Roster Announced for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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TORONTO, ON (November 17, 2017) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12-man roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in Halifax and Dominican Republic.

“This is an exciting time and opportunity for basketball in our country and we’re thankful to begin our journey towards the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 next week in Halifax,” said head coach Roy Rana.

“Having the opportunity to represent your country is something most players only dream of. But to have the chance to do it at home, in front of friends, family and fellow Canadians is an honor we treasure. All the athletes in our pool have and are continuing to make a tremendous effort to be part of this journey and we are thankful and excited for this 12 that will represent all of us in Halifax and Dominican Republic.”

The Scotiabank Centre in Halifax will host the first Senior Men’s National Team home game as Canada opens the qualifying process on Friday, November 24, 2017 against Bahamas with tip-off scheduled for 8:15 pm AST.  Tickets for the event are on sale now through Ticket Atlantic.

Following Friday’s game, Canada will travel to Dominican Republic where tipoff is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 7:00 PM ET.

2017 SMNT NOVEMBER WORLD CUP AMERICAS QUALIFIER ROSTER

Name Position Height Hometown Current Club
Joel Anthony Centre 6’9” Montreal, QC Free Agent
Anthony Bennett Forward 6’8” Toronto, ON Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze Centre 6’7” Toronto, ON St. John’s Edge (NBL of Can)
Olivier Hanlan Guard 6’4” Aylmer, QC Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip Guard 6’2” Burlington, ON Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane Guard 6’1” Ajax, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen Centre 6’10” Kingston, ON PAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre Forward 6’6” Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Guard 6’3” Scarborough, ON Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb Guard 6’3” Richmond, B.C. Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb Forward 6’6” Richmond, B.C. Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini Centre 6’9” Vancouver, B.C. Hokkaido L. (Japan)
2017 SMNT STAFF LIST
Name Position Hometown
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON
Jack Sikma Assistant Coach Kankakee, Illinois
Dave Smart Assistant Coach Kingston, ON
Nathaniel Mitchell Assistant Coach Toronto, ON
James DePoe Team Manager Toronto, ON
David Grundman Team Manager Toronto, ON
Dr. John Philpott Team Doctor Miramichi, NB
Samuel Gibbs Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Jason Meehan Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON
Charlie Weingroff Strength and Conditioning Coach Newark, NJ
Dipesh Mistry Video Coordinator Markham, ON
Phil Jevtovic Performance Analyst Toronto, ON
Matt Walker Communications Manager Ancaster, ON
Peter Jensen Sports Psychologist Toronto, ON
2017 SMNT SCHEDULE
Item Dates Location
Training Camp November 20-November 23 Halifax, NS
Bahamas vs. Canada November 24 Halifax, NS
Travel to Dominican Republic November 25 Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Canada vs. Dominican Republic November 27 Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Training camp is closed to the public.  Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Tuesday, November 21 (Canada Games Centre)
10:00 a.m. Press Conference

Tuesday, November 21 (Canada Games Centre)
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

Wednesday, November 22 (Canada Games Centre)
12:45 p.m. Gym Opens
1:00 p.m. Availability

Friday, November 24 (Scotiabank Centre)
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are AST and subject to change.

Photo Courtesy Canada Basketball
Drew Ebanks