Basketball New Zealand has named the Junior Tall Black team travelling to Greece for the FIBA Under 19 World Cup.
Sixteen teams will battle it out in Heraklion, Greece, from 29 June to 7 July, for their chance to be crowned world champions.
The Junior Tall Blacks have been grouped with competition heavyweights The United States, as well as 2017 World Cup quarter-finalists Lithuania, and Senegal.
Their first contest is with the US on 29 June. Head Coach Gavin Briggs said he can’t wait to face-off against the “basketball powerhouse”.
“People would think that the biggest game for us would be against the Australians, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a game than for our first game in the World Cup.
“That game can’t come soon enough.”
The team leaves for Paris on 19 June, where they will play Canada, France and Puerto-Rico in preparation for the World Cup.
Group Phase (June 29-July 2)
The sixteen (16) participating teams are divided into four (4) groups (A, B, C, and D) of four (4) teams each. Each team will play against all other teams in its own group (a total of 3 games for each team). Rest day: Monday, July 1.
Final Phase (July 3-7)
All teams qualify for the Round of 16, where they will cross between Groups A and B and C and D (A1 v B4, A2 v B3, etc.). The winners of the Round of 16 games advance to the Quarter-Finals, while the losers move on to the Classification Games for Places 9-16. Rest day: Thursday, July 4.
2019 Junior Tall Blacks (New Zealand Under 19) - FIBA Under 19 World Cup
Flynn Cameron, New Zealand
Kruz Perrott-Hunt, North Harbour
Isaac Faamausili, Manawatu
Jaga Mete-Smith, Waitakere
Max de Geest, Canterbury
Oscar Oswald, Manawatu
Samuel Mennenga, North Harbour
Maxim Stephens, Waikato
Tomas Higgins, Waikato Country
Maxwell Darling, Nelson/Canterbury
Rawiri Poppe, Waikato Country
James Moors, North Harbour
Gavin Briggs - Head Coach
Miles Pearce - Assistant Coach
Leyton Haddleton - Assistant Coach
Glenda Kaan - Manager
Todd Wolfe - Physio