Boomers head to Melbourne for basketball world cup prep

A stacked Boomers squad featuring up to 10 NBA players will return to Melbourne for a warm-up tournament against top 20 sides ahead of their Basketball World Cup outing.

The national men's side will take on fellow world cup-bound countries Brazil (world No.13), Venezuela (17) and a rising South Sudan (62) side.

Melburnians can expect to see big NBA names including Josh Giddey, Dyson Daniels, Matisse Thybulle, Xavier Cooks, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Josh Green, Jack White, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova line up for the world No.3 Boomers.

"With the growth of basketball in Australia we are committed to delivering more events that showcase our national teams, as well as international players, so the next generation can watch their heroes and the best basketballers in the world," Basketball Australia chief executive Matt Scriven said.

A 15-man squad will hold a training session in Cairns ahead of the warm-up round robin-style tournament over three days at Rod Laver Arena in August, before jetting off to Japan for their world cup campaign.

The tournament will be hard-fought as all sides look to notch up wins under their belt ahead of the world cup, which is a key qualification event for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"The calibre of players set to take the court is world-class and these games will no doubt provide Australian basketball fans with an exciting and competitive showcase of international basketball," Ticketek chief executive Geoff Jones said.

Australia will face Finland, Germany and co-hosts Japan in Okinawa, with the champion to be crowned in the Philippines on September 10.