International Experience

A number of Crusaders have represented their native countries in international competition. Most notably, Joaquim Gomes played for the Angolan national team at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games, as well as the FIBA World Championship, FIBA African Championship and other top-tier international tournaments.

In the summer of 2012, Ryan Broekhoff was one of 25 players on the 2012 Australian Boomers basketball squad. The senior was one of 12 Australian players to be named to the Australian Boomers squad which faced China in the YouYi Games series. Broekhoff saw 23 minutes of action over the three games in the series, making his senior international debut. Broekhoff was one of 15 finalists for a spot on the 12-player team which represented Australia in the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2011, Broekhoff represented Australia at the World University Games.

A second member of the current roster, sophomore Vashil Fernandez, also made his senior international debut last summer, representing his native Jamaica at the 2012 FIBA CentroBasket tournament. ¬†Fernandez helped Jamaica to its best-ever finish at the tournament, as Jamaica claimed the bronze medal. ¬†Fernandez became the 13th player in Crusader men’s basketball history to represent his country at the senior international level, while a number of other Crusaders have represented their native countries on a junior level.