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.
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
Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships
Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.
The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.
Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.
The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.
Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.
Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.
The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.
Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.
Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.
Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.
Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.
Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.
Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.
Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.
Shaedon Sharpe posterizes Dominican defender at U16 FIBA Americas
Canadian 16-year old high-flyer Shaedon Sharpe took off and posterized a Dominican Republic defender at the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas championship in Brazil.
With 35 seconds to play the first-half Sharpe shook off a defender with a sweet pump fake and then took-off baseline and dropped a Jordanesque poster all-over the Dominican defender.
Canada broken a tightly contested semi-finals contest to beat the Dominican Republic 97-81 to reach the finals of the 2016 FIBA U16 Americas championships.
Sharpe finished with 17 points , four rebounds and three assists, shooting 8-for-10 from the field.
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