Team Canada women on the right track heading into FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup plus other takeaways

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(Toronto, ON) In early September, the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team travelled to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, for a two-game exhibition series against two very tough opponents in Japan and the United States. These two games were a test to see how their speed and athleticism would match up against two powerhouse squads.

It’s safe to say that after two games, Team Canada is on the right track thus far.

Canada held a double-digit lead for much of the game against Japan and eventually won, 76-69, despite 13 made triples allowed. The women outclassed Japan on the glass (45-36) and were superior in ball movement (24-11 in assists).

Team Canada held a 40-28 lead at halftime against the top ranked Americans and even held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. But 15 unanswered points from the United States gave them a lead that they would not relinquish as Canada fell, 74-68.

“We know we can defend them full court. Our speed gave both teams difficulties,” women’s national head coach Lisa Thomaidis said on some of the positives from the two-game series. “And on the offensive end, we scored a lot on the first side which I didn’t think would be happening.”

Canada used their size advantage against Japan and their mental toughness was tested against the United States.

“With the exception of Ruth (Hamblin), everyone else can stretch it out to the perimeter, shoot outside shots, and handle the ball confidently,” forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe said.


Natalie Achonwa

It wasn’t all good news, however, as the Canadians suffered a huge blow to their frontcourt when Center Kayla Alexander suffered an MCL injury in the exhibition game against USA. Considering that it was her first time making the senior team on top of that made Thomaidis feel even worse when she heard the news.

“So sad for her,” Thomaidis said. “She really showed how well she can rebound and defend at that position. To lose her is a big hit and it’ll force others to step up.”

One player who stood out consistently with her inside presence was Indiana Fever power forward Natalie Achonwa, scoring in double figures in both games.

“I really picked my poison; I shot the shots that were my shots,” Achonwa said, who shot 72 per cent from the field in the two game series. “I play within my game and that (maturity) just has come with age. It’s learning what your strengths are and taking advantage of them.”

She finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds on 80 per cent shooting from the field against Japan before stuffing the stat sheet against the Americans with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Kia Nurse

New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse led all scorers in the game against the Americans with 22 points as Team Canada led by as many as 16 in the first quarter alone. But the disparity from the free throw line (29-13) and rebounding (51-38) categories ultimately decided the game in favour of the Americans.

As training camp wound down, Raincock-Ekunwe says that despite the short training camp, the team will be ready for the world championships.

“It’s been intense and it’s been competitive,” Raincock-Ekunwe said. “It’s been short but within the week that we’ve had a training camp, we’ve gotten a lot done and pushed each other.”

Note: Alexander was replaced on the roster by Jamie Weisner-Scott, an alum of and star of Oregon State University from 2012 to 2016. Scott has already suited up for Canada and fit seamlessly with the team in Tenerife.

A SUMMER OF FIRSTS FOR WOMEN IN CANADIAN BASKETBALL

It has been an historic summer for women in Canadian basketball. The first significant event occurred in late July with an inaugural women’s game at the Nike Crown League that pitted the Toronto All Stars against the under 18 Canadian women’s team, which turned out to be a competitive treat for the fans.

“I’ve been around Crown League for a really good time and I was fortunate enough to be invited by everybody there and Nike arranging that to happen while I was back home,” Nurse said, who tipped off the game. “For women’s basketball, we need to see more leagues and places where it’s showcased.”

And just over a month ago, recently retired Team Canada player Tamara Tatham was named to the Raptors 905 coaching staff as a mentor coach, becoming the first Canadian woman to be named on the staff of an NBA G League team.

“Tamara (Tatham) would be really great at it; she’s a great player herself and has a great basketball IQ,” Nurse said. “It’ll be a lot of fun to see what happens but big props to her and thanks for putting women on the map.”

“The growth and the rise of basketball in Canada is here to stay,” Thomaidis said about the turn of events. “It’s really exploding on the scene and we have to continue to build on the momentum that we’ve generated and keep driving it forward.”

 

Michelle Plouffe

UP NEXT

After wrapping up another exhibition series in Antibes, France, from September 15th-17th, where they beat Senegal but fell to the French and the Americans, the journey for the sixth ranked Canadians towards getting a medal at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup begins on Saturday Sept. 22 against Greece in Tenerife, Spain, at 12:30 pm. EST. Games can be stream on DAZN 

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Photos by Trung Ho

Inaugural Pangos All-Canada Camp showcased some top Canadian basketball talent

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TORONTO, ONT- For 16 years, the Pangos All-American Camp has showcased some of the top underclassmen in the country. During the last five years, however, the amount of Canadian basketball talent has also been on a steady climb.

Pangos took notice and during the weekend of Aug 25th-26th, the camp touched down north of the border for the first time ever.

The Pangos All-Canada Camp was held at St. Michael’s College during that weekend and showcased not only the top young players in Toronto but also, according to Pangos and Full Court Press director Dinos Trigonis, its remarkable depth as well.

““People kind of focus on the top of the food chain; I think the depth here is much better than people think,” Trigonis said. “There’s certain programs in the U.S that have taken the time to cultivate the recruiting out here.”

Trigonis noted that Pepperdine University previously took notice years ago of the blossoming talent in Canada.

“I think a lot of mid level schools could really do well recruiting here,” Trigonis said.

Trigonis said that the ‘Cream of the Crop’ Top 50 game was more guard-oriented while the Top 25 game showcased more from the wings and the forwards.

“The top game really showed a kind of quality of talent amongst the wings, forwards, and guys with really good athletic potential,” Trigonis said.

Here are some of the standouts from the Top 25 ‘Cream of the Crop’ All-Star Game.

‘CREAM OF THE CROP’ TOP 25 GAME MVP

Derrell Pereira-McLaughlin

Height: 6’5”

Class: 2019

School: Pine Ridge Secondary School (Pickering)

‘CREAM OF THE CROP’ STATLINE: 15 points, 12 rebounds

On his relentlessness on the glass: “When I started playing basketball, I was mainly a rebounder. My coach taught me that if you can’t rebound, you won’t get to the other end of the basket. I just like rebounding because it just shows dominance on the court.”

Takeaways from the camp: “The knowledge to have space during the game. There’s a lot of scorers in this gym right now so you have to move without the ball, be able to pass, and know when not to pass.”

On the atmosphere that Pangos provided: “It was great. A lot of competitive people that I’ve never seen before in Toronto; there’s a couple of people that came down here from the States to play. It’s probably the best camp I’ve ever been to; it’s just a great space to be around with a lot of people smiling and having fun.”

Areas to work on: “A lot of coaches told me I need to work on my shot; mid range pull up and dribble pull up.”

What to expect next: “Going straight to the gym, working on my game, and my shot. I’m just going to work on that and put in a bunch of hours because I’m hungry.”


Derrell Pereira-McLaughlin, Jevonnie Scott & Taryn Todd

PANGOS ALL-CANADA CAMP CO-MOPs 

Jevonnie Scott

Height: 6’7”

Class: 2019

School: Athlete Institute (Orangeville)

‘CREAM OF THE CROP’ TOP 25 STATLINE: 21 points, six rebounds

Scott looked like the most confident player in the Top 25 game as he bullied his way to the rim for multiple made baskets inside and even hit three triples, showing his versatility and range, and kept the defence honest as Team Black won, 96-75.

Taryn Todd

Height: 6’6”

Class: 2020

School: Findlay Prep (Nevada)

‘CREAM OF THE CROP’ TOP 25 STATLINE: 18 points, nine rebounds

The southpaw wing was smooth throughout the entire game as he endlessly went to his left and finished at the rim. He even picked up a pair of blocked shots, showing his willingness to be a force on both sides of the game while shining for Team White. Since the Pangos Camp, Todd announced he will be attending the heralded Findlay Prep school in Las Vegas Nevada, following in the footsteps of other Canadian ballers like Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Myck Kabongo, Dillon Brooks, OShae Brissett and others.

What they wanted to work on during the camp

Scott: “One skill I wanted to work on was my jump shot. I haven’t been shooting well this AAU season so that was something I needed to improve on.”

Todd: “I wanted to work on was my jump shot. I wanted to create for my jump shot because I already know that I can get to the basket.”

Areas to work on for upcoming season

Scott: “Decision making. I am not going to be in that big man category for long. So I need to learn how to come off screens and know when to pass or shoot.”

Todd: “Creating off of my jump shot. Getting off screens and pulling up.”

OTHER NOTABLE PLAYERS

Kevon Watt

Height: 6’0”

Class: 2020

School: Downsview Secondary (Toronto)

On Pangos coming to Toronto: “It was a great opportunity for everybody because not a lot of Canadians get the exposure that Americans get. For them to come down to Canada is a blessing.

Improvements: “Being more of a leader and my work ethic. Dinos (Trigonis) was telling us that it’s not where you start but where you finish.”

Areas to work on: “Taking less dribbles and having a better jump shot. I don’t shoot that much but I need to get more shots up. I’m not that tall so to play at the next level, I’m going to need to shoot the ball at a higher percentage.”

Yaw Obeng

Height: 6’7”

Class: 2019

School: Red Devils Academy (Orlando, FL)

Takeaways from the camp: “I came here knowing I was underrated. I wanted to show my skills in front of all these coaches for them to see that I could be a D1 player in the future. I wanted to show my shooting, defense, and handles.”

On Toronto basketball getting more attention after Pangos: “Toronto is going to get a lot more recognition after this. It’s going to reach out to a lot more Canadians. Even American guys can come down here and show their skills.”

Improvements: “I improved on shooting more, attacking the basket, talking more on defense, and showing my defensive capabilities.”

Areas to work on: “My major thing to work on is my focus defensively. I could play great defense for five minutes at a time but then I’d get tired and not put in as much effort.”

What to expect next: “I’m about to go to the States next season to play for Red Devils Academy in Orlando, Florida. I’m trying to get out there and show off my skills.”

Markus Harding

Height: 6’8”

Class: 2019

School: Father Henry Carr Prep (Toronto)

Top 50 ‘Cream of the Crop Game’ participants

Takeaways from the camp: “How intense it is. When I came in here, it was kind of hard because everybody was going 100 per cent. I had to work hard and be 100 per cent all the time.”

Reaction when Pangos came to Toronto: “I was surprised when I found out they were coming to Canada. When I found out, I wanted to be a part of it right away.”

Improvements: “I would say my shooting because before, I wasn’t a shooter but recently, I’ve become more of a better shooter and in the showcase, I was able to show it and prove myself. In my first game, I hit seven threes, the second game I hit four and the last game, I hit two.”

Areas to work on: “I need to work on my vertical and get a little bit stronger. I’m tall so I most likely have to play Center. I’ve got to have a bigger body for that.”

What to expect next: “Be ranked and be one of the best in Canada.”

And with that, the first of hopefully many Pangos All-Canada Camps wrapped up.

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Canada sweeps fourth window with road win over Chile in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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VALDIVIA, CHILE (September 17, 2018) – Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team picked up a 84-61 win on the road over Chile to improve to 7-1 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Click here for the box score.

Joel Anthony scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds and three blocks for Canada.  Brady Heslip shot 50% from beyond the arc, scoring 12 points, while Justin Jackson added 10 points and six rebounds in his Qualifiers debut.

Leading 23-16 after the first quarter, Canada stretched their lead to 13 points and entered halftime with a 43-30 lead.

Backed by a sellout crowd at Coliseo Antonio Azurmendy in Valdivia, Chile shrunk the Canadian lead to just six points before Canada answered with a 15-1 run to end the quarter and head into the fourth with 20-point advantage, 66-46.

With a comfortable lead, Canada outscored Chile for the fourth straight quarter and cruised to the 84-61 victory.  With the win, Canada moves back into first place in Group F with a 7-1 record.

Click here for the roster.

QUOTES

“Obviously it’s really difficult playing on the road, especially with this format.  To have that long travel and have the guys able to take care of their bodies… We stayed mentally and physically focused and came out and executed the game plan.  Everyone really stepped up and did a good job securing us a really important win.” – Joel Anthony

“Great and important road win with an electric crowd in Valdivia, Chile.  I thought our guys once again showed mental toughness and resilience to win this type of game.  We never folded, were always together and proud to be Canadian.” – Head Coach Roy Rana

UP NEXT

Canada head back out on the road for a first-place showdown with Venezuela on Friday, November 30.  Catch all the action streaming live in Canada on DAZN.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

ON POINT: Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa with Drew Ebanks Part 2

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This is the second of a 2-part exclusive interview with Canadian WNBA player Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever.

The interview took place after Natalie returned to Canada after winning the South Korean league Championship with Asan Woori Bank Wibee and prior to her recently completed 2018 WNBA season in which she averaged 10.3ppg (3rd best) and 6.9rpg (team-high) and 2.5 offrebgame (team-high) while shooting 52.7% FG & 80% FT. Achonwa was the only player to start and play all 34 games for the Fever.

Achonwa sits down in a candid talk with On Point’s Drew Ebanks that you won’t want to miss.

Natalie is currently in Toronto participating in Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) training camp prior to some tune up games vs. Japan, USA and France before heading to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain from September 22nd-30th, 2018

Produced by: Drew Ebanks
Hosted by: Drew Ebanks
Filmed and Edited by: Ben Agbeke

Special thanks to Natalie Achonwa, Canada Basketball and
the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Copyright On Point Basketball Inc. 2018 All rights reserved.

Canada defeats Senegal in Final Game of France Exhibition Series

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ANTIBES, FRA (September 17, 2018) –  Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team defeated Senegal 75-56 on Monday evening in the finale of a three-game exhibition series ahead of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Click here for the box score.

For the third consecutive game, a Canadian was the leading scorer as Nirra Fields had a game-high 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.  Miranda Ayim and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe each scored 10 points, while Jamie Scott and Ayim finished tied with a game-high eight rebounds.

Following a back-and-forth start to the game for the second time in as many days, Canada used a small 5-0 run midway through the frame to establish some distance.  The lead would grow to as many as seven points as the first quarter ended with Canada in front 21-14.

A 12-0 run that carried over from the first quarter helped Canada build a 29-14 lead early in the second.  Canada was feeling it from beyond the arc in the opening half, connecting on 7-of-15 from downtown and entered halftime with a 42-25 advantage.

After being outscored 17-12 by Senegal in the third quarter, Canada once again found their offensive groove in the fourth as they cruised to the 75-56 victory.

With the exception of the third quarter, Canada scored 21 points in each of the remaining three quarters.

Click here for the roster.

QUOTES

“Overall I think it was a good tournament to prepare us to go into the World Cup.  We faced very good opponents, each with a different challenge for us.  We saw a lot of things we need to work on and a lot of things that are very positive.” – Miranda Ayim

“We’re happy to have the chance to play a number of players tonight with a shortened roster.  We executed some things and gained some clarity around what we need to continue to improve upon before the World Cup.  Happy to get the win and off to Tenerife tomorrow.” – Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis

UP NEXT

Following this victory, Canada will now travel to Tenerife, Spain for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.  Canada opens the tournament on Saturday, September 22 at 12:30 PM ET against Greece.

To stay updated on the Senior Women’s National Team, follow Canada Basketball on Twitter.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Roster announced for Thursday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers Game

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LAVAL, QC (September 12, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12-man roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers game against Brazil on Thursday.

See Senior Men’s National Team roster vs Brazil below

Canada resumes the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers with a first-place showdown against Brazil on Thursday, September 13 in Laval at Place Bell. Click here for ticket information.

Following Thursday’s game, Canada will travel to Valdivia to face Chile on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. EDT to conclude the fourth window.

Both games can also be streamed live in Canada on DAZN.

Head Coach Roy Rana will lead Team Canada and be joined by assistant coaches Patrick Tatham, J.D. Jackson and Michael Meeks.

With the first round of qualification now complete, the top three teams from Group B, Venezuela (5-1), Brazil (5-1) and Chile (1-5), and Group D, Canada (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (2-4), will form Group F.  Canada will now face Venezuela, Brazil and Chile on a home and away basis.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China will be the biggest edition of FIBA’s flagship event with a record 32 participating teams playing 92 games over 16 days.

For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify 7 teams directly for the following year’s Olympic Games.

SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

Last / Current Club

Aaron Best

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Raptor 905 (G-League)
Khem Birch

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC Orlando Magic
Manny Diressa

Guard

6’4”

Toronto, ON KK FMP (Serbia)
Melvin Ejim

Forward

6’6″

Toronto, ON BC UNICS (Russia)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Fraport Skyliners (Germany)
Justin Jackson

Forward

6’7″

Scarborough, ON Orlando Magic
Cory Joseph

Guard

6’3″

Toronto, ON Indiana Pacers
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’2″

Ajax, ON Landstede Zwolle (Netherlands)
Kelly Olynyk

Centre

7’0″

Kamloops, BC Miami Heat
Kevin Pangos

Guard

6’2”

Newmarket, ON FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6”

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Tristan Thompson

Forward

6’9″

Brampton, ON Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

ON POINT: Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa with Drew Ebanks Part 1

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This is the first of a 2-part exclusive interview with Canadian WNBA player Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever.

The interview took place after Natalie returned to Canada after winning the South Korean league Championship with Asan Woori Bank Wibee and prior to her recently completed 2018 WNBA season in which she averaged 10.3ppg (3rd best) and 6.9rpg (team-high) and 2.5 offrebgame (team-high) while shooting 52.7% FG & 80% FT. Achonwa was the only player to start and play all 34 games for the Fever.

Achonwa sits down in a candid talk with On Point’s Drew Ebanks that you won’t want to miss.

Natalie is currently in Toronto participating in Canada Basketball’s Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) training camp prior to some tune up games vs. Japan, USA and France before heading to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain from September 22nd-30th, 2018

Produced by: Drew Ebanks
Hosted by: Drew Ebanks
Filmed and Edited by: Ben Agbeke

Special thanks to Natalie Achonwa, Canada Basketball and
the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Copyright On Point Basketball Inc. 2018 All rights reserved.

Glen Grunwald named Canada Basketball President & CEO

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LAVAL, Québec (September 12, 2018)– Canada Basketball’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Glen Grunwald as the organization’s next President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective October 1.

“There are days when the ball bounces in not out,” said John Mills, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Canada Basketball. “Glen Grunwald’s appointment today as President & CEO of Canada Basketball will be remembered as a transformative moment for basketball in Canada.”

“An experienced basketball and business leader, Glen has worked at the sport’s highest levels and welcomes the challenge to win World Cup and Olympic medals,” Mills said.

Grunwald, a long-time NBA general manager with the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks, arrives at Canada Basketball following a four-year stint as Director, Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University. Last month, Grunwald announced his impending departure from McMaster in order to take on a consulting role with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies.

“I’m honoured and proud to have this opportunity to work with Canada Basketball,” said Grunwald.  “This is an exciting time for the sport in our country and I look forward to working with the entire basketball community to continue the tremendous progress the sport has made here at all levels.”

“We’re ready to show the world this country’s potential, promise and power as a basketball nation. I would like to thank Wayne (Parrish, Co-Chair, Board of Directors) and the rest of the Board for their confidence in me and I can’t wait to get to work,” Grunwald said.

Prior to joining McMaster, Grunwald spent seven tumultuous years with the New York Knicks, including the last two as Executive Vice-President and General Manager following the resignation of Donnie Walsh. In Grunwald’s final season at the helm, the Knicks won 54 games, their most in 16 seasons, and have not come within 17 victories of that mark in the five seasons since. Grunwald was originally hired into the Knicks organization in 2006 by Isiah Thomas, his former teammate at Indiana University where they played under the infamous Bobby Knight and won an NCAA Division I national championship together in 1981.

A dozen years before they teamed up in New York, Thomas brought Grunwald to Toronto to join the expansion Raptors. After beginning as VP Legal Affairs and Assistant General Manager, Grunwald took over as GM after Thomas’ departure in 1997 and held the position for seven years. After being let go by the Raptors in 2004, Grunwald joined the Toronto Board of Trade as President & CEO, a position he held for two years before rejoining Thomas in New York.

Grunwald holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.

Following his undergrad at Indiana, Grunwald received a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  A member of the bar in Illinois and Colorado, he began his career as a Corporate Associate with Winston & Strawn LLP.

At Canada Basketball, Grunwald succeeds former President & CEO Michele O’Keefe, who stepped down in June to return to her roots in the basketball hotbed of Niagara Region as Associate Director, Athletics & Recreation, at Niagara College.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Senior Women’s National Team Annouced Ahead of FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

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TORONTO, Ont. (September 5, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the roster for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 roster below.

“After a very competitive training camp, we have a roster that we’re really excited about,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “We’re looking forward to this next stage of training and competition, where we’ll be able to measure ourselves against some of the best teams in the world prior to competing at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.”

Currently ranked a program-high 5th in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE, Canada qualified for their fourth consecutive FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup after winning their second consecutive FIBA Women’s AmeriCup title last summer.

This will be Canada’s ninth appearance at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup (known from 1953 to 2014 as the FIBA World Championship for Women).  Canada’s fifth place finish at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women was the highest since a pair of third place finishes in 1979 (Seoul, Korea) and 1986 (Moscow, Soviet Union).

Canada is in Group A for the 18th edition of FIBA’s flagship women’s eventand will face Greece (Sept. 22), Korea (Sept. 23) and France (Sept. 25) in the Group Phase. Click here for the competition schedule.

“Training camp was a great chance to see the athletes compete and observe the progress they have each made over the past year,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance. “Each one of them is an incredible ambassador of our Canadian team and committed to the goal of getting Canada to the podium.”

“The upcoming opportunity to compete at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and against other top nations is invaluable towards our team’s preparation for Tokyo 2020,” Dignard said.

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup is the biggest international women’s basketball competition and brings together the 16 best teams from across FIBA’s four regions – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe.

This year’s event will take place in Spain from September 22-30, 2018 in San Cristóbal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Prior to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Canada will travel to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a two-game exhibition series against Japan (Sept. 7) and USA (Sept. 8).  Before arriving in Tenerife, Canada will face France, USA and Senegal in a four-team tournament in Antibes, France (Sept. 15-17).

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018 ROSTER

Name Position Height Hometown  Club / School
Natalie Achonwa Power Forward 6’3″ Guelph, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla Alexander Forward 6’4″ Milton, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim Forward 6’3″ London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1″ Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Shay Colley Point Guard 5’9″ Brampton, ON Michigan State (NCAA)
Nirra Fields Guard 5’6″ Lachine, QC Energa Torun (Poland)
Kim Gaucher Shooting Guard 6’1″ Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Ruth Hamblin Centre 6’6″ Houston, BC Castor Braine (Belgium)
Miah-Marie Langlois Point Guard 5’8″ Windsor, ON Novosibirsk Dynamo (Russia)
Kia Nurse Guard 6’0″ Hamilton, ON New York Liberty (WNBA)
Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’4″ Edmonton, AB Lyon (France)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2″ Toronto, ON Bourges (France)

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FIBA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2018 COACHES & STAFF

Name Position Hometown Affiliation
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Dundas, ON University of Saskatchewan
Steve Baur Assistant Coach Wolfville, NS Canada Basketball
Carly Clarke Assistant Coach Halifax, NS Ryerson University
Max Hirst Coordinator, Performance Analysis Collingwood, ON Canada Basketball
Lauren Buschmann Sports Scientist & IST Manager St. Catharines, ON Canada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda Shishkin Physiotherapist Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Danielle Dobney Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON N/A
Bryce Tully Mental Performance Coach Halifax, NS CSC-Atlantic
Marni Wesner Lead Physician Edmonton, AB University of Alberta
Anne Marie Thuss Team Manager Hamilton, ON McMaster University
Denise Dignard Director, WHP Port Cartier, QC Canada Basketball
Mike MacKay Performance Manager, WHP Truro, NS Canada Basketball
Matt Walker Communications Manager Ancaster, ON Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 2018 SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM
September 7 Canada vs. Japan

Webster Bank Arena

Bridgeport, Connecticut

September 8 Canada vs. USA
September 15 Canada vs. USA

Antibes, France

September 16 Canada vs. France
September 17 Canada vs. Senegal
September 22 Canada vs. Greece

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Tenerife, Spain

September 23 Canada vs. Korea
September 25 Canada vs. France
September 26 Quarter-Final Qualifications
September 28 Quarter-Finals
September 29 Semi-Finals
September 30 Finals

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Photo Courtesy Trung Ho

Senior Men’s National Team September 2018 Training Camp Roster Announced

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TORONTO, Ont. (September 4, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the roster for training camp ahead of September’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

See below for the September FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers training camp roster.

Canada resumes the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Laval at Place Bell against Brazil. Tickets for the event are on sale now through evenko for as low as $31.

Following Thursday’s game, Canada will travel to Valdivia to face Chile on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. EDT to conclude the fourth window.

Head Coach Roy Rana will lead Team Canada and be joined by assistant coaches Nathaniel Mitchell, Patrick Tatham, J.D. Jackson and Michael Meeks.

“Always honoured to answer the call to represent my country in international competition and I’m looking forward to the journey with our family on the floor,” said head coach Roy Rana.

With the first round of qualification now complete, the top three teams from Group B, Venezuela (5-1), Brazil (5-1) and Chile (1-5), and Group D, Canada (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (2-4), will form Group F.  Canada will now face Venezuela, Brazil and Chile on a home and away basis.

“As the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers continue, the program depth we’ve been building over the years will be crucial for the success of our team,” said Rowan Barrett, Assistant GM/Executive VP, Senior Men’s Program.  “September’s games are an important step for Canada as we work towards our goal of qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.”

In the second round, the three highest-placed teams from each group and the best fourth placed team between Group E and Group F (a total of seven teams) will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) will be the biggest edition of FIBA’s flagship event with a record 32 participating teams playing 92 games over 16 days.

SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SEPTEMBER 2018 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER 

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

Last / Current Club

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC San Lorenzo Basket (Argentina)
Trae Bell-Haynes

Guard

6’2”

Toronto, ON Fraport Skyliners (Germany)
Aaron Best

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Raptor 905 (G-League)
Khem Birch

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC Orlando Magic
Dillon Brooks

Forward

6’7″

Mississauga, ON Memphis Grizzlies
Manny Diressa

Guard

6’4”

Toronto, ON KK FMP (Serbia)
Melvin Ejim

Forward

6’6″

Toronto, ON BC UNICS (Russia)
Joel Friesen

Guard

6’4″

Abbotsford, BC London Lightning (NBL Canada)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Fraport Skyliners (Germany)
Justin Jackson

Forward

6’7″

Scarborough, ON Orlando Magic
Cory Joseph

Guard

6’3″

Toronto, ON Indiana Pacers
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’2″

Ajax, ON Landstede Zwolle (Netherlands)
Kyle Landry

Centre

6’10”

Calgary, AB Buducnost (Montenegro)
Duane Notice

Guard

6’2”

Woodbridge, ON BM Slam Stal (Poland)
Kelly Olynyk

Centre

7’0″

Kamloops, BC Miami Heat
Kevin Pangos

Guard

6’2”

Newmarket, ON FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6”

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Tristan Thompson

Forward

6’9″

Brampton, ON Cleveland Cavaliers

 

SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SEPTEMBER 2018 TRAINING CAMP COACHES & STAFF

Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Nathaniel Mitchell Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
Patrick Tatham Assistant Coach Brampton, ON
J.D. Jackson Assistant Coach Burnaby, BC
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON
Rowan Barrett Assistant GM / Executive VP Mississauga, ON
David Grundman Basketball Operations Toronto, ON
James DePoe Team Manager Toronto, ON
Dr. John Philpott Team Doctor Miramichi, NB
Samuel Gibbs Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Dr. Peter Jensen Sports Psychologist Toronto, ON
Jason Meehan Athletic Therapist Mt. Pearl, NL
Charlie Weingroff Strength and Conditioning Coach Newark, NJ
Sunny Ahluwalia Video Coordinator Vancouver, BC
Phil Jevtovic Performance Analyst Toronto, ON
Marvin Cross Team Security Cleveland, OH
Matt Walker Communications Manager Ancaster, ON

 

SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SEPTEMBER 2018 SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM
September 6-11 Training Camp

UQAM – Montreal, Que.

September 13 Canada vs. Brazil

Place Bell – Laval

September 17 Canada vs. Chile

Valdivia, Chile

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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