Brad still in the Boomers picture
By STEVE SPINKS
MULLUMBIMBY'S veteran rookie Brad Davidson has been selected in the initial Australian basketball squad for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next year.
Davidson, captain of the Hunter Pirates in the National Basketball League, made his debut for the Boomers at the sprightly age of 31 at the inaugural Gaze Cup Four Nations Tournament in Australia in August.
His debut came after nine years in the NBL.
At the time, Davidson admitted that he thought the opportunity to represent his country had passed him by.
However, injuries and unavailability and the point guard's strong form in the NBL combined to result in his selection.
And coach Brian Goorjian has stuck with the high-octane Davidson in the initial squad of 20 that will be without a host of high profile stars including NBA first draft pick and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut.
Others missing are Matt Nielsen, Wade Helliwell and Luke Schenscher, who all have commitments with teams overseas.
However, Goorjian has been able to recall former NBA player Chris Anstey and the experienced Sam Mackinnon and Tony Ronaldson.
Goorjian has indicated he is still looking to add a few players before the squad trains on the Central Coast from December 4 to 6.
The final team that to contest the Games will be announced in mid-February by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.
Australian Boomers squad:
CJ Bruton (Sydney Kings), Jacob Holmes (Adelaide 36ers), Glen Saville (Wollongong Hawks), Jason Smith (Sydney Kings), Mark Worthington (Sydney Kings), Peter Crawford (Perth Wildcats), Brad Davidson (Hunter Pirates), Brad Newley (Townsville Crocs), Russell Hinder (Hunter Pirates), Oscar Forman (Adelaide 36ers), David Barlow (Sydney Kings), Greg Vanderjagt (Townsville Crocs), Luke Kendall (Sydney Kings), Pero Vasiljevic (West Sydney Razorbacks), Sam Mackinnon (Brisbane Bullets), Neil Mottram (Melbourne Tigers), Tony Ronaldson (Perth Wildcats), James Harvey (West Sydney Razorbacks), Stephen Black (Brisbane Bullets), Chris Anstey (Melbourne Tigers). Staff: Brian Goorjian (head coach), Brendan Joyce (assistant coach), Rob Beveridge (assistant coach), Nic Mercer (operations manager).