NBA leaguer Josh Giedy (Oklahoma City) is expected to join Australia, which is aiming for the best record ever in the World Cup.

FIBA (International Basketball Federation) predicted Australia’s participation in the 2023 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup through an interview with Gidi on the 31st (Korean time). The World Cup will be held in the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia from August 25 to September 10. The group draw will be held on April 29 in Manila, Philippines.

Australia’s best ever World Cup finish was 4th in the 2019 China Tournament. Australia advanced to the semifinals for the first time ever and tried to qualify, but lost to France 59-67 in the 3rd and 4th place matches.

FIBA said, “Australia has done well in recent World Cups, Olympics and Asian Cups, but new talent is always needed. NBA star Guidi will fill that role.” In fact, Gidi said in an interview during the All-Star Weekend, “I’m sure. I will be on the national team this summer.” FIBA predicted this to mean that “a new world star will be born at the World Cup.”바카라사이트

In February 2020, at the age of 17, Gidi was selected as the FIBA ​​Asian Cup qualifier national team and set a record for Australia’s youngest national team, surpassing Ben Simmons (19 years old). Although Gidey entered the NBA and left the national team, Australia also rose to the ranks. It has consistently demonstrated competitiveness on the international stage, such as winning a bronze medal for the first time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

FIBA said, “Australia is the 3rd strongest player in the FIBA ​​rankings. With Gidi’s talent and confidence, he will have the opportunity to make something special at the World Cup.” Gidi also said, “I can feel the love of Australian fans from the other side of the world. I am grateful to have them behind me. Having a lot of passionate fans will motivate me.”

Meanwhile, Gidi averaged 16.5 points, 1 3-point shot, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 72 games this season. Taking advantage of the 203cm guard, he is showing his versatility. His 3-point shot, which was pointed out as a weakness in his debut season, also shows room for improvement, and he is called the future of the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Shai Gilgeous Alexander.

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