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Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ennis & Jabari Craig headline stacked 2013 Canadian Jr. National Team

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Toronto, ON – (BasketballBuzz) – Canada’s most wanted basketball duo will team-up to lead a deep and talented 2013 Canadian Junior National Team to the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins (Concord, ON, 2013, Kansas JayHawks) and Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, SK, 2014, uncommitted) are amongst the top names announced to take part in the upcoming training camp, running through June 8-11 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Both Wiggins & Lyles teamed-up at the 2012 U18 Championships to help Canada qualify to this years world championships.

A deeper look at the training camp roster also features 2014 Center Jabari Craig (Tucker, GA) who is drawing interest from Maryland, Purdue and several mid-majors.

Out of the 22 invitees 17 of them come from the province of Ontario.

The west coast gets some representations from Manroop Clair (Vancouver, BC) and 6’8 Conor Morgan (Victoria, BC, UBC Thunderbirds), the only CIS Men’s Basketball invitee on the list

After the conclusion of the training came Canada will face some stiff competition against Brazil and the United States.

The USA game in particular will provide a glimpse of just how far apart both nations really are.

After all, most of these young athletes will have future NBA careers and eventually play for their respective Senior Men’s National teams.

From there, it’s on to the World’s where the young Canadians will hope to bring home a medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships in Czech Republic starting on June 27 and finish on July 7.

Canada finds itself in a winnable Group A where it match-up against Croatia, Spain, Korea.

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2013 Junior Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster

Matthew Atewe – (Post/6-9, Brampton,ON)
Manroop Clair – (Guard/6-2, Vancouver, BC)
Jabari Craig – (Post/6-10, Toronto, ON)
Joey De Cimon – (Wing/6-5, Regina, SK)
Chris Egi – (Post/6-8, Markham, ON)
Tyler Ennis – (Guard/6-2, Brampton, ON)
Justin Jackson – (Wing/6-6, Ajax, ON)
Miroslav Jaksic – (Post/6-9, Windsor, ON)
Kaza Keane – (Guard/6-2, Ajax, ON)
Trey Lyles – (Post/6-10, Saskatoon, SK)
Mikyle McIntosh – (Wing/6-6, Pickering, ON)
Conor Morgan – (Wing/6-8, Victoria, BC)
Duane Notice – (Guard/6-3, Woodbridge, ON)
Agunwa Okolie – (Post/Wing/6-8, Ajax, ON)
Emmanuel Owootoah – (Guard/5-10, Toronto, ON)
Marko Pirovic – (Wing/6-7, Bolton, ON)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes – (Wing/6-4, Scarborough, ON)
Jamal Reynolds – (Post/Wing/6-4, Pickering, ON)
Marial Shayok – (Wing/6-5, Ottawa, ON)
Denzell Taylor – (Wing/6-7, Brampton, ON)
Andrew Wiggins – (Wing/6-7, Concord, ON)
Kevin Zabo – (Guard/6-1, Gatineau, QC)

<b>2013 Junior Men’s National Team Staff</b>
Roy Rana – Head Coach
Jamie McNeilly – Assistant Coach
Scott Morrison – Assistant Coach
Steve Konchalski – Mentor Coach
Jesse Young – Apprentice Coach
Mike Meeks – Guest Coach
Kirby Schepp – Guest Coach
Krisjon Vargas – Athletic Therapist
James DePoe – Team Manager
David Cox – Sports Psychologist
Pay Traynor – Stats & Analysis
Borko Popic – Stats & Analysis
Matt McDonald – Video Coordinator
John Philpott – Doctor
Mikeala Berza – Camp Assistant

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Canada blasts US Virgin Islands FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Canada Basketball Blasts Virgin Islands Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

Led by a trio of veterans Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) blasted the Virgin Islands 118-89 in  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Veteran Canadian forward and former Iowa State Cyclones standout Melvin Ejim returned to the Canadian National lineup for the first time since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament and poured in a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds the 29 point route. Sharpshooter Brady Heslip continued his stellar play for Canada in Qualifying phase by adding 22 points including 5 rebound and 5 assists. Anthony Bennett also had a solid outing with 13 points on 5 rebounds.

The 118 points scored marks the most points scored by a Canada’s Senior men team since the Canadians hung a 112-92 victory over Puerto Rico in 2015. With the win Canada avenges an embarrassing 83-71 to the Virgin Islands less than 12 months ago and improves the Canadians to 2-1 in Group D of the Americas World Cup qualifiers. Up next for the Canadians is a tough road test against the Bahamas.

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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, 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 Canada)
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

6’4″

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)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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