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Tai Webster and Isaac Fotu have both been named as stand-by players, but will not travel back from Europe to play Syria and Jordan at the end of the month.
However, the side is boosted by the return of two long-time campaigners in Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger.
There is plenty of youth in the squad as well.
Australian-based seven-footer Tyrell Harrison, who has a New Zealand father, has been named.
An athletic big man, he has spent the past two seasons with the Brisbane Bullets.
Rosmini College guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt has also been named in the team after leading his school to a national championship in September.
The remainder of the squad is fairly standard, with the notable inclusion of Canterbury-product Ethan Rusbatch, giving him the potential to play at home in Christchurch.
Canterbury players Taylor Britt and Michael Karena were both also named in the stand-by group.
Tall Blacks squad to play Jordan and Syria
Shea Ili, Corey Webster, Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Jarrod Kenny, Tom Abercrombie, Reuben Te Rangi, Finn Delany, Mika Vukona, Jordan Ngatai, Ethan Rusbatch, Tohi Smith-Milner, Alex Pledger, Rob Loe, Tyrell Harrison.
Taylor Britt, Isaac Fotu, Hyrum Harris, Michael Karena, Dom Kelman-Poto, Taine Murray, Dion Prewster, Derone Raukawa, Tom Vodanovich, Tai Webster.