Isabel Palmer has been named as part of the 24-player squad bound for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in July.
The roster – brimming with college and WNBL talent – is set to hold a a camp at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra from May 5, with the aim to begin preparations for the July tournament.
Eight members of the squad that secured bronze at the 2018 iteration of the younger age level event re-join the team alongside Palmer, who also boasts the third-place honour. These returning players include Jazmin Shelley, Ula Motuga, Lily Scanlon, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Miela Goodchild, Sam Simons, Ashlee Hannan, and Isobel Anstey.
“One of our main strengths in this squad is the depth of experience and exposure to international basketball,” Gems coach Dee Butler told Basketball Australia
“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.”
A second camp to select the final squad will be held at a time closer to the tournament. The Under 19 World Cup will run from July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Gems also set to play a number of practice games against international opposition prior to the tournament.