Horsham basketballer Mitch Creek earns call up to Aussie Olympic squad

HORSHAM basketballer Mitch Creek could represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.

Creek, 20, was one of 25 players selected in the Australian Boomers squad, which was announced yesterday afternoon.

Basketball Australia will take a squad of 12 to the Olympics.

Creek was named among elite company in the squad of 25, with San Antonio Spurs guard Patrick Mills the headline act.

European-based stars David Andersen, Matt Nielsen, Joe Ingles, Brad Newley and David Barlow were also named.

Creek, an Adelaide 36ers forward, was one of eight National Basketball League players named.

The former Horsham Hornet said he had his sights set on the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic Games.

He said he was humbled to be named in the London squad and would use the camps to learn from the best.

"I believe I am blessed to be invited to the camps and I am absolutely over the moon," he said. "It still hasn't sunk in and when it does I will be a little bit emotional.

"The bar is set very high. All I can do is go along, learn and take notes.

"I'll give it everything I have and improve as much as I can."

While he doesn't expect an Olympic call-up, Creek said anything was possible.

"At the end of the day you only need one lotto ticket to win the lottery," he said.

Creek's father Jeff said he was proud of his son.

"Even to make the squad at 20 years old is fantastic," he said.

"To make the squad and train with those blokes, who knows what could happen.

"He is in the 25 - to be in the best 25 in Australia at that age is awesome.

"The experience he'll get with the training camps will be amazing. It won't hurt his program at all."

Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown said the extent of Australian talent which stretched across the globe would make the preliminary preparations an exciting period and was a testament to Basketball Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport's developmental pathways.

"Our first camp will be made up of several levels of Boomer prospects. We will have some core senior Boomer members, along with NBL and US college prospects," he said.

Brown said each player deserved to be named in the initial squad.

"We have identified these players, worked with these players, and watched their growth over the past four years," he said.

"The large majority of this squad has participated in several camps, tours and world events during my time as coach, and now each of them has the opportunity to take it one final step and represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games."

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