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.
The 2017 Emerging Boomers World University Games team:
|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:
|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)|
Alanna Smith and Tahlia Tupaea have since withdrawn