JUNIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCES INVITATIONAL TRYOUT ROSTER AND SCHEDULE

TORONTO - Canada Basketball has announced the 22 athletes who will participate in the invitational tryouts for a spot on the junior men’s national team. The 2012 junior men’s national team is for Canadian athletes born January 1,1994 or later. This summer, the team will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, in Brazil from June 16 - 20. The tryouts will take place at Ryerson University beginning May 18 - 21. 

2012 JUNIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – INVITATIONAL TRYOUT ROSTER 

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

School (2011-12)

Matthew Atewe
Centre
6-9
Brampton, ON
La Jolla Prep (HS)
Braxston Bunce
Centre
6-10
Kelowna, BC
Kelowna S.S. (HS)
Joseph Chartouny
Guard
6-3
Saint Hubert, QC
Jean de Brébeuf (HS)
Joey DeCiman
Guard
6-5
Regina, SK
Dr. Martin LeBoldus (HS)
Tyler Ennis
Guard
6-2
Brampton, ON
St. Benedict's Prep (HS)
Mitchell Goodwin
Guard
6-2
Kelowna, BC
Kelowna S.S. (HS)
John Hegwood Jr.
Guard
6-3
Calgary, AB
Bishop Grandin (HS)
Kaza Keane
Guard
6-1
Ajax, ON
Christian Faith Center Academy (HS)
Nick Madray
Forward
6-8
Missisauga, ON
Findlay Prep (HS)
MiKyle McIntosh
Forward
6-6
Pickering, ON
Christian Faith Center Academy (HS)
Conor Morgan
Forward
6-8
Victoria, BC
Mount Douglas (HS)
Duane Notice
Guard
6-2
Woodbridge, ON
St. Michael's (HS)
Agunwa Okolie
Forward
6-8
Ajax, ON
Denis O'Connor (HS)
Marko Pirovic
Forward
6-7
Bolton, ON
Robert F. Hall (HS)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Guard
6-4
Scarborough, ON
Huntington Prep (HS)
Jamal Reynolds
Guard
6-4
Pickering, ON
Pineridge S.S. (HS)
Cameron Smythe
Centre
6-10
Vancouver, BC
Sir Charles Tupper (HS)
Denzell Taylor
Forward
6-7
Toronto, ON
St. Benedict's Prep (HS)
Joel Tschimanga
Forward
6-7
Montreal, QC
St. Jean Baptiste School (HS)
Isaiah Watkins
Forward
6-8
Toronto, ON
St. Benedict's Prep (HS)
Jordan Whyte
Guard
6-5
Courtice, ON
The Rock Sports Academy (HS)
Andrew Wiggins
Forward
6-7
Concord, ON
Huntington Prep (HS)


Head coach of the junior men’s national team, Roy Rana commented on the list of invitees coming to the tryouts.
 

“Our staff and organization is incredibly excited to get underway with the first phase of our junior men’s national team process. This junior group is reflective of the excellent collective efforts of so many Canadian coaches, clubs and schools.”

Rana continued saying, “As a result, we have one of deepest talent pools in recent memory. This has the makings to be a very special team and age group on our pathway to the senior men’s national team.”

The Canadian Junior Men’s National Team is one of eight teams who will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men. The Canadian team will face tough competition in the preliminary round as they have been assigned to Group B, which includes; Argentina, Colombia and Puerto Rico.

Canada will need a top-four finish in order to qualify for next year’s FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, in the Czech Republic.

In the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, Canada earned a bronze medal finish which earned them a berth into 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, where they finished 11th.

Players who have played for Canada’s junior men’s national team in the recent past include: Tristan Thompson (2008 and 2009), Cory Joseph (2007 and 2009), Kyle Wiltjer (2010), Myck Kabongo (2010), Khem Birch (2010) and Kevin Pangos (2011).  

Canada will be looking to medal in this event for the third consecutive time.

The tryout schedule is as follows: 
 

2012 JUNIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – INVITATIONAL TRYOUT SCHEDULE  

All practices will be at Ryerson University, Kerr Hall Gym. 

Date
Time
Friday, May 18
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, May 19
11:00am – 1:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, May 20
11:00am – 1:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Monday, May 21

11:00am – 1:00pm


Note: All practices will be open to spectators. The court area will be closed, but spectators are allowed to watch from the 2nd
floor balcony that overlooks the court.