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Vasiljevic: 'Coming to Adelaide gave me Olympic hope'

11 Apr
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Dale Fletcher

DJ Vasiljevic says coming 'home' to the NBL and making the move to the 36ers played big role in Boomers Olympic squad selection

Adelaide 36ers star guard DJ Vasiljevic said his return to the NBL played a huge part in being named in the Australian Boomers initial squad for the Paris Olympic Games.

Vasiljevic was named in Australia’s 22-man squad on Thursday and the 190cm guard said his move back to the NBL was key in making the initial line-up.

“It’s always an honour to make these squads, it’s the main reason I came back to the NBL,” Vasiljevic said on Thursday.

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“If I stayed in the US and played in the G-League, I don’t think Goorj (head coach Brian Goorjian) would have seen what he needed to see from me.

“I think I put myself in a great position playing for Adelaide and allowing him (Goorjian) to see the real me and how I can impact a game.”

Vasiljevic was part of the Boomers recent FIBA window, where Australia defeated Korea and Indonesia, and said playing in the Boomers system was a great opportunity to showcased his skillset.

“I didn’t shoot the ball particularly well during the FIBA window, but I showed what I can bring to the team, impacting the game in different ways, especially with my playmaking,” Vasiljevic said.

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“Coming to Adelaide has really given me this opportunity, the organisation has the trust in me to lead the team for the next three years along with Isaac (Humphries) and I can’t wait to see where the future holds.”

The Boomers 22-man squad will be trimmed before training camp in July.

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