Cairns Basketball juniors to represent Australia at FIBA U19 World Cup
Cairns Basketball will be represented twice at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup this year, with raising basketball stars Kody Stattmann and Tamuri Wigness both being selected to the Australian Emus.
Following a selection camp at BA’ s Centre of Excellence, Kody Stattmann and Tamuri Wigness were named to the 12-man squad of players to wear the green and gold in Greece from June 29 – July 7, 2019.
Australian Emus Head Coach Darren Perry praised the talent of the young group, including Stattmann who made the final cut despite not being able to attend the selection camp.
“We had a really competitive selection camp with 21 players on the floor as well as some guys currently based in the USA who were unable to attend, it made for some really difficult selection decisions,” said Perry.
“We’re looking to play a disruptive, high-energy style of defence and that requires contributions from the entire group. If we buy into that system, we have the belief that we can challenge for a gold medal.”
Stattmann is currently playing for the University of Virginia in the NCAA, but is also becoming a regular in the green and gold after helping Australia win the Under-18 Asian Championship in 2018, on the back of 13 memorable three-pointers in the final.
Wigness is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport and competed in the Under-17 World Cup last year, as well as the Under-18 Asian Championship. He was recently named to the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Global 2019 All-Stars, winning their three-point comp at the camp in Charlotte last month.
Next, Stattmann and Wigness will attend the Emus training camp in Melbourne in the middle of June, before heading to Latvia for a warm-up tournament. The Emus will arrive in Greece in late June for the start of the World Cup.
Ranked tenth in the world, the Emus will face Canada (ranked 2nd), Latvia (13th) and Mali (27th) in the group stage and while every team will advance to the Round of 16, the tournament enters a knock-out stage from that point on.
The Emus previously enjoyed success at the Under-19 World Cup, winning a gold medal in 2003 with a team that included Andrew Bogut, Damian Martin and Brad Newley.
The Australian Emus Schedule for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup AEST:
June 29: Emus vs. Canada at 10.30pm
June 30: Emus vs. Latvia at 11.00pm
July 3: Emus vs. Mali at 1.15am
July 4: Round of 16
July 6: Quarter-Finals
July 7: Semi-Finals
July 8: Medal Games