Jazz guard Joe Ingles to join Australia in FIBA World Cup, Dante Exum likely out
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles will represent Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer.
The Athletic Utah Jazz reporter Tony Jones tweeted the news on May 14.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles will play for Australia in the World Cup this summer, sources tell The Athletic. For news on Dante Exum, follow @rpjward who will soon have an update
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) May 15, 2019
Unfortunately, Ingles’ teammate with the Jazz, guard Dante Exum, is likely out of the running due to his knee injury, per Australian basketball reporter Roy Ward.
— Roy Ward (@rpjward) May 15, 2019
The Australian men’s basketball team (known as the Boomers) will play in Group H of the FIBA World Cup together with Lithuania, Senegal, and Canada.
Ingles told FIBA’s official website he foresees stiff competition among the qualifying teams.
It’s a very, very competitive group and every team has the possibility to go through the next round, so we will have to be ready.
There is plenty of talent in all of the teams, and even if I know less about Senegal than the other teams, they are going to be very good and competitive.
It’s going to be a great tournament, and we’re all very excited and looking forward to competing on the world stage once again.
''We want to fight for the top spots and go back home with a medal'' – Australia's Joe Ingles Sporting News Australia are expected to be loaded for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, but even veteran Joe Ingles knows the… https://t.co/uHje2gWmSQ via @60sfolks #1960s #boomers pic.twitter.com/BMwMqdXCrl
— 60s Folks (@60sfolks) April 3, 2019
Exum sustained a partially-torn patellar tendon in his right knee during regular-season play with the Jazz two months ago. It’s unfortunate he won’t be able to suit up for the Boomers in the FIBA World Cup.
Despite Exum’s injury, Australia will feature a loaded squad. Potential NBA players who can fill up the remaining roster spots include Ben Simmons, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, and Thon Maker, per FIBA’s official website.
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in China from August 31 to September 15.