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
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:
Current School Team
|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
|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
|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|