CORVALLIS, Ore. – Angus Brandt, who played for the Oregon State men’s basketball team the past five years, was selected to the Australian Boomers National Team for a four-game series against Team China.
The 2014 Sino-Australian Challenge tips off Thursday at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The second game will be played Saturday at Challenge Stadium, while the third game is Friday, June 6 at the Jiangsu Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Centre in China and the final game is Sunday, June 8 at Liyang Tianmuhu Arena in China.
“The sense of pride in playing for Australia is obvious within the group – the players have represented themselves with class – we really couldn’t ask any more from them,” head coach Andrej Lemanis said. “One of the great perks of being the Boomers head coach is telling players that they have made the national team. For all of the debutants in this squad, the sense of pride and pleasure was clearly visible.
“There is a special pride in playing for your country – not every sport affords its athletes the opportunity to do that – it ranks you among the few in all sports, not just basketball. I’m proud to be going into the Sino-Australia Challenge with this group of players – they have all earned the right to be on the team.
“We now look forward to competing against China in the four game series. We have had enough of beating up on each other and look forward to transferring that energy and intensity in to game night.”
Brandt played 125 games at Oregon State, tied for the seventh most all-time in school history. He finished his five-year college career with 918 points, 374 rebounds, 126 assists, 55 blocked shots and 52 steals. He missed all but four games his senior season with a torn ACL in his right knee and was granted a medical hardship for a fifth year.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Brandt was a three-time team captain at Oregon State and named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2011, the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team in 2014 and Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2012 and 2013.
This is the second year of the Sino-Australia Challenge following a four-year agreement reached between Basketball Australia and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) with funding support from the Western Australian Government.
2014 Sino-Australia Challenge – Australian Boomers vs. Team China
Thursday, May 29 at Challenge Stadium, 8:30 p.m. (local time)
Saturday, May 31 at Challenge Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 6 at Jiangsu Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Centre, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 8 at Liyang Tianmuhu Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Angus Brandt – Oregon State University (USA)
Cameron Gliddon – Cairns Taipans (NBL)
Hugh Greenwood – University of New Mexico (USA)
Tom Jervis – Perth Wildcats (NBL)
Ben Madgen – Sydney Kings (NBL)
Rhys Martin – Wollongong Hawks (NBL)
Jack McVeigh – BA Centre of Excellence (SEABL)
Brock Motum – Bologna (Italy)
Luke Nevill – Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan)
Clint Steindl – Cairns Taipans (NBL)
Lucas Walker – Melbourne United (NBL)
Mark Worthington – Melbourne United (NBL)