U18 Men’s National Team Announced

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TORONTO, ON (June 7, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the U18 men’s roster for the upcoming FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018 held in St. Catharines June 10-16, 2018.

Single session tickets and Canada passes are now available here for as low as $10.00.

Canada sits alongside Chile, Ecuador, and Argentina in Group B and will begin their quest for a championship on June 10 when they face Argentina.  Group A consists of the Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the USA.

Last February it was announced that Carleton Ravens’ head coach Dave Smart would serve as head coach for Canada’s U18 team this June.  Smart will be joined by assistants Michael Meeks (Canada Basketball), Jamie McNeilly (Virginia Tech), and Chris Cheng (Nipissing University).

Canada Basketball has partnered with the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society, along with the City of St. Catharines, to bring the ten-day event to the Niagara Region, as the top eight teams from the FIBA Americas zone compete for a place on the podium and a berth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

A full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule can be found below.  Tryouts and training are closed to the public.  Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates:

Saturday, June 9 (Meridian Centre – St. Catharines)

2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability
*All times are EST and subject to change

Media interested in attending training camp can contact Team Manager Scott Waithe or Devin Gray.

Last summer, the team earned a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.

Canada is currently ranked 2nd worldwide in the FIBA Youth Men Rankings

For the U18 Men’s National Team roster:

Name

Jersey Number

Height

Hometown

Current School Team 

Current Club

Wheza Panzo 4 6’6″ Mississauga, ON Hamilton Heights Nike UPlay Canada
Emanuel Miller 5 6’7″ Scarborough, ON La Lumiere School Nike UPlay Canada
Joel Brown 6 6’1″ Brampton, ON Brewster Academy CIA Bounce
Tyrese Samuel 7 6’7″ Lasalle, QC Wasatch Academy Nike UPlay Canada
Jahcobi Neath 8 6’3″ Toronto, ON Crestwood Prep College Grass Roots
Addison Patterson 9 6’6″ Milton, ON Orangeville District Secondary School CIA Bounce
AJ Lawson 10 6’6″ Brampton, ON GTA Prep Nike UPlay Canada
Andrew Nembhard (Captain) 11 6’4″ Toronto, ON Montverde Academy Nike UPlay Canada
Jevonnie Scott 12 6’5″ Toronto, ON Athlete Institute CIA Bounce
Connor Vreeken 13 6’4″ Kingston, ON Frontenac Secondary School CIA Bounce
Jaden Bediako 14 6’11” Brampton, ON Ridley College Nike UPlay Canada
Charles Bediako 15 6’9″ Brampton, ON Ridley College Nike UPlay Canada

 

2018 U18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COACHES & STAFF

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN TEAM/CLUB
Dave Smart Head Coach Ottawa, ON Carleton University
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Coach Toronto, ON Virginia Tech University
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON Canada Basketball
Chris Cheng Assistant Coach Scarborough, ON Nipissing University
Steve Konchalski Mentor Coach Halifax, NS St. Francis Xavier University
Scott Waithe Team Manager Scarborough, ON Seneca College
Krisjon Vargas Therapist Toronto, ON Canada Basketball
Dr. Mark Leung Physician Toronto, ON

 

2018 U18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM
June 10 Canada vs. Argentina FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018

 

Meridian Centre – St. Catharines

June 11 Canada vs. Ecuador
June 12 Canada vs. Chile
June 13 Rest Day
June 14 Quarter-finals
June 15 Semifinals
June 16 Finals
Courtesy Canada Basketball