19 ATHLETES SELECTED TO ATTEND SENIOR MEN'S TRAINING AND SELECTION CAMP

TORONTO, ON (August 18, 2017) - Canada Basketball's Men's High Performance program is pleased to announce the 19 athletes who will attend the Senior Men’s National Team training and selection camp at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto from August 19-24.
 
“We are excited to begin our journey to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 with the first test being the FIBA AmeriCup 2017,” said Roy Rana, Head Coach. “We are thankful for the opportunity to represent our country, look forward to competing for an Americas Championship and build towards November with an even deeper pool of talent.”
 
Rana will be joined by assistant coaches Craig Beaucamp, Jack Sikma, Michael Meeks and Nathaniel Mitchell.
 
The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will be played from August 25 to September 3, 2017 and brings together America's best 12 men's national teams.
 
Canada will be part of Group B in Bahía Blanca, Argentina and will take on the United States Virgin Islands on August 27 before facing Argentina and Venezuela to conclude the group phase. The top team in each group will advance to the Final Four of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.

“The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 is an opportunity for the program to assess our athlete pool and identify players to potentially join the team for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in November,” said Jay Triano, Senior Men’s National Team Program Head Coach.

Following the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, Canada's pursuit of a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 berth will continue with the 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.  Each team will compete against the other three teams on a home and away basis with Canada hosting the first game against Bahamas in Halifax, NS on November 24, 2017.
 
Canada's men are currently ranked 8th in the Americas and 24th globally.
 
Tryouts and training are closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.
 
Practices will take place at the BioSteel Centre (20 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON).


MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Sunday, August 20
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, August 22
2:15 p.m. Gym Opens
2:30 p.m. Availability

Thursday, August 24
1:45 p.m. Gym Opens
2:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

 

2017 SMNT TRAINING CAMP LIST

Name       

Position

Height

Hometown

Club/School (16-17)

Jermaine Anderson

Guard

6'2

Toronto, ON

Chalons-Reims (France)

Brady Heslip

Guard

6'2

Oakville, ON

Raptors 905 (G-League)

Nazareth Mitrou-Long

Guard

6'4

Mississauga, ON

Iowa State (NCAA)

Dyshawn Pierre

Small Forward

6'6

Whitby, ON

Banco di Srd (Italy)

Murphy Burnatowski

Power Forward

6'7

Kitchener, ON

Fribourg (Switzerland)

Joel Anthony

Centre

6'9

Montreal, QC

San Antonio Spurs (NBA)

Ammanuel Diressa

Guard

6'5

Toronto, ON

Ryerson University (U SPORTS)

Warren Ward

Guard

6'5

London, ON

Windsor Express (NBL)

Daniel Mullings

Guard

6'3

Toronto, ON

Kataja Basket (Finland)

Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6'4

Gatineau, QC

Le Mans (France)

Ransford Brempong

Power Forward

6'8

Brampton, ON

SB Battle (USA)

Duane NoticeGuard   6'2 Woodbridge, ONUniversity of South Carolina (NCAA)

Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6'4

Scarborough, ON

Florida State (NCAA)

Junior Cadougan

Guard

6'2

Toronto, ON

London Lightning (NBL)

Justin Edwards

Guard

6'3

Scarborough, ON

Betaland Cdo (Italy)

Richard Amardi

Forward

6'9

Toronto, ON

Niagara River Lions (NBL)

Grandy Glaze

Forward

6'7

Toronto, ON

Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico)

Joel Friesen

Guard

6'4

Abbotsford, BC

London Lightning (NBL)

Andrew Nicholson

Power Forward

6'9

Mississauga, ON

Washington Wizards /

Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

 

2017 SMNT STAFF LIST

Name

Position

Hometown

Roy Rana

Head Coach

Toronto, ON

Craig Beaucamp

Assistant Coach

Victoria, BC

Jack Sikma

Assistant Coach

Kankakee, Illinois

Michael Meeks

Assistant Coach

Brampton, ON

Nathaniel Mitchell

Assistant Coach

Toronto, ON

Kelly Forbes

Performance Consultant

Calgary, AB

Jay Triano

SMNT Program Head Coach

Tillsonburg, ON

David Grundman

Team Manager

Toronto, ON

Dipesh Mistry

Video Coordinator

Markham, ON

Phil Jevtovic

Performance Analyst

Toronto, ON

Samuel Gibbs

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

Jason Meehan

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

Charlie Weingroff

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Newark, NJ

John Philpott

Team Doctor

Miramichi, NB

 

2017 SMNT SCHEDULE

 

DATES

LOCATION

Training Camp

August 19-August 24

Toronto, ON, Canada

Training in Argentina

August 26

Bahia Blanca, Argentina

FIBA Americup 2017

 

August 27-29

  • August 27 vs. Virgin Islands
  • August 28 vs. Argentina
  • August 29 vs. Venezuela
  • Semifinals
  • Finals

Bahia Blanca, Argentina

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