Boomers coach Brian Goorjian has confirmed his interest in two-time NBL MVP Bryce Cotton for next year’s Tokyo Olympics if his Australian citizenship is approved.
But concedes the Perth Wildcats superstar faces a tough task to make a full-strength national team.
Cotton, born in Arizona in the United States, is currently attempting to have his citizenship approval accelerated in a bid to be considered to represent Australia.
Goorjian concedes NBA guards like Ben Simmons, Dante Exum and are ahead of Cotton in a full-strength Australian team.
He also declared American-born/Sydney raised guard Matisse Thybulle is also in contention for Australian selection.
Regardless, Goorjian remains keen on Cotton – two-time NBL MVP – to least make the Boomers squad.
“Bryce is someone you would definitely have a strong look at,” Goorjian said.
“Again, there are so many variables with the team right now.
“Part of those variables are Exum and Simmons, both who are guards, and the kid Thybulle who falls in the line of Bryce because you get one guy that can be naturalised like that.
“So, you couldn’t have both.
“Let’s say there is a group of 20 to 25 players and Bryce would without a doubt be in that group and there is a strong eye on him.”
Boomers coach Brian Goorjian has confirmed his interest in Perth superstar Bryce Cotton for next year’s Tokyo Olympics if his Australian citizenship is approved. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Goorjian received a close look of Cotton on Tuesday night when his Hawks took on Perth in a pre-season game.
The American-born guard was at his brilliant best for the Wildcats, finishing with a game-high 25 points in a 91-83 win.
Goorjian was impressed with Cotton’s explosive game, confirming the three-time NBL champion is also in the mix to represent Australia at the 2023 World Cup in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
“He (Bryce) not only has the Olympics, but the World Cup (in 2023) is also right around the corner and he is someone that we are looking at closely,” he said.
“Also, when you go to the Olympics you don’t take the 12 best players.
“That doesn’t work. It might be that you need a good culture guy, a great defender or you need a three-point shooter.
“But Bryce is a very good player and the only thing about him is that he is a winner.
“I got to see him first-hand from arms distance and I was very impressed.”
Goorjian’s Hawks have received a blow with NBA signing Deng Adel set to be sidelined for at least a few weeks after suffering a calf injury during the team’s pre-season loss to Perth on Tuesday night.
The former Cleveland Cavalier finished with 10 points in an eye-catching performance that included a runway dunk.
Adel will take no part in Thursday night‘s second pre-season game against the Wildcats but has played down the seriousness of the injury.
“Look it definitely sucks, especially so late in the game, but it doesn‘t feel too bad this morning so hopefully it’s just a minor setback,“ Adel said.
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