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Sixers MVP called into Boomers squad

Adelaide 36er Daniel Johnson has been selected to play for the Boomers. Picture: Simon Cross Source: The Advertiser SIXERS centre Daniel Johnson will join Mitch Creek in the Australian Olympic squad Sixers coach and Boomers assistant Marty Clarke said Creek had thrived in his past two seasons with the Sixers thanks to his great athletic ability."Having another couple of years of development, he will get the most out of his ability," Clarke said.While the pair’s inclusion in the Boomers squad doesn’t guarantee an appearance at the London Games, Johnson said he would push to be included in the Australian team."There’s a lot of big men in my position, they’re a bit older and been in the program a long while so it was definitely a good surprise to be picked," he said. "I’ll go there and do whatever I’m asked to do and hopefully impress them." The 212cm centre was the Sixers’ Most Valuable Player in the 2011-12 season and was also named the NBL’s Most Improved Player this year."I did a lot of work in the pre-season leading up to it so I was expecting some amount of success, obviously not as much as I got, it was definitely a good surprise," he said.Johnson predicted a good result for the Boomers at the Olympics."We’ve got a lot of good quality players who have been together for a while now – they’ll do really well, so it will be good to see," he said.Clarke said selection in the squad was a good reward for the efforts Johnson and Creek had put in during the last few years."It’s great to have two guys from our club in a position to be able to represent their country," he said.But he said the road to London would not necessarily be easy for the pair."Once you have a foot in the door your destiny is in your own hands," Clarke said."There are people who have been in those squads for a long time, David Anderson who has NBA experience (and) Matt Nielson, who has been a perennial winner in Europe, playing in Daniel’s position."Clarke said filling the hole left by injured dual-Olympian and NBA star Andrew Bogut would be difficult."The group that is starting to get assembled has been around and familiar with themselves and familiar with Brett Brown’s coaching style and his expectations," he said."We will have to take the group in a different direction."He’s a player you set a game style around, if he’s not there you will have to change that."The squad will travel to Perth next month for a training camp before a team is selected to play against China.Australia will play games against Greece in late June in Melbourne .

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