TEN CANADIAN ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN NBA AMERICAS TEAM CAMP

TORONTO, Ont. August 13, 2014— Canada Basketball is pleased to participate in the 2014 Americas Team Camp presented by NIKE in Toronto, from August 17 to 20.

 

“We’re excited to have the Americas Team Camp presented by NIKE here this summer,” said Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director, Canada Basketball. “This is a great opportunity to show our friends from our fellow FIBA Americas countries what Canada is like, while showcasing some of our top young athletes, coaches and NBA talent.”

 

A total of 60 athletes from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico) will participate in intensive basketball drills and competition, directed by NBA athletes and coaches.

 

The camp will include appearances by Canadian NBA players, and Jay Triano, head coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team and an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

Roy Rana, head coach of the Canada Basketball’s Junior Men’s National Team and Ryerson University Rams (CIS) will lead the Canadians in the four-day event at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. A full list of Canadian athletes can be found below.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our young athletes to learn valuable skills from some of the world’s top coaches and players,” said Rana. “It also provides them the unique experience to play and learn alongside their international competitors while on home soil.” 

 

Also participating in the camp are NBA assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks, Chris Finch of the Houston Rockets, Brett Gunning of the Orlando Magic, Eric Hughes of the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as Canadian citizen and Swaziland native Jama Mahlalela of the Toronto Raptors. Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets will act as Camp Director. Coaches from each country will also attend the camp and learn alongside NBA coaches.

 

Canada Basketball will also use the weekend to host a coach school and clinic in partnership with the NBA.

 

“Coaching education continues to be a key focus for Canada Basketball,” added O’Keefe. “This event is the perfect opportunity to invite Canadian coaches to see what international basketball looks like at this age, while learning from NBA coaches."

 

For more information on the coaching school, please visit http://bit.ly/1uHM8bD.


2014 CANADIAN PARTICIPANTS

 

LAST

FIRST

POSITION

HEIGHT

HOMETOWN

CLUB

HIGH SCHOOL

Gumbs Frater

Tyrell

Guard

6'3

Scarborough

Markham Gators/Grassroots

St Benedict’s Prep, NJ

Blair

Jahvon

Guard

6'1

Brampton

CIA Bounce

St Edmund Campion, ON

Holness

Jordan

Guard

6'2

North York

Canada Elite

Emery C.I. , ON

Longpre

Anthony

Forward

6'9

l'Assumption

Brookwood Bounce  Elite

Glenelg Country School, MD

Mike

Isiaha

Forward

6'7

Toronto

Hoops Canada Elite

St Benedict's Prep, NJ

Turenne

Malick

Forward

6'5

Ottawa

Ottawa Guardsmen/CIA Bounce

22 Feet Academy, SC

Wigginton

Lindell

Guard

6'2

Halifax

Grassroots

Oak Hill Academy, VA

Djuricic

Danilo

Forward

6'6

Brampton

CIA Bounce

St Michael’s College, ON

Shittu

Simisola

Forward

6'7

Burlington

CIA Bounce

Corpus Christi School, ON

Greenaway

Kordell

Guard

6'4

Montreal

Brookwood Bounce Elite

Heritage Regional High School, QC

CANADA BASKETBALL COACHING STAFF

LAST

FIRST

POSITION

Rana

Roy

Coach

Vargas

Krisjon

Athletic Therapist

  

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For more information, please contact:

Bailey Williams
Coordinator, Men’s High Performance                
Canada Basketball
Tel 647-460-7976                

bwilliams@basketball.ca

Sinead Brown

Paradigm Public Relations

Tel 416-413-5193

sbrown@paradigmpr.ca

 

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