Duncan to Represent Australia
June 17, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia - Boise State men's basketball rising junior Nick Duncan was selected to represent Australia at the 2015 World University Games, the country's governing body for basketball announced Wednesday. Duncan was one of 12 men selected to the Emerging Boomers for the international competition, which will take place July 3-14, in South Korea.

"It is a great feeling making the team and an honor to represent my country again," Duncan said. "I look forward to playing some great international basketball whilst creating some good teammates."

Duncan was initially one of 16 invited to the selection camp held June 15-18, from which the 12-member team was chosen by head coach Andrej Lemanis and staff. Lemanis also serves as the head coach for Australia's Olympic team. World University Games teams can be comprised of students currently attending a university or recent graduates born between 1990 and 1997.

The tournament opens with pool play. Australia is in a group with Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Japan and Lithuania.

The Australian team will travel to China June 22-28, for a tune-up trip prior to the World University Games. Duncan and the rest of the squad will play in a pair of three-game tournaments during the week-long stay.

"I'll definitely try and work on my game and progress over the summer playing against some great competition," Duncan said. "It will be very different playing in China and Korea, under the different rules of FIBA. It will be a great way to adapt my game and become a better player."

Duncan is one of five team members expected to play for a U.S. college next season. Additionally, former New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood will be on the team.

Former Bronco Igor Hadziomerovic helped Australia to a silver medal in the 2013 World University Games. The runner-up finish is the best in Australia's history at the event, previously finishing as high as seventh on two different occasions.

Duncan has previously donned the green and gold on the international stage. He was the team's leading rebounder at the 2011 U17 World Championships, on the way to a silver medal. At the 2013 U19 World Championships Duncan led the entire tournament in three-point shooting at 55 percent, helping Australia to a fourth-place finish.

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