FINAL 2015 U16 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED

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12 athletes to compete in U16 FIBA Americas in Argentina this summer

(TORONTO, ON) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the final U16 Men’s National Team that will represent Team Canada at the U16 FIBA Americas in Bahia Blanca, Argentina from June 10-14.

“Our athletes have shown outstanding work ethic and commitment to the team to solidify their spots on our final roster,” said Head Coach, Dave DeAveiro. “We’re pleased with the progress the team has made over the course of our training camps this year and we’re looking forward to competing.”

DeAveiro, a native of Toronto, returns for his fourth year coaching the U16/U17 age-group team. He is joined by assistants Michael Meeks (Canada Basketball) and James Derouin (University of Ottawa), as well as apprentice coach Nicky Davis (Sheridan College).

“It will be the first time these athletes will have the opportunity to represent Canada in international competition,” said Rowan Barrett, Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager, Men’s High Performance. “This is an important opportunity for growth and development as athletes and young men.”

The team will complete its final training camp at Humber College – North Campus on Thursday, before heading to Argentina. The squad will face-off against Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina in the preliminary round of the U16 FIBA Americas.

Athletes were identified throughout the year in a series of identification camps and recommendations from the Provincial/Territorial Service Organizations. In 2014, the U16 squad finished 6th at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup in Dubai. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA Men’s age-group rankings.

2015 U16 TEAM ROSTER
ATHLETE NAME POSITION HEIGHT HOMETOWN CLUB
Barrett Jr, Rowan Wing 6’5 Mississauga, ON REDA/Brampton Warriors/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand
Bediako, Jaden Forward 6’8 Brampton, ON Team Breakdown/Brampton Warriors/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand
Brazdeikis, Ignas Wing 6’6 Oakville, ON Oakville Venom/CIA Bounce/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand
Carr, Marcus PG 6’1 Woodbridge, ON Northern Kings
Courtney, Liam Forward 6’10 Cambridge, ON REDA/Waterloo Wolverines/Canada Elite
Djuricic, Danilo Forward 6’8 Brampton, ON Brampton Warriors/CIA Bounce/Team Tyler Ennis
Kabongo, Jonathan PG 6’3 Toronto, ON CIA Bounce/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand
Kirkwood, Noah Wing 6’4 Kanata, ON Ottawa Next Level
Llewellyn, Jaelin PG 6’1 Mississauga,  ON Oakville/CIA Bounce/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand Team
Nembhard, Andrew PG 6’2 Aurora, ON Vaughan Panthers/ Brampton Warriors/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand
Shephard, Grant Forward 6’6 Kelowna, BC Junior Heat
Shittu, Simisola Wing 6’8 Burlington, ON REDA/CIA Bounce/Tyler Ennis Jordan Brand

STAFF

NAME TITLE SCHOOL/ROLE
Dave DeAveiro Head Coach McGill University, Head Coach
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Canada Basketball, Manager of Youth Player Development
James Derouin Assistant Coach University of Ottawa, Head Coach
Nicky Davis Apprentice Coach Sheridan College, Assistant Coach
Mary Lalancette Therapist Ryerson University, Athletic Therapist
Chris Cheng Manager Nipissing University, Head Coach
Mark Leung Doctor University of Toronto, Team Physician
U16 FIBA AMERICAS – BAHIA BLANCA, ARGENTINA
OPPONENT TIME (EST)
Venezuela 12:45 p.m.
Mexico 5:15 p.m.
Argentina 7:30 p.m.
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Courtesy Canada Basketball
Drew Ebanks
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