D’ANGELO NAMED IN GEMS SQUAD
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | Basketball Australia has announced its Australian Gems squad in preparation for the 2019 FIBA Under 19 World Cup, with Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres NBL1 recruit Chelsea D’Angelo named to the 24-player program.
D’Angelo just last week helped guide Victoria to its tenth consecutive U20 National Championship, averaging an impressive 15.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals for the Gold Medallists. She will head into camp at Basketball Australia’s Centro of Excellence between May 5-7 before a final team is selected for the FIBA U19 World Cup held in Bangkok, Thailand late July.
The Gems have already qualified for the FIBA U19 World Cup having claimed bronze at the FIBA Asian U18 Championships last year.
“One of our main strengths in this squad is the depth of experience and exposure to international basketball,” said Gems coach Dee Butler.
“We have a large number of athletes that have competed at Under-17 and Under-19 World Cups, at Oceania and Asia qualifying tournaments as well as those within the US college system.
“We also have elite athletes with the appropriate conditioning and athleticism needed to implement repeated defensive efforts so I’m hoping our defence can be a trademark of this group.”
D’Angelo has made the move to Nunawading for the upcoming NBL1 season to work alongside Melbourne Boomers Assistant Coach and Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn.
“This is a fantastic achievement for Chelsea,” Flynn said following Basketball Australia’s squad announcement.
“Chelsea works incredibly hard on and off the court. She has increased her strength and all-round conditioning over the past 12 months and brings an incredibly versatile offensive game to the table.”
“What’s most impressive is her endeavour to make improvements on the defensive end and following a season of having to guard players with senior international and WNBA experience like Lindsay Allen and Steph Talbot, we’re seeing that translate into a significant defensive ability at NBL1 level and look forward to her taking that skillset into camp.”
The Gems will hold a follow up camp closer to the World Cup in July.