PRELIMINARY ROSTER NAMED FOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUT & TRAINING CAMP

TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2016) - Canada Basketball has announced a preliminary roster that will attend the 2016 national team tryout and training camp, tipping off today in Toronto, ON.

"We're looking forward to getting into the gym and preparing for competition," said Jay Triano, head coach. "We need to focus on the preparation – one practice at a time – and get ready for a tough tournament against some of the best in the world."

The group will participate in a 6-day training camp from June 10th -15th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"Given the time of year, player availability is always changing. We're continuing to talk to teams and players may become available as the summer progresses," said Steve Nash, general manager, men’s national team. "Playing for your country is an honour, we have a deep pool of talent who are committed to playing for Canada and we're ready to get to work."

They will then head to Italy on June 17th, where they will train and participate in a 5-game exhibition tournament against 12th-ranked Croatia, 14th-ranked China and 16th-ranked Puerto Rico. China qualified for the Games in 2015, and both Croatia and Puerto Rico will compete in OQTs in July. The group will then head to Manila from July 5th to 10th  to compete for a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The final 12-man OQT squad will be announced prior to competition. In Manila, Canada will play in Group A against 31st-ranked Senegal and 8th-ranked Turkey. The Philippines, France and New Zealand will play in Group B. Media accreditation for the OQT is open until June 24, 2016, details here.

Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates, please RSVP at communications@basketball.ca. Practices will take place at the ACC Practice Facility (enter at Gate 2).  

Saturday, June 11

Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM

Gym Opens: 12:45PM

Scrums: 1:00PM

Monday, June 13

Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM

Gym Opens: 12:45PM

Scrums: 1:00PM

Wednesday, June 15

Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM

Gym Opens: 12:45PM

Scrums: 1:00PM

In 2015, Canada finished 2nd at the Pan American Games in Toronto and 3rd at FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. A full list of athletes can be found below. For additional media requests please contact bwilliams@basketball.ca

TRAINING CAMP ATTENDEES

NAME

POSITION

HEIGHT

HOMETOWN

TEAM/SCHOOL

Shai Alexander

G

6'4

Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy

Joel Anthony

F

6'9

Montreal, QC

Detroit Pistons

RJ Barrett

G

6’7

Mississauga, ON

Montverde Academy

Anthony Bennett

F

6’8

Toronto, ON

Sim Bhullar

F

7'5

Toronto, ON

Raptors 905

Khem Birch

F

6’9

Montreal, QC

Usak Sportlif

Dillon Brooks

F

6'7

Mississauga, ON

Oregon Ducks

Chris Boucher

F

6'10

Montreal, QC

Oregon Ducks

Jason Calliste

G

6'2

Toronto, ON

Barons Kvartals Riga

Melvin Ejim

F

6'6

Toronto, ON

Reyer Venezia

Tyler Ennis

G

6'2

Brampton, ON

Milwaukee Bucks

Brady Heslip

G

6'2

Burlington, ON

Pallacanestro Cantu

Tyson Hinz

F

6’7

Ottawa, ON

Landstede Basketball

Cory Joseph

G

6'3

Pickering, ON

Toronto Raptors

Corey Johnson

G

6’5

Ottawa, ON

Harvard University

Owen Klassen

F

6'10

Kingston, ON

Phoenix Hagen

Levon Kendall           

F

6'10

Vancouver, BC

Movistar Estudiantes

Naz Mirtou-Long

G

6’4

Mississauga, ON

Iowa St. Cyclones

Dyshawn Pierre

G

6'6

Whitby, ON

Dayton Flyers

Philip Scrubb

G

6'3

Richmond, BC

Fraport Skyliners

Thomas Scrubb

G

6'6

Richmond, BC

Giessen 46ers

Simisola Shittu

F

6’9

Burlington, ON

Montverde

2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

June 10-16

Training

Toronto, ON

June 17-29

Training & Exhibition

  • June 20: Game vs Croatia
  • June 23: Game vs Croatia
  • June 25: Game vs China
  • June 26: Game vs TBC
  • June 29: Game vs Puerto Rico

Croatia & Italy

July 5-10

Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Manila, Philippines

 

For More Information & Media Requests, contact:
Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976