Sometime on Tuesday the Australian Boomers will find out who is going to the FIBA World Cup.
The 18-man selection camp finishes that day and Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis and his staff will conduct exit interviews with each player.
For NBA veterans such as Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut, Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes there should be little drama as if they are fit they will be on the plane to China but for the rest of the squad there will be a nervous wait.
NBA championship winner Matthew Dellavedova will be a walk-up start for Australia’s World Cup squad barring injuury.Credit:AAP
The heartbreak is always real for whoever misses a major tournament but stakes are higher this year as the team expects to challenge for the gold medal.
The biggest selection query is over the big men. Unless something has arisen during camp most would expect Bogut, Baynes and NBA power forward Jonah Bolden will play major minutes but who backs them up is a line-ball decision.
"I think the bigs positions is the toughest spot," new Boomers assistant coach David Patrick said.
"We have some older veterans posts and these young guys coming in and every day setting the tone so it will be interesting who slides into the mix."
Perth Wildcats forward Nick Kay was the best power forward in the NBL last season and starred for the Boomers throughout qualifying. He has also held his own at camp this week.
But forward-centre Jock Landale has starred in Europe this past season and at NBA Summer League with Milwaukee Bucks.
Landale can score and rebound with the best, has a solid outside shot and even nailed a game-winning long-ball while playing in Serbia this past season.
Power forward Brock Motum is another who plays against the best in Europe and has been to the Rio Olympics and 2014 World Cup but if Landale and Kay make it then it would be hard to see him there too.
With Bogut and Baynes among the oldest players, Landale, standing 211 centimetres tall, is insurance against injury or foul trouble as well.
But will Lemanis take Landale and another power forward instead of an extra guard or wing player?
Melbourne United shooter Chris Goulding has been to the Olympics and World Cup before, is a leader and knows how to fit into the group while recent NBA players Mitch Creek and Deng Adel are rookies at this level but elite athletes with a point to prove.
With group opponents Canada and Senegal boasting ultra-athletic rosters the Boomers may need both.
"With some guys not being here there would be spots open," Goulding said.
"Everyone is standing out so I don’t envy the coaches.
"I've been around this group before. It's not about coming in and scoring 20 or 30 points. It's about can I come in and be competitive at the defensive end, can I lead with my voice and knock down a couple of shots."
NBL star Nathan Sobey can play either guard spot and both score and defend at this level. His versatility could be his ticket to China.
Adel, who has yet to make his Boomers debut, could also possibly stretch the floor as an undersized power forward although it's unclear if Lemanis sees him in that role or not.
If Goulding, Sobey or Adel were to miss out that would signal Lemanis wanting another of his NBL Boomers, such as Cameron Gliddon or Jason Cadee, as a third point guard behind Mills and Dellavedova.
The Boomers will announce their 12-man FIBA World Cup roster on Wednesday.
Australian Boomers squad (six to be omitted from final roster): Deng Adel, Aron Baynes, Todd Blanchfield, Andrew Bogut, Jonah Bolden, Jason Cadee, Xavier Cooks, Mitch Creek, Matthew Dellavedova, Cameron Gliddon, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Nicholas Kay, Jock Landale, Mitch McCarron, Patty Mills, Brock Motum, Nathan Sobey.
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