U18 Men’s National Basketball Team Announced for FIBA America’s in Chile

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Team will compete in U18 FIBA Americas in Valdivia, Chile

TORONTO, ON (July 14, 2016) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 2016 U18 men’s national team. The 12-man squad will compete at the U18 FIBA Americas in Valdivia, Chile and will look to qualify for the 2017 U19 World Championships.

“We’re pleased with the passion and commitment that this group of young men brought to camp and we look forward to representing Canada in Chile,” said Roy Rana, head coach.

The squad will complete training camp tomorrow at Humber College in Toronto and head to Valdivia to represent Canada at the 2016 U18 FIBA Americas from July 19th-July 23.

Rana (Ryerson University) will be joined by assistants Jamie McNeilly (Virginia Tech), Kirby Schepp (University of Manitoba), Craig Beaucamp (University of Victoria) and mentor coach, Steve Konchalski (St. Francis Xavier University).

In 2015, the U19 team placed 5th at the U19 FIBA World Championships – the programs best-ever finish. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA youth men rankings.

A full list of athletes and coaches can be found below. For media requests, please contact bwilliams@basketball.ca.

2016 U18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

NAME POSITION HEIGHT HOMETOWN CLUB/SCHOOL
Jaden Bediako F 6’11 Brampton, ON St. Marcellinus
O’Shae Brissett F 6’8 Pickering, ON Findlay Prep
Nate Darling G 6’3 Halifax, NS DeMatha Catholic
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander G 6’5 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Heights Christian
Jahvon Henry-Blair G 6’3 Brampton, ON Orangeville Prep
Jordan Henry G 5’9 Pickering, Ontario Pine Ridge High School
Abu Kigab F 6’6 St. Catharine, ON Prolific Prep
Grant Shephard F 6’9 Kelowna, BC Kelowna SS
Josip Vrankic F 6’8 Etobicoke, ON Wasatch Academy
James Wagner F 6’7 Winnipeg, MB John Taylor Collegiate
Nickeil Walker G 6’6 Scarborough, ON Hamilton Heights Christian
Lindell Wigginton G 6’3 Dartmouth, NS Oak Hill Academy
2016 U18 COACHING & STAFF
NAME POSITION HOMETOWN TEAM/CLUB
Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON Ryerson University
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Coach Toronto, ON Virginia Tech University
Kirby Schepp Assistant Coach Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba
Craig Beaucamp Assistant Coach Burnaby, BC University of Victoria
Krisjon Vargas Therapist Toronto, ON Canada Basketball
James DePoe Manager Toronto, ON Humber College
Ian Cohen Doctor Toronto, ON University of Toronto
2016 U18 SCHEDULE
DATE ITEM LOCATION
July 15th – 18th, 2016 Training Valdivia, Chile
July 19th, 2016 Vs. Argentina U18 FIBA Americas, Valdivia, Chile
July 20th, 2016 Vs. Dominican Republic
July 21st, 2016 Vs. Brazil
July 22nd, 2016 Semi-Finals
July 23rd, 2016 Finals

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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