August 20, 2022

Former Duke striker Jack White received a call-up, as did Will McDowell-White, Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, Sam Froling, Keanu Pinder and Tasmania JackJumpers duo Jack McVeigh and Sam McDaniel.

The next big question will be who will be suitable for China and Japan. South East Melbourne center Zhou Qi has been named to the Chinese roster, but it is not yet clear whether Japanese NBA duo Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe will play.

The list of Boomers for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Qualifiers: Matthew Dellavedova, Tuna Maker, Jack White, Mitch McCarron, Todd Blanchfield, Clint Steindl, Will McDowell-White, Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, Sam Froling, Keanu Pinder, Jack McVeigh, Sam McDaniel.

Cooks remains a king, Noi joins him

If Xavier Cooks doesn’t make the NBA, he’ll be back with the Sydney Kings after signing a three-year deal with the NBL champions this week.

Cooks won the Larry Sengstock Medal as this season’s Grand Finals Series MVP as the Kings won the title and he plans to move to the NBA, following Jock Landale who won that same award in Melbourne United and turned it into a move to the San Antonio Spurs.

Xavier Cooks shoots in a rebound.Credit:Getty Images

“I’ve always said playing for Australia at the Olympics is my biggest goal and it’s something I want to do,” Cooks said.

“And as a kid, I always wanted to play in the NBA, so I’m not putting that aside for now. But now that I’m back in Sydney, the goal is to repeat and win another championship.

Former Cairns guard Kouat Noi has signed a two-year contract with the Kings.

The Kings have signed Cooks, Noi, Shaun Bruce, Dejan Vasiljevic, Angus Glover, Biwali Bayles, Jaylin Galloway and Jordi Hunter for next season.

The Tasmanian JackJumpers have re-signed star point guard Josh Magette, while the Brisbane Bullets have signed DJ Mitchell, the son of 1990s striker Mike Mitchell.

The NZ Breakers have signed Boomers guard Cameron Gliddon to a two-year contract. Gliddon had a frustrating season with South East Melbourne Phoenix as injury and illness plagued him on several occasions. The Phoenix signed Sydney guard Junior Madot.

Magbegor fired after COVID-19 break

Australian star Ezi Magbegor bounced back from COVID-19 protocols and joined a rare five-block saver in a 72-60 win over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday (AEST).

Magbegor is one of four Storm players to record five or more blocks in a WNBA game, joining Lauren Jackson (22 times), Brenna Stewart (nine times) and Natasha Howard (five times).

The Opals center also had 12 points and seven rebounds in the win, including some crucial three-pointers after positive signs in the Melbourne Boomers’ WNBL title win last season.

Magbegor had been out since May 20 after becoming part of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. She scored 19 points in her return match this weekend and followed that up with her great performance against the Dream.

“I felt good physically. I was surprised how well I recovered,” Magbegor told media on Wednesday.

“The first few days were tough, but the last few days in isolation I was just hanging out, waiting to be back with these guys. You want to go out and exert all that energy and I feel like that’s what happened.

Storm star Breanna Stewart was delighted Magbegor shot a perfect two-for-two from the three-point line, exclaiming “big-shot man” after Magbegor was asked about his shot.

“With my three, it’s something I’m really trying to work on, so painting [key] isn’t so crowded and it opens up more chances for my teammates,” Magbegor said.

Storm coach Noelle Quinn hailed Magbegor’s shot blocking as the product of a better understanding of how the team’s defensive structures work, and she said the Australian center was working hard and seeing the dividends.

“Ezi is working on it,” Quinn said. “She’s able, willing and able to shoot the ball and that allows us to have multiple threats on the floor.”

Fellow Australian Kristy Wallace had 12 points and six assists for the Dream as she continues to thrive in her first WNBA season.

Both players look set to play big roles for the Opals at the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney in September.

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