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Coaches unhappy at AJ, DJ DCMs


ROB Beveridge was disappointed when AJ Ogilvy was left out of the latest Boomers squad but fellow NBL coach Joey Wright is equally miffed at recent omissions of Daniel Johnson and Anthony Drmic.

Johnson missed the Boomers squad for Asia Cup preparations and Wright, the NBL’s 2017 Coach of the Year, was equally alarmed Drmic is not among the league’s All Stars team China-bound for a three-game series.

Both were key members of Wright’s Adelaide 36ers team which last season claimed its first regular season championship since 2000 before being ousted by Beveridge’s Hawks 2-1 in the semi finals.

“DJ wasn’t invited to camp and that’s very disappointing,” Wright said.

“At a time when the Australian team is going to need its NBL players to qualify for the World Cup, you would think DJ should get a look.

“He was NBL All Star Five First Team in this season just past which means he was in our top five players, imports included.

“For him not to be invited when they plan on playing NBL guys in the (FIBA World Cup) qualifying rounds, and he’s in our top five players, is a mystery to me.”

DJ ON SONG: Daniel Johnson takes it to the hoop against New Zealand.

It also means the NBL’s All Star Five First Team’s power forward and centre both were passed over, Ogilvy’s omission drawing disappointment from his Illawarra coach.

“I think we’ve all made mistakes in our lives and everyone deserves a second chance,” he said.

Ogilvy though also is missing from Beveridge’s NBL All Stars team bound for matches against China in Beijing on July 5, Jilin on July 7 and Dongguan on July 9.

Beveridge said he had tweaked the ankle which hampered him through the latter stages of the 2017 playoffs.

Wright said he was stunned when Drmic, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, was not named in the NBL All Stars team which includes two import free agents and one player who was inactive for much of 2016-17.

“I mean they can pick who they want and they obviously have, but we had the Rookie of the Year in our group and you’d think he’d be a candidate for a team like this,” Wright said.

“Drmic was the best young player in the competition.

“It’s extremely disappointing for the players and the club, with the season we had.”

ROOKIE of the YEAR: Anthony Drmic showing typical hustle for the 36ers.

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