following their inclusion in the Opals selection camp squad last week.

Rounding out the Emerging Opals side are Abbey Wehrung and Keely Froling (both studying at the University of Canberra), Alex Wilson (NSW TAFE), Darcee Garbin (James Cook University), Lauren Scherf (Victoria University) and Tahlia Tupaea who is completing a diploma.

All six of the Australian-based players competed in the most recent WNBL season including University of Canberra Capitals' Froling and Wehrung.

Read more about the Emerging Boomers and Emerging Opals team announcement here.


The 2017 Emerging Boomers World University Games team:

Name Age Home State College/University
Kyle Adnam 23 Vic Deakin University
Xavier Cooks 23 NSW Winthrop University
Gorjok Gak 20 NSW Florida State
Tyrell Harrison 19 Qld University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Matthew Kenyon 19 Qld University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Tanner Krebs 21 Tas St Mary’s College
Jack McVeigh 21 NSW University of Nebraska
Craig Moller 22 Vic Deakin University
Emmett Naar 23 ACT St Mary’s College
Duop Reath 21 WA Louisiana State University
Rhys Vague 22 WA Edith Cowan University
Dejan Vasiljevic 20 Vic University of Miami
Mark Radford (Head Coach) Jamie O'Loughlin (Assistant Coach), Mike Kelly (Assistant Coach)

The 2017 Emerging Opals World University Games team:

Name Age Home State College/University
Chelsea Brook   SA University of South Australia
Aimie Cydesdale   Vic Monash University
Keely Froling 21 Qld University of Canberra
Darcee Garbin 23 WA James Cook University
Megan McKay 20 WA Saint Mary’s College
Vanessa Panousis 22 NSW Virginia Tech
Lauren Scherf 21 Vic Victoria University
Alex Sharp 20 Vic Wake Forest University
Carly Turner 22 Vic Saint Mary’s College
Kristy Wallace 21 Qld Baylor University
Abigail Wehrung 21 Vic University of Canberra
Alex Wilson 23 SA NSW Tafe
Chris Lucas (Head Coach), Simon Pritchard (Assistant Coach), Kristen Veal (Assistant Coach)

2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade men's and women's basketball results

Alanna Smith and Tahlia Tupaea have since withdrawn


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