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The three players who could break into the Boomers World Cup squad

The Boomers clinched a second consecutive FIBA Asia Cup crown on Sunday, holding off a furious comeback attempt from Lebanon to complete an undefeated national team window in July.

The NBL heavy squad finished 3-0 in FIBA World Cup Qualifying at the start of the month, before winning six straight games at the Asia Cup to claim the trophy.

Matthew Dellavedova was the only member of the Olympic bronze medal winning squad to suit up, with head coach Brian Goorjian declaring spots were up for grabs at next year's World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"We've got to start taking these windows seriously and in order to do that, the guys that play in this have to have some sort of reward," Goorjian said at training camp in Melbourne.

"I'm watching this very, very closely and there's nothing more I would like than a couple of these guys to knock out a couple of the others and have an opportunity to play in this.

"We need our top, top, top NBL players in this to get to where we need to go. This is a test, and I would like to reward a couple of these guys moving forward."

The 2023 FIBA World Cup is just over 12 months away, with the tournament to be held in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10.

While many of the Australian NBA contingent are expected to be available, let's take a look at some of the players who performed in the green and gold and could potentially break into the squad for the major tournaments ahead.

Jack White

I recently had a friend in the US ask me who would be the Boomers starting five if the Olympics started tomorrow and I had to take a considerable pause.

For so long predicting the starting five has been an easy job, but of course, if the tournament started tomorrow, it would rule out long time star of the Boomers program, Joe Ingles.

After much deliberation, I settled on Josh Giddey, Patty Mills, Matisse Thybulle, Jack White and Jock Landale.

Whether or not he starts next year (Ingles is hopefully back healthy and on the floor by that time), it's impossible to deny that White will be in the mix after an outstanding qualifying window was followed by a Summer League campaign that earned him a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets.

Still just 24 years old, there appears significant room to grow on the offensive side of the ball, particularly in the halfcourt, but White already possesses so many of the traits we come to expect from the Boomers.

A versatile defender and elite rebounder who plays above the rim, those around him have consistently praised his leadership as a high-quality locker-room presence. With a number of emerging NBA stars coming out of Australia, White feels like the latest glue guy who just makes all the right plays in all the right moments.

Thon Maker

Maker simply needed to play.

The big man who impacted NBA playoff games in previous years has been out of the spotlight after taking an extended period away from competition to heal numerous nagging injuries.

By his own admission, it was a rusty start in the first couple of games in Melbourne, before he produced consistent high-level two-way play to end the Asia Cup in the tournament's All-Star Five.

"The biggest thing I needed is to just get my rhythm back and to play and get the swag back of just enjoying the game and playing. Not sitting on the bench, not doing drills and waiting, just playing, making things happen," Maker recently told ESPN.

"The first few games were rusty, you could tell. The coaches and Delly were reminding me that it was understandable, I hadn't played much. I just tried to speed up that time, try to push myself."

Maker led Australia in scoring for the tournament, tallying 17.2 points per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks.

Without a club for the upcoming season as of Sunday, Maker's performance is sure to increase an already busy market for his services.

For the better part of the last decade, Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes locked up the majority of the minutes at the five, with Jock Landale's emergence following. If Maker is to secure a spot in the squad, he will likely be in a battle with Baynes, Duop Reath, the reliable Nick Kay, White and Xavier Cooks among others in a typically talented big man rotation.

Tyrese Proctor

Remarkably calm.

Seemingly unphased by every big moment throughout the tournament, Proctor faced the ultimate test in his first big tournament playing with the Boomers.

With Lebanon storming home and threatening to cause a major upset, Proctor went to the line with 8.7 seconds remaining as Australia led 72-71.

Given the trend of the last few minutes, it was a huge moment for the teenager, who calmly knocked down both free-throws as if he was in a gym getting up shots after practice. No fuss.

Committed to Duke for the upcoming college season, there is considerable buzz around the talented guard as he looks to follow Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels to the NBA.

"I watched him and saw the talent, he can go, man. He reminded me of Dante Exum. The first time I saw Exum was 2012 before he was drafted and you could see how talented he was," Maker told ESPN of his first look of Proctor.

"Some of the passes (Proctor) makes coming off the pick-and-roll, skipping it to the corner from the weakside one hand, that's NBA skill already. His individual moves to score and get to the bucket to score or dish, he's got that. He's got the 3-point down this trip; he's really exciting to watch."

One of the first off the bench throughout the campaign, Proctor was tied with Sam Froling as the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 10.5 points per game while also connecting on 40.7 percent of his long-range attempts.

The squeeze for spots at the World Cup and Olympics will be real, with Giddey and Daniels to potentially come in at the guard position. While the Boomers ultimately opted against taking Giddey to the Olympics in a move that surprised many, Proctor should at minimum be in the mix based on what we just witnessed in Indonesia.

Speaking of guards, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention Will McDowell-White, who was excellent throughout the entire month for the Boomers. Goorjian highlighted McDowell-White prior to the Melbourne window, with his consistent minutes certain to raise his stock with the Boomers program.

Mills, Giddey, Daniels, Dellavedova, Exum, Proctor, McDowell-White is incredible guard depth and that's before we mention long time Boomers Chris Goulding and Nathan Sobey. The list goes on.

Australian basketball is absolutely flying.