D’ANGELO NAMED TO WORLD CUP TEAM
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | Basketball Australia have announced the twelves athletes set to challenge the FIBA Under 19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand - with Nunawading Spectres guard Chelsea D’Angelo headlining the team announcement.
D’Angelo joined Nunawading for their inaugural NBL1 campaign, having come off a personally successful season with the Melbourne Boomers where she was awarded the clubs High Performance Athlete of the Year. Whilst she missed the Spectres road win in Albury last weekend due to National Team Camp and Selections, the offensively potent D’Angelo has put together her best season at senior level returning 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assist across 11 games.
“This is a wonderful achievement for Chelsea,” Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn said.
“A fantastic recognition for the countless hours spent on the court and in the gym, making sure she has her skillset and body at a level that can not just compete but impact against the best under 19 players in the world.”
“We’ll be doing everything we can here at Nunawading to help best prepare Chelsea for a successful World Cup campaign - it’ll mean we lose her for a large chunk of games but ultimately, it’s our role on the food chain to help players achieve things well beyond the walls of the Nunawading Basketball Centre.”
“I know our team and the greater Nunawading Basketball community cannot wait to see Chelsea line up in the green and gold for their first game against the USA on July 20.”
The Gems will play a four-nation tournament in France prior to the World Cup, an opportunity to fine tune as a team against bigger, internationally seasoned bodies. They then face the USA (1st), Hungary (14th) and Korea (15th) in the group stage of the World Cup - Australia are currently ranked 7th in the world.
The Australian Gems 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup schedule (all times AEST):
July 20: Gems vs. USA at 3.15pm
July 21: Gems vs. Hungary at 3.15pm
July 23: Gems vs. Korea at 3.00pm
July 24: Round of 16
July 26: Quarter-Finals
July 27: Semi-Finals
July 28: Medal Games