June 22, 2012
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Basketball Australia confirmed today that Saint Mary's College will be well-represented at the upcoming Olympics with the announcement that Matthew Dellavedova and Patrick Mills are among the 12-player Boomers squad that will participate in the London Games.
The two youngest players on the team, Dellavedova and Mills are among the four guards selected to lead the Boomers into their Olympic opener against Brazil on July 29. The Aussies will also face Spain, China, Great Britain and one other to be determined opponent in group play. The quarterfinals are scheduled for August 8, while the semifinals will take place on Aug. 10. The bronze and gold medal games will be played on August 12.
"Both Delly and Patty have proven themselves to be among the top players in Australia and it is quite an honor to represent their country in the Olympic Games," said Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett. "In 2008, Patty showed how invaluable the experience of playing in the Olympics can be. Hopefully, Delly can have a similar experience, play well against the world's elite players and return to Saint Mary's this fall for a great senior year."
Mills, who burst on the international scene for the Boomers in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, told Basketball Australia he is looking forward to a little redemption.
"This is again one of the highest honours, to be selected to represent your country at an Olympic Games," 23-year-old Mills said. "Beijing was an amazing experience and I know the group has been waiting to get back together to get the job done."
Dellavedova, the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, is currently the only returning college player selected to an Olympic team among the countries that have qualified for the Games. The final three teams that will participate in London will be determined next week at the FIVA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.
"In terms of the things that all Australians connect with, this group of athletes embody that spirit," said Boomers head coach Brett Brown, an assistant coach in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs. "They have a strong sense of mateship and there is an inherent toughness that define this group of athletes.
"The entire country can be proud of the fact that the Australian Olympic basketball team will go into the London Olympic Games with players who posses tremendous character and will wear the green and gold with a reflective pride. I am proud to be their coach."
The Boomers are scheduled to face Greece in a 3-game series before traveling to play the world's second-ranked Spanish side that is one of the favorites to win the gold in London.