Rhys Martin wins place in Boomers squad

Hawks guard Rhys Martin is honoured to make a 14-man Australian Boomers squad. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Hawks guard Rhys Martin is honoured to make a 14-man Australian Boomers squad. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

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Wollongong Hawks guard Rhys Martin has been named in the Australian Boomers squad.

Martin is one of eight NBL players chosen in the 14-man squad. The 27-year-old hopes to be part of the final 12-man team for a series against China.

Australia host China on May 29 and May 31 in Perth before the series shifts to China for the final two games on June 6 and June 8.

Martin has a good chance of being included in coach Andrej Lemanis's top 12.

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"It's always a great honour to play for Australia and to be included in camps like these," he said.

"Whether I make the team or not depends on what they're looking for. You never really know if they want to bring in young kids for the future and give them opportunities, or if they want to go with the guys who've gelled together the best. You can only go in and do your stuff and hope for the best."

Martin impressed for the Hawks in the 2013-14 season, helping them secure a top-four finish a year after he had major knee surgery.

"It's a hard thing to come back from an ACL injury after eight months and start playing again," he said.

"I was happy with the way my knee held up and I didn't have any other injuries throughout the year, so it was a good season. I started shooting the ball pretty well towards the end, so I was pretty happy with that.

"I've had a bit of a break, but I got a call a few weeks ago from Andrej and I started shooting and getting back into it earlier than I normally would at this time of year."

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