D’ANGELO NAMED TO FINAL GEMS CAMP
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | Following a successful camp held at the Centre of Excellence, Canberra earlier this month, Basketball Australia has narrowed the Australian Gems (Under 19) squad to just 17 athletes ahead of the FIBA U19 World Cup in July.
Within that 17-player squad stands Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres standout Chelsea D’Angelo, who is enjoying a stellar start to her NBL1 campaign, averaging 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists, whilst helping the Spectres to a 6-2 start to the season.
D’Angelo, who is also a member of the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL, is quickly building a strong reputation in senior ranks for her offensive potency on the back of an impressive junior career.
Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn, who also works with D’Angelo at the Boomers was positive his young guard had what it takes to gain Gems selection ahead of the World Cup.
“Chelsea brings a unique skillset to the table - she has an incredibly high basketball IQ, knows how to find her teammates with the ball but can then drop 20-points on you in the blink of an eye.”
“She has some of the best one-on-one footwork I’ve seen and can score on you in a variety of ways; catch and shoot, off the dribble or on the rim - I believe she brings something different to any team, an x-factor that as a coach you can call upon in a game, particularly in tournament play where your opponents are so scout heavy.”
Motivation is high for D’Angelo who continues to invest heavily in her own development, evidenced by being named the Melbourne Boomers High Performance Player of the Year, whilst also juggling the heavy workload that comes with studying for her Law degree.
The Gems squad next assembles at the Centre of Excellence May 30 - June 2 where the team set to contest the FIBA U19 World Cup will be selected. The World Cup will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20 - 28 with the Gems scheduled to play a number of warm up games prior to the tournament.
Currently ranked seventh in the world, Australia has drawn a difficult schedule for the World Cup, opening the tournament against world number one, the USA. They will then face both Hungary and Korea before advancing to the Round of 16 and knock out stages of the tournament.
D’Angelo is set to go head-to-head with Gems squad member, Izzy Anstey this Saturday night when the Spectres take on the Rangers at Dandenong, followed on Sunday when Nunawading play host to Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at 12:30pm. Tickets available online via; http://bit.ly/NBL1-TICKETS
This Sunday is Kids Day at Nunawading Basketball Centre. The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres set to celebrate their youngest fans, with children aged 16 and under to receive free entry to the NBL1 Double-Header at The Graveyard. There will be plenty of prizes and giveaways, opportunities for postgame selfies with your favorite Spectres players and $2 popcorn!!