Anonymous
Earlier this year

FIBA u16 Asia Champs 2018

http://www.fiba.basketball/asia/u16/2017

T.Wigness
L.Herbert
H.Madden
J.Rantall
J.Capetola
H.Clarke
W.Buluk
L.Travers
L.Jackson
H.Meakes
K.Williamson
P.Tsapatolis

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Will we qualify?
Can we do some damage at worlds?
Thoughts on the team?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Isn't Capetola 17 years old? How can he be eligible for U16's?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tournament was for last year but was cancelled and moved to this year.

The World Cup is just a couple of months after this tournament.

Athletes born 2001 and younger are eligible.

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AussiePride  
Earlier this year

I have heard that this event may be postponed again as it clashes with guitar lessons for one of the players from Lebanon! I can't believe they would move the event for this reason when they refused to move the U18 womens when some Australian players would miss school exams. As usual Australia is not getting the respect we deserve.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Asia ain't getting respect...

We never climb the world rankings at junior level because winning Asia means very little according to the fiba points system.

Competition weight
WC 2.5
Olympics 2
Europe 1
Americas 0.8
Asia/Oceania 0.4
Africa 0.3

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Asia does not want us in their region. They couldn't give 2 shits about what affects OZ

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Don't think this is the best squad available when you look at recent results at development tournaments.
Maybe a few changes before the WC.

Don't have a lot of big guys in this age group.
The 4 post players are quite small in comparison to other u16 nations. Our tallest guy is 6'8.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#360 I would dare say the coaches will get the squad together again following this tournament prior to the World Cup. Remembering that the u18 nationals is in April, so look for a camp with the extended squad for May.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I watched the ajc u20s. Those on the team didn't look that good in comparison to those at ecc.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

^ the only ones of these kids who would have been at 20s are the global academy kids? And they probably didn't look as good, competing against u20 athletes, as some of the other would have competing against u18 athletes at ECC.

I think it's a pretty solid team PG-PF, but there's no question we lack anything particularly impressive at C. The size isn't overwhelming and while the guys playing that spot might nominally be able to step out and shoot a bit, they're not matchup threats because you could guard them with PFs and they lack the size, strength and skill to punish that in the post. Asia is not really the place you'd expect to see that punished but I think we will probably struggle with it come worlds.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

defense looks pretty bad in the guard spots.

Looks asthough china and Phillipines will be much bigger than us and Japan a lot quicker.

Will be an interesting tournament.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

PG - Wigness strong! Expect him to play a lot

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

ajc u18s 2018 will be interesting.
I think a few players will push for selection in April.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Obviously there was a squad of 18-20 that was already identified for this group "same as the girls" so these would be looked at fairly heavily at the AJC. There may be others that come out of the woodwork also?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The others in the camp were

Bald
Armstrong
Woodford
Griffin
Richards
Adebayo
Crowe


A lot of other quality talent that weren't on the list.
Williams
Taulapui
Mazlin
Bofinger
Steiner
Simons
Waters
Amongst others.

Most of them will be at the ajc.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Link to roster and draw
http://www.fiba.basketball/asia/u16/2017/Australia#tab=roster

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

you'd think we would be one of the tallest teams in Asia...
not this time round.

4-5 teams bigger than us.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

They want players that can run, shoot and get after other teams on defense.The world game has changed from the conventional plodder of the 6'10-11 range, if you are 6'8 you better be able to run if you want to keep up with the way this group plays.

3's or trans dunks!Exciting stuff

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

certainly is changing,has been for several years now gradually the huge players that struggle to run the floor but used to be highly sort of to fill several spots on a roster have been replaced by more mobile smaller players and guard heavy rotations. this is to keep up with the European game more than the USA game because their are far more Euro teams and tournaments that pay good money to players than their ever will be USA teams,and the USA really doesnt have anything other than college,which you are over and done with at 22 or NBA/WNBA thats pretty much it unless you can scrape into a training roster.
What teams prize now is the multi spot player that can play both ends of the court

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

certainly is changing,has been for several years now gradually the huge players that struggle to run the floor but used to be highly sort of to fill several spots on a roster have been replaced by more mobile smaller players and guard heavy rotations. this is to keep up with the European game more than the USA game because their are far more Euro teams and tournaments that pay good money to players than their ever will be USA teams,and the USA really doesnt have anything other than college,which you are over and done with at 22 or NBA/WNBA thats pretty much it unless you can scrape into a training roster.
What teams prize now is the multi spot player that can play both ends of the court

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Agreed 892 & 907. Teams want shooters but not those that cant play D.
Some good shooters in the team and also the reserve players on the list linked

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Will we qualify?

Via Asian qualifiers, Yes.
We have 4 very good, fast guards and 6 guys 194cm to 199cm who are good shooters and reasonably athletic. As well as 2 mobile centres (although not that tall, currently).


Can we do some damage at worlds?

It will be interesting to see how the Australian U18 national champs go in 21-28 April. To compete at the worlds they will need to find/develop 2 more big men. If Tsapatolis were to get injured or fouled out they would be completely exposed.
this means dropping a guard (and have Capetola play as a big guard) and drop one of the "guys 194cm to 199cm"


Thoughts on the team?
Good for Asian qualifiers but will really need more size for worlds and accommodate any late bloomers e.g.
Blake Jones 28.02.2002 204 cm who is going to the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2018
Biwali Bayles - 2002, who was at the last camp a month ago and going to the NCAA's Final Four Next Generation Showcase.
Kane Waters - new to the NBA Global Academy around 205cm and going to the NCAA’s Final Four Next Generation Showcase.
There are also these guys between 6'9 & 6'11
Akoldah Gak
Lewis Rowe
Jordan Schwalger
Jackson Walsh
Eddie Maslic


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