Horsham basketball product Mitch Creek might yet be a chance to make Australia's squad for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
Creek was a shock omission from the 12-man squad announced on August 7, but may be offered a reprieve after Boomer Xavier Cooks suffered a knee injury during training camp on Wednesday.
The injury will sideline Cooks for the Wold Cup, beginning on August 31 in China.
Cooks will be replaced in the squad with Creek looming as a likely contender. Cooks was likely to be the first small forward off the bench for the Boomers, a similar position to Creek.
The more I think on it the less I like about the exclusion of Mitch Creek from the Australian World Cup squad.— Steve Smith (@stevesmithffx) August 7, 2019
For all the talk about best fit, they’ve cut a top-tier talent who has been the heart and soul of every team he’s ever been on. NO-ONE has worked harder. Bad areas.
The two also bring similar attributes to the table, with dogged defending, rebounding and versatility the highlight of both players' games.
Australia open up their warm-up schedule with a pair of games in Perth against Canada on August 16 and 17, before facing the United States in Melbourne on August 22 and 24.
The Boomers hope to challenge at the World Cup, with coach Andrej Lemanis recently declaring "we are going to China to win gold".
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