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Junior Tall Blacks aim high at World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/05/2017

Junior Tall Blacks coach Daryl Cartwright has named an experienced team which combines plenty of size with skill for the under-19 basketball World Cup in Cairo. © Getty Images Junior Tall Blacks coach Daryl Cartwright has named an experienced team which combines plenty of size with skill for the under-19 basketball World Cup in Cairo. Junior Tall Blacks coach Daryl Cartwright has named an experienced team which combines plenty of size with skill for the under-19 basketball World Cup in Cairo.

Cartwright has largely stuck with the side which beat Australia 57-51 at last year's Oceania Championships in Fiji to qualify for the July 1-9 World Cup.

It's a team of considerable size, with quality young bigs including Callum McRae (2.12m) , Angus McWilliam, Sam Waardenburg and Tai Wynyard (all 2.08m).

"That is a big line-up and would have to be the biggest junior national team ever assembled, bigger than most Tall Black teams from the past few years," Cartwright said.

"But there is also talent in the guard line and right across the roster - we have depth in all five positions and guys who have experience playing for New Zealand internationally.

"Not only do they bring talented skill sets but a good understanding of the game."

New Zealand has a tough draw in Cairo which includes one of the gold medal favourites France, South American powerhouse Argentina, and world No.15 Korea.

But Cartwright says they're still aiming high.

"Our goal is to come out of pool play into the round of 16 with as high a ranking as we can achieve."

Among those to miss out due to injury are Dan Fotu, Takiula Fahrensohn and Samson Aruwa (Auckland).

Junior Tall Blacks: Joshua Aitcheson, Flynn Cameron, Tobias Cameron, QuinnClinton, Toby Gillooly, Isaac Letoa, Hamish McDonald, Callum McRae, Angus McWilliam, Taane Samuel, Samuel Waardenburg, Tai Wynyard. Non-Travelling reserves: Brayden Inger, Connor Woodbridge.

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