Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) general manager Steve Nash and head coach Jay Triano addressed the media about the direction of the program and announce the list of 19 athletes who will be attending training camp – set to begin on Friday, August 2 at the Air Canada Centre.
"It’s been exciting watching and monitoring the achievements of our many talented athletes this year," said Nash. "It truly is the golden age of basketball in this country and we plan to build upon this momentum over the next three years as we look toward the 2016 Olympics and beyond. Our immediate goal is to prepare the team over the next month to be in the best possible position to secure a berth to next year’s FIBA World Cup."
There is much excitement surrounding Canadian players – from a historic first overall selection in the NBA Draft to success in professional leagues overseas and in recent FIBA competition. Canada’s student team compiled an impressive 15-2 record this summer and finished 4th at the FISU Summer Universiade. The Junior National team secured its highest-ever finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship with a sixth-place finish. The U16 squad captured the bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and secured a berth to next year’s World Championship.
“We have a great depth of talent and I am keeping close watch over all of our players in every age-group. This team will be built over time from the emergence of our young players and the leadership of our veterans. Our staff is dedicated to making the most of our time together in camp to prepare for the challenges ahead. We'll grow as a team and face the future together – I can't wait to get started,” said Triano.
This will be the first summer of competition with Nash and Triano at the helm after the pair reunited in the summer of 2012 to guide the program which they once famously led as player and coach.
The team’s first competition will be upcoming the 2013 Jack Donohue International Classic (JDIC) – a two-game exhibition series where Team Canada will welcome the Jamaican National Team to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on August 8th and 10th. It will be a rare opportunity for Canadian basketball fans to see the team before they head off for international competition. Tickets can be purchases via Ticketmaster.com.
The JDIC will serve as a preview for this fall’s FIBA Americas Championship where the Senior Men’s National Team will face Team Jamaica and eight additional countries from their FIBA zone for the right to represent their nations at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
2013 Senior Men's National Team – Training Camp Attendees
|Jermaine Anderson||Guard||6-2||Toronto, Ont.|
|Joel Anthony||Centre||6-9||Montreal, Que.|
|Olu Ashaolu||Forward||6-7||Toronto, Ont.|
|Junior Cadougan||Guard||6-1||Toronto, Ont.|
|Aaron Doornekamp||Forward||6-6||Odessa, Ont.|
|Carl English||Guard||6-5||St. John's, N.L.|
|Brady Heslip||Guard||6-2||Burlington, Ont.|
|Cory Joseph||Guard||6-3||Pickering, Ont.|
|Devoe Joseph||Guard||6-4||Pickering, Ont.|
|Kris Joseph||Forward||6-7||Montreal, Que.|
|Myck Kabongo||Guard||6-1||Toronto, Ont.|
|Levon Kendall||Forward||6-10||Vancouver, B.C.|
|Kyle Landry||Forward||6-9||Calgary, Alta.|
|Andrew Nicholson||Forward||6-9||Mississauga, Ont.|
|Andrew Rautins||Guard||6-5||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Philip Scrubb||Guard||6-3||Richmond, B.C.|
|Jevohn Shepherd||Forward||6-5||Scarborough, Ont.|
|Tristan Thompson||Forward||6-9||Brampton, Ont.|