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12 athletes selected to represent Canada at FIBA U18 Men's Americup 2024

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Jun 2, 2024

TORONTO (June 2, 2024) – Canada Basketball announced Sunday the U18 Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming FIBA U18 Men’s AmeriCup 2024.

The FIBA U18 Men’s AmeriCup 2024 will run June 3-9, 2024, at the Obras Sanitarias Stadium, also known as the "Temple of Rock", in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The field will comprise the top eight teams from across the Americas zone.

Canada is in Group A, along with Dominican Republic (June 3, 2:10 p.m. ET), Puerto Rico (June 4, 11:40 a.m. ET) and Venezuela (June 5, 11:40 a.m. ET). All the action will be streaming live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

Canada will look to improve on their last showing at the U18 tournament, where the red and white captured bronze behind an 81-57 win over this year’s hosts, Argentina.

7-foot-7 centre Olivier Rioux will make his fourth straight age-group national team appearance with Canada, most recently competing with the U19 men’s national team last summer, which placed seventh overall.

Rioux, alongside Jaion Pitt – who previously competed with the U17 (2022)and U19 (2023) national teams – will be looked at early and often for their experience on the international stage. 

Head Coach Ramón Díaz will make his Canadian national team coaching debut at the tournament, joined by Nathan Grant who previously coached at both this age group in 2022 and the U19 national team last summer, as well as Charles Hantoumakos, and former senior national team player, Kyle Landry.

The top four teams from the FIBA U18 Men’s AmeriCup 2024 will qualify for the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup 2025.

Canada is currently ranked 9th overall in the FIBA men’s age-group rankings, presented by Nike.