Current Bullets players Tom Jervis and Daniel Kickert along with former import Jeremy Kendle have been selected as part of the NBL All-Australian team announced over the weekend. With Bullets assistant coach Mick Downer also on board in the same role, the All-Australian team with have a distinct Bullets flavour.
The NBL All-Australian team will head to China next month to play the Chinese national team as Australian basketball continues its push into one of the world’s biggest markets.
The CPA Australia NBL All-Australian team supported by Swisse will kick off a three game tour against China in Beijing on July 5.
The series will also feature games in Jilin on July 7 and Dongguan on July 9 with all three games to be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.
It follows the success of last year’s tour of China by the NBL All-Australian team which was watched by a huge audience on Chinese television.
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said it was another exciting opportunity for the NBL and Australian basketball.
“Last year’s series was a great success and we were warmly welcomed by the Chinese people who are passionate about basketball,” he said.
“The huge TV audience on its national free to air sports channel CCTV5 was fantastic exposure for the NBL which is growing in popularity in China. We are delighted that Australian fans will also be able to watch the games live on Fox Sports.”
Following last year’s tour the NBL started broadcasting games into Asia via live streaming platforms YouKu and Sina Sports. Throughout the 2016-2017 season, over 9.2 million fans tuned into watch NBL games.
Melbourne United also recently toured China and played two games against the Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and Yancheng City.
Seven of the squad, including Jervis and Kickert were recently named in the Boomers squad for the Asia Cup in August. The Australian squad for the tour of China is:
Mitch McCarron Cairns Taipans
Lucas Walker Perth Wildcats
Jesse Wagstaff Perth Wildcats
Mitch Norton Illawarra Hawks
Nick Kay Illawarra Hawks
Todd Blanchfield Sydney Kings
Daniel Kickert Brisbane Bullets
Tom Jervis Brisbane Bullets
Jeremy Kendle Brisbane Bullets
Jerome Randle Adelaide 36ers
David Barlow Melbourne United
Head Coach: Rob Beveridge (Illawarra Hawks)
Assistant Coach: Mick Downer (Brisbane Bullets)