The Philippines’ Under-16 national team will get its first look at Australia when the Crocs take on Malaysia this Tuesday at 1pm at the Lignan Mingzhu Gymnasium in Foshan, China.
The Australians earned a bye on opening day and they watched the Malaysia-Philippines match that was won by Batang Gilas 62-57.
The Crocs are coached by Justin Schueller who was appointed to the job 11 months ago. Schueller currently coaches the Kilsyth Cobras in the SEABL as well as id the Development Coach of Melbourne United. This post isn’t his first on the national level.
He served as an assistant for the Australian U17 team from 2009-11 before taking over in 2011. He was reappointed last year.
The team he brought with him to the FIBA U16 Asian Championships stands an average of 6’4”, the same as the Philippine team they will face this Wednesday April 4, at 11am. However, no Australian stands below six feet.
The guards include Liam Herbert, Hunter Madden, Hunter Clarke, Tamuri Wigness, and Jay Rantall. Their forward line includes Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, Luke Travers, Joel Capetola, Hayden Meakes, and Luke Jackson. The team’s two centers include 6’7” Kobe Williamson and 6’8” Paul Tsapatolis.
Crocs coach Justin Schueller was impressed with the talent pool from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia as he prepares for his first campaign at the helm of the Under-17 men.
The selection camp for this squad was held last year from September 4-6 at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.
“We are excited for the guys that have made the squad to this point and we can’t wait to get started,” Schueller said. “The athletes have demonstrated their abilities in the areas we value and we believe it is a versatile and exciting group.”