LC
Two months ago

Opals squad named for 2019 FIBA Asia Cup Campaign

After a successful 2018 FIBA World Cup campaign in which the Australian Opals came away with silver, an extended preliminary squad of 27 has been named in early preparation for the 2019 Asia Cup which tips off in September.

The squad named boasts all the big names in Australian women's basketball, including Liz Cambage who is currently contracted to play in China, through to rising star Alanna Smith who is starring for Stanford in Division I college basketball in the US. Both earned silver at last year’s World Cup, and will be rejoined by the entire roster that finished second.

Silver Opals headline preliminary FIBA Asia Cup squad

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anon  
Two months ago

OMG, the injury squad LOL.....it reads like a WNBA list , so many injury liabilities in that group

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

https://pickandroll.com.au/ got the Tiana Mangakahia mention in early.

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Waves2Lynx  
Two months ago

Good squad. Highlights how many players we have in and around contention. The likes of Garbin/Tuhpea/Wallace may consider themselves lucky, but their selections understandable if its about getting them around the team with an eye to the future.

Garrick and Kunek probably biggest of the names to miss out, so a fairly standard squad.

Looking forward to what the next year and bit brings.

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anon  
Two months ago

give it a rest with Mangakahia will you LOL Garrick certainly should have been given the nod over the likes of Tupeua and Mansfield, even Clydesdale would be a better choice, so many players with either recent or exsiting injuries, so many injury prone, why do they always do this rubbish.

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Hydra66  
Two months ago

Surely Wallace will not play again for some time

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Lavey? Again?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

PG
85 Mitchell 5'5
89 Mansfield 5'7
93 Lavey 5'8
90 Ebzery 5'10 cg
96 Wallace 5'11 cg (injured)

SG
97 Tupaea 5'9 cg
92 Seekamp 5'10 cg
88 Whitcomb 5'10
92 Cole 5'10
90 Blicavs 5'10
90 Madgen 5'11 cg
94 Wilson 5'11 (injured)

SF
93 Nicholson 6'0
86 Ohea 6'1
94 Talbot 6'2
92 Allen 6'2
93 Blicavs 6'2

PF
94 Garbin 6'2
87 Griffin 6'2
88 Bishop 6'4
96 Smith 6'4
99 Magbegor 6'4
89 George 6'4

C
96 Scherf 6'5
93 Bunton 6'5 (injured)
89 Tolo 6'5
91 Cambage 6'8


Mangakahia, Garrick, Kunek and Aokuso should at least be in the train on squad imo.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

bishop 6'3*

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Ebzery
Whitcomb
Allen
George
Cambage

Seekamp
Ohea
Talbot
Smith
Tolo

Cole
Magbegor


Feel bad for Griffin.. would love to have her but can't see it.
Lack of quality pgs and sgs a real issue.

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Anon  
Two months ago

Olympics:

Wallace
Whitcomb
Allen
Smith
Cambage

Ebzery
Cole
Talbot
Blicavs
Tolo

Nicholson/Heal
Magbegor

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Tokyo prediction

5'10 Ebzery CG
5'10 Seekamp CG (Lavey out)
5'10 Whitcomb SG
5'10 Cole SG (Madgen out)
6'1 Ohea G/F
6'2 Allen SF
6'2 Talbot SF
6'4 Smith PF
6'4 George PF/C
6'5 Tolo PF/C (Magbegor out)
6'5 Bunton C
6'8 Cambage C


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Anonymous  
Two months ago

The case for Mangakahia

Avg
15 games (half way through season)
30 mins pg (4 minutes less than last year - 34)
16 points (1.5 points down on last year - 17.5)
7.9 assists (3rd in college currently) (1st last year with 9.8)
5 rebounds (30% more rebounds on last year)
2.4 steals (steals even on last year)
4 turnovers a game (30% less t.o than this time last year)
26 fouls (30% less fouls than this time last year)

46.4% Field goal (4% up on last year)
89.7% Free throw (2% up on last year)
35.5% 3 point (7% up on last year)

Obviously college is a step below, but she certainly deserves a camp invite to see where she stands.

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LC  
Two months ago

And Mangakahia today was shortlisted as one of 25 players along with Smith for the 2019 Wooden Award.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Take the injured players out, put the prospects in.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Why would they even name injured players who have no chance of playing?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Camp is 5 months away, Asia cup in September. Quite a while away.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Anyone understand how Tokyo qualification works?

Will be interesting not facing Asian teams. Will be much harder facing euro, Americas and African teams.

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LC  
Two months ago

Both Smith and Mangakahia are considered in the Top 25 in US College basketball. Surely Mangakahia was worth an inclusion in the extended Opals squad??!!

Alanna Smith and Tiana Mangakahia named to Wooden Award Top 25

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Waves2Lynx  
Two months ago

Given it's two training camps in April and June, current injury status doesn't matter, except perhaps Wallace, who's long-term injury happened just recently. So maybe a case for her exclusion, but for the rest it shouldn't not really matter.

I'm sure Brondello would be aware of Mangakahia current play, she has to watch follow her progress not just for Australia but WNBA too, so there'd be a reason.

One discussion I'm interested in: who's the second best Opal right now? Based on teams playing for right it'd be Allen or Whitcomb (WNBA/EuroCup) but I don't think it's a big gap to the rest of those who could be in starting five. Up to 2017 it would have been clearly Mitchell but not now.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Griffin may be better suited for Asia cup, but Whitcomb is best fit for Olympics.
Mitchell is done


Would have taken 33... bringing in several future prospects.

PG (5)
Ebzery
Seekamp
Lavey
Madgen
Mangakahia
+2
Wallace (future)
Rocci (future)

SG (5)
Whitcomb
Cole
Blicavs
Garrick
Wilson
+2
Wehrung (future)
Tupaea (future)

SF (5)
Ohea
Allen
Talbot
Kunek
Blicavs
+2
Nicholson (future)
Sharp (future)

PF (5)
Griffin
Bishop
Smith
Magbegor
George
+2
Garbin (future)
Froling (future)

C (3)
Tolo
Bunton
Cambage
+2
Aokuso (future)
Scherf (future)



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Laughing Boy  
Two months ago

Surely Nadeen Spirit from the Spirit must be close to getting a look in in one of these squads.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

I cant belive lavey will make this team averaging 6 points 2 rebounds and 3 assists as a starting pg playing 30mins per game. The younger point guards must wonder why they arnt getting an opportunity.

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Camel 31  
Two months ago

gotta feeling jarry played a lotta opals .... caint see her here...
australia likes to leave wnbl mvp outta opals...

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ANON  
Two months ago

Jarry is a bigger version of Lavey .... how they both end up as opals is a mystery but Jarry is also an injury waiting to happen

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Waves2Lynx  
Two months ago

Jarry hasn't done much in last two years anyway, mainly because of her injuries. Wouldn't have her close based on current form. The likes of Payne, Wehrung are maybes next season if they can build on this year.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

A very interesting squad selected but I think a fair selection.

The naturalised spot will be very interesting from here. All 3 are getting older, and all have had a chance on a big stage to play with the team with Griffen CG, Mitchell Rio and Whitcomb WC. I think it will highly depend on what position Brondello thinks an Australian can't fill.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Mangakahia with 34 / 10 / 10 today.
Cmon sandy, give her a call.

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ANON  
Two months ago

And who did they play for those stats

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

A team near the bottom of the standings in one of the best conferences mathching up against another player who is also on the draft boards.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

I love Griffin and her game but I think all players being healthy the spot has to go to Whitcomb. Our 4 spot is stacked with Smith, Magbegor, George, Bishop and Blicavs. But we don't have a great deal of consistent scoring on the wing.

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ANON  
Two months ago

North Carolina who are sitting second last in ACC
And 49th in the NCAA
Syracuse is 4th in acc and 12th in NCAA

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Brondello will probably choose Mitchell.

I'd choose Whitcomb too. Would be happy with Ebzery and Seekamp running the point. Cole as the other sg. Madgen and Lavey go out.

Magbegor should be pushed out with tolo coming in. Bunton was brilliant up until her injury and should be chosen if healthy. Blicavs also an option at pf if you only take 1 of Bunton/tolo.



PG-Ebzery/Seekamp
SG-Whitcomb/Cole
G/F-Ohea
SF-Allen/Talbot
PF-Smith/George
PF/C-Tolo
C-Cambage/Bunton

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

we will know that we have a true quality opals lineup when George stops being named

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

bishop perhaps. Blicavs not firing yet.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

yes bish is having a good season in the eurocup

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Camel 31  
Two months ago

PFs not quite as good as Griffin , presently .
Seems no aussie guards , only naturalised ones .

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Running short on naturalised players soon. I wonder who'll be next.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

does anyone know which country the 2019 asia cup will be held in?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Not sure yet, doesn't say. Late September.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_FIBA_Women%27s_Asia_Cup#Venue

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Anonymous  
Last month

Sami Going well. (8games)

http://www.fiba.basketball/eurocupwomen/18-19/player/Samantha-Allison-Whitcomb


Bishop too. (6games)

http://www.fiba.basketball/eurocupwomen/18-19/player/Abby-Kate-Bishop

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