Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic had just 12 fit and available players to choose from for his 12-strong Olympic qualifying squad, so hopes for no more injuries.
The withdrawal of forward Isaac Fotu to prepare for his upcoming scholarship at University of Hawaii has left just the 12 available for next month's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.
Twenty-four players were initially available.
"It hasn't been an ideal process... but we've had so many injuries this year and unavailability, there weren't really too many guys to pick from," Vucinic said on Monday.
Four players will make their Tall Blacks debuts, including Tai Webster, just turned 17, who will be one of the youngest ever Tall Blacks.
The others are Everard Bartlett, 26, Josh Bloxham, 22, and after more than a decade on the fringe, veteran Hayden Allen, 32, who will finally follow father Glen into the national team, less than a year after surviving a near-fatal car crash.
"Initially, we probably didn't intend to go this deep, but with all the injuries, they have their chance," Vucinic said.
The team depart for Australia on Wednesday and will contest the Olympic qualifying tournament in Caracas from July 2-8, hoping to earn one of three spots still remaining in the men's draw at London.
New Zealand face Macedonia and Angola in pool play.The 2012 Tall Blacks: Hayden Allen (Auckland Pirates), Josh Bloxham (Nelson Giants), Everard Bartlett (Bay Hawks), Casey Frank (Wellington Saints), Leon Henry (Otago Nuggets), Jarrod Kenny (Bay Hawks), Robert Loe (St Louis University, US), Alex Pledger (Auckland Pirates), Lindsay Tait (Auckland Pirates), Jeremiah Trueman (Manawatu Jets), Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants), Tai Webster (Auckland Pirates).
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