18 Athletes Selected to Attend Senior Men’s National Team Training & Selection Camp

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TORONTO, ON (August 18, 2017) – Canada Basketball’s Men’s High Performance program is pleased to announce the 18 athletes who will attend the Senior Men’s National Team training and selection camp at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto from August 19-24.

“We are excited to begin our journey to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with the first test being the FIBA AmeriCup 2017,” said Roy Rana, Head Coach. “We are thankful for the opportunity to represent our country, look forward to competing for an Americas Championship and build towards November with an even deeper pool of talent.”

Rana will be joined by assistant coaches Craig Beaucamp, Jack Sikma, Michael Meeks and Nathaniel Mitchell.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played from August 25 to September 3, 2017 and brings together America’s best 12 men’s national teams.

Canada will be part of Group B in Bahía Blanca, Argentina and will take on the United States Virgin Islands on August 27 before facing Argentina and Venezuela to conclude the group phase. The top team in each group will advance to the Final Four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.

“The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 is an opportunity for the program to assess our athlete pool and identify players to potentially join the team for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in November,” said Jay Triano, Senior Men’s National Team Program Head Coach.

Following the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, Canada’s pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue with the Americas Qualifiers where 16 teams will compete for seven World Cup spots.

Canada will face Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands in Group D.  Each team will compete against the other three teams on a home and away basis with Canada hosting the first game against Bahamas in Halifax, NS on November 24, 2017.

Canada’s men are currently ranked 8th in the Americas and 24th globally.

Tryouts and training are closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

Practices will take place at the BioSteel Centre (20 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON).

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Sunday, August 20
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, August 22
2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability

Thursday, August 24
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

2017 SMNT TRAINING CAMP LIST

Name        Position Height Hometown 2016-17 Team
Jermaine Anderson Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON Chalons-Reims (France)
Brady Heslip Guard 6’2 Oakville, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Nazareth Mitrou-Long Guard 6’4 Mississauga, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Dyshawn Pierre Small Forward 6’6 Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Murphy Burnatowski Power Forward 6’7 Kitchener, ON Fribourg (Switzerland)
Joel Anthony Centre 6’9 Montreal, QC San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Ammanuel Diressa Guard 6’5 Toronto, ON Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
Warren Ward Guard 6’5 London, ON Windsor Express (NBL)
Daniel Mullings Guard 6’3 Toronto, ON Kataja Basket (Finland)
Olivier Hanlan Guard 6’4 Gatineau, QC Le Mans (France)
Ransford Brempong Power Forward 6’8 Brampton, ON SB Battle (USA)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Guard 6’4 Scarborough, ON Florida State (NCAA)
Junior Cadougan Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON London Lightning (NBL)
Justin Edwards Guard 6’3 Scarborough, ON Betaland Cdo (Italy)
Richard Amardi Forward 6’9 Toronto, ON Niagara River Lions (NBL)
Grandy Glaze Forward 6’7 Toronto, ON Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico)
Joel Friesen Guard 6’4 Abbotsford, BC London Lightning (NBL)
Andrew Nicholson Power Forward 6’9 Mississauga, ON Washington Wizards /
Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

2017 SMNT STAFF LIST

Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Craig Beaucamp Assistant Coach Victoria, BC
Jack Sikma Assistant Coach Kankakee, Illinois
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON
Nathaniel Mitchell Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Kelly Forbes Performance Consultant Calgary, AB
Jay Triano SMNT Program Head Coach Tillsonburg, ON
David Grundman Team Manager Toronto, ON
Dipesh Mistry Video Coordinator Markham, ON
Phil Jevtovic Performance Analyst Toronto, ON
Samuel Gibbs Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Jason Meehan Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Charlie Weingroff Strength and Conditioning Coach Newark, NJ
John Philpott Team Doctor Miramichi, NB

2017 SMNT SCHEDULE

ITEM DATES LOCATION
Training Camp August 19-August 24 Toronto, ON, Canada
Training in Argentina August 26 Bahía Blanca, Argentina
FIBA Americup 2017
  • August 27 vs. Virgin Islands
  • August 28 vs. Argentina
  • August 29 vs. Venezuela
  • Semifinals
  • Finals
Bahía Blanca, Argentina

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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