FIBA.COM: CAN- PLENTY OF CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM

BARCELONA (FIBA Americas Championship) - Everyone knows about Canada's basketball program and the huge potential of the senior national team.

Other than the United States, perhaps no country has as much burgeoning talent about to explode onto the international hoops scene as Canada.

There is Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks, a small forward many expect to be the first pick in this summer's NBA draft, as well as Syracuse's point guard Tyler Ennis, the leading scorer of last year's FIBA U19 World Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Canada team that played at last year's FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, wasn't short of talent.

That was evident in wins over JamaicaBrazilUruguay and eventual champions Mexico.

Canada finished the tournament with defeats to hosts Venezuela, the Dominican Republicand Argentina, however, and failed to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

San Antonio Spurs point guard Cory Joseph, 22, was the team's leading scorer with an average of 16.1 points per game.

His older brother, 23-year-old David Devoe Joseph, was also in the squad.

"It was a great experience to go with the Canadian team," Devoe said to FIBA.com.

"We were a very young team and we grew up together."

Devoe made a name for himself in international basketball back in 2007, when he averaged 22.6ppg and was the second leading scorer at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Serbia.

The 2013 summer was his first with the senior team.

"Just to be with that group of guys, representing our country, going to a place like Venezuela, it was just a great overall experience," he said.

"Caracas was a very interesting place, a very big city.

"I'd never been to Venezuela before and to get to see it was a great experience."

A shooting guard with Joventut Badalona in Spain's Liga Endesa, Devoe is playing big minutes and averaging 14ppg.

He has hit double-figures in seven of Joventut's last eight games.

His field goal percentage on the year is 50 percent (57 of 113) although he has hit a slump in his three-point shooting, making three of his last 20 attempts from long range.

He is nevertheless hitting 33 percent from beyond the arc on the year.

Devoe is a player that has a bounce in his step and is always optimistic.

Despite last year's disappointment over not reaching the World Cup, he says the future is bright for Canada's senior team.

"Definitely," he said.

"I think we will make that next step and you see all of these guys from Canada getting better and better, guys like Andrew Wiggins, young guys keep coming up and getting better and better and I think as our young group grows, we'll be very, very good.