PRELIMINARY LIST REVEALED FOR OPENING WINDOW OF FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019 AMERICAS QUALIFIERS

TORONTO, ON (November 14, 2017) - Canada Basketball's Men's High Performance Program is pleased to announce the preliminary list for the first window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in Halifax and Dominican Republic.

The Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax will host the first Senior Men's National Team home game as Canada opens the qualifying process on Friday, November 24, 2017 against Bahamas with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 pm AST.

Tickets for the event are on sale now through Ticket Atlantic and start from as low as $10 for students and youth.

After leading Canada at the the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 in Argentina this past summer, head coach Roy Rana is back behind the bench for the first of two FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers windows (November 2017 and February 2018).  Joining Rana for the will be assistant coaches Michael Meeks, Jack Sikma, Dave Smart and Nathaniel Mitchell.

"We are excited and honored to begin our journey towards the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China," said Roy Rana, Head Coach.  "This group of young men embody the passion and sacrifice needed to be successful in international competition."

"I admire their commitment to Canada and I hope all Canadians will support us loudly in Halifax and across the country," Rana said.

Following Friday's game, Canada will travel to Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic for a showdown against the 17th ranked team in the world.  Tipoff is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 8:00 PM from Arena del Cibao Oscar Gobaira.

Canada's pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth begins with the aforementioned Americas Qualifiers where 16 teams will compete for seven World Cup spots.

Canada will face Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands in Group D with each team facing the other three teams on a home and away basis.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers will see 80 countries do battle over a 2-year period to qualify 31 national teams for the top national team competition taking place from August 31-September 15, 2019.

Canada's Senior Men's National team is currently ranked 8th in the Americas and 25th globally.

Training camp is closed to the public.  Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Tuesday, November 21
2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability

Wednesday, November 22
2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability

Friday, November 24
1:25 p.m. Gym Opens
1:30 p.m. Availability

*All times are AST and subject to change

The full staff list, roster and schedule can be found below. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.

2017 SMNT NOVEMBER WORLD CUP AMERICAS QUALIFIER PRELIMINARY LIST

First Name

Last Name

DOB

Height

Position

Hometown

Current Club

Richard

Amardi

1990-10-16

6'9"

F

Toronto, Ont.

Raptors 905 (G-League)

Jermaine

Anderson

1983-03-08

6'2"

PG

Toronto, Ont.

Free Agent

Joel

Anthony

1982-08-09

6'9"

C

Montreal, Que.

Free Agent

Olu

Ashaolu

1988-04-18

6'7"

PF

Toronto, Ont.

Sendai 89ers (Japan)

Anthony

Bennett

1993-03-14

6'8"

F

Toronto, Ont.

Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)

Aaron

Best

1992-01-09

6'4"

SG

Scarborough, Ont.

Raptors 905 (G-League)

Sim

Bhullar

1992-12-02

7'5"

C

Toronto, Ont.

Dacin Tigers (Taiwan)

Melvin

Ejim

1991-03-04

6'7"

F

Toronto, Ont.

Unics (Russia)

Joel

Friesen

1990-08-16

6'4"

SG

Abbotsford, B.C.

London Lightning (NBL of Can)

Grandy

Glaze

1992-03-04

6'7"

C

Toronto, Ont.

St. Johns Edge (NBL of Can)

Olivier

Hanlan

1993-02-15

6'4"

SG

Aylmer, Que.

Austin Spurs (G-League)

Brady

Heslip

1990-06-19

6'2"

SG

Burlington, Ont.

Trabzonspor (Turkey)

Kris

Joseph

1988-12-17

6'7"

SF

Montreal, Que.

Free Agent

Kaza

Keane

1994-01-27

6'1"

PG

Ajax, Ont.

Raptors 905 (G-League)

Levon

Kendall

1984-07-04

6'10"

PF

Vancouver, B.C.

Free Agent

Owen

Klassen

1991-10-31

6'10"

C

Kingston, Ont.

PAOK (Greece)

Duane

Notice

1994-09-07

6'2"

SG

Woodbridge, Ont.

BM Slam Stal (Poland)

Adika

Peter-McNeilly

1993-04-17

6'3"

SG

Toronto, Ont.

Ludwigsburg (Germany)

Dyshawn

Pierre

1993-11-17

6'6"

SF

Whitby, Ont.

Banco di Srd (Italy)

Xavier

Rathan-Mayes

1994-04-29

6'3"

PG

Scarborough, Ont.

Westchester Knicks (G-League)

Phil

Scrubb

1992-11-27

6'3"

PG

Richmond, B.C.

Fraport SKY (Germany)

Thomas

Scrubb

1991-04-08

6'6"

SF

Richmond, B.C.

Scandone AV (Italy)

Marc

Trasolini

1990-06-21

6'9"

C

Vancouver, B.C.

Hokkaido L. (Japan)

Warren

Ward

1989-11-16

6'6"

G/F

London, Ont.

Caceres (Spain)

2017 SMNT STAFF LIST

Name

Position

Hometown

Roy Rana

Head Coach

Toronto, ON

Michael Meeks

Assistant Coach

Brampton, ON

Jack Sikma

Assistant Coach

Kankakee, Illinois

Dave Smart

Assistant Coach

Kingston, ON

Nathaniel Mitchell

Assistant Coach

Toronto, ON

Rowan Barrett

Assistant GM/Executive VP, Senior Men's Program

Mississauga, ON

James DePoe

Team Manager

Toronto, ON

David Grundman

Team Manager

Toronto, ON

Dr. John Philpott

Team Doctor

Miramichi, NB

Samuel Gibbs

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

Jason Meehan

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

Charlie Weingroff

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Newark, NJ

Dipesh Mistry

Video Coordinator

Markham, ON

Phil Jevtovic

Performance Analyst

Toronto, ON

Matt Walker

Communications Manager

Ancaster, ON

Peter Jensen

Sports Psychologist

Toronto, ON

2017 SMNT SCHEDULE

 

DATES

LOCATION

Training Camp

November 20-November 23

Halifax, NS, Canada

Bahamas vs. Canada

November 24

Halifax, NS, Canada

Travel to Dominican Republic

November 25

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

November 27

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic