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2014 Canadian SMNT training camp starts with no official rosters

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There’s is no doubt Canada Basketball has come a long way from the days of players not wanting to rock the Red and White to having improved it’s communication, web and media strategy to win loyal fans and media like and help raise the excitement and profile of their National teams. Over the past few months many Canadian basketball fans have been salivating over the announcement of the Senior Men’s National Team that would assemble in Toronto for their 2014 training camp which would lead-up to an 11-game European tour starting July 24, 2014

Earlier this week, many fans eagerly awaited the release of the training camp roster and nothing, then Sunday came and the official Canada basketball twitter account start circulating photos from the start of the training camp with GM Steve Nash running drills. Only problem, no official training camp roster was ever released or made available for the media and nothing was communicated either.

And by the looks of it, many fans, where left to social media to try and piece together who was present at Training camp.

I reached out to Canada basketball via twitter to find out if there was an official or temporary roster release and the answer I got didn’t make sense at all, in fact, it left me more perplexed and wondering why something like this can still happen in 2014.

BasketballBuzz @basketballbuzz
Hey Canada Basketball any news release on the players invited to camp?

Canada Basketball @CanBball
Not today. We will issue a roster release prior to the European games. The first game is July 24.

Alright, a bit odd! Shouldn’t their be training camp roster and then an official roster for European series?

It’s not like we see USA Basketball or other FIBA organizations committing these same mistakes? In fact Team USA released their roster on July 14, well ahead of their training camp for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Now, I understand that putting together a national team roster is more than just releasing a press release, specially since 90/100% of the team will eventually feature NBA talent, bringing in a new wave of problems for an organization which historically has struggled to come-up with the necessary insurance money to make NBA GM’s feel comfortable about releasing their players for FIBA Summer competitions.

Add to the fact that several Canadians are still battling it out at the 2014 NBA Summer League (Melvin Ejim, Jordan Jordan Bachynski), plus a rather meaningless summer due to Canada failing to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships and you have a lot more uncertainty than usual.

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Based on the non-news and lack of details including the whole Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade rumors and it would be a surprise if we see Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett make their Senior Men’s National Team debuts.  As for Nick Stauskas and Tyler Ennis it will also be tough to gauge but, I wouldn’t count on it. What about Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Robert Sacre (Lakers)?

If the goal of the upcoming European tour is to gain international experience and gel together as a unit, then why not start sooner than later by having all the best pieces together as one at training camp.

If the roster is not finalized, as we all expected and knew, why not simply put out a release with the committed players and let everybody know that changes will be made once things are a bit more clear? Regardless, it really shouldn’t have to resort to media scrambling across social channels to find out who is playing for the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team or not.

Below is a unofficial list of players that are/were currently present at the first practice based on photos released by Canada Basketball and several others across social media.

2014 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Training Roster (Unofficial)

Point Guards

Cory Joseph – San Antonio Spurs
Phillip Scrubb – Carleton Ravens
Junior Cadougan – Batumi, Georgia

Shooting Guards
Carl English – Iberostar, Tenerife CB Canarias, Spain
Brady Heslip – Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA SummerLeague)

Wings

Dwight Powell – Cleveland Cavaliers
Jevohn Shepperd – Paffoni Omegna, Italy (A2)
Thomas Scrubb – Carleton Ravens
Jordan Baker –  Alberta Golden Bears (2009-14)

Forwards
Kelly Olynyk – Boston Celtics
Andrew Nicholson – Orlando Magic

Expected to join – (confirmed)

Melvin Ejim – San Antonio Spurs (NBA SummerLeague)
Jordan Bachynski –  Charlotte Hornets (NBA SummerLeague)
Owen Klassen – Acadia Axemen (2009-14)

Coaching Staff

Head Coach
Jay Triano

Assistant Coaches
Dave Smart
Roy Rana
Greg Francis

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

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Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QCFree Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ONNorthern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ONSt. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QCAustin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ONTrabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ONRaptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ONPAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ONBanco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ONWestchester 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)
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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

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