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Canadian Men’s 3x3 National Team roster finalized ahead of FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024



May 15, 2024

TORONTO (May 15, 2024) — Canada Basketball announced Wednesday the Canadian Men’s 3x3 National Teams that will represent Canada this weekend at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024.

Jérôme Desrosiers, Bikramjit Gill, Alex Johnson and Kamar McKnight will suit up for Canada at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024, which runs from Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, in Debrecen, Hungary. Canada must finish in the top three teams in the tournament to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

Canada is in Pool C for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 and will face 16th-ranked Spain (8:50 a.m. ET, May 16), 21st-ranked Egypt (10:40 a.m. ET, May 16), and 6th-ranked France (11:55 a.m. ET, May 18) in pool play.  The top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarter-finals.  Those four quarterfinal winners will meet in the semifinals, with each semifinal winner and the third-place finisher qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.  The official FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 website shows the full matchup schedule.

Fans in Canada can catch all the action streaming across CBC digital platforms, including the free CBC Gem streaming service, and CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices or FIBA 3x3 YouTube.  

Gill and Johnson are familiar faces for Canada and will reunite this weekend in Hungary. The pair have previously represented the red and white several times, most recently at the FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup 2023, and sit just outside the top 100 in the FIBA 3x3 Individual Player Rankings.   McKnight joins forces again with Gill and Johnson, as the trio have played together in several recent 3x3 events as Team Toronto, including last summer at the Yichang Challenger 2023 and Québec Challenger 2023.  While Desrosiers hasn’t represented Canada internationally in 3x3, this won’t be his first time playing for the country. He played in both the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men. Desrosiers has also spent time on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour with Chicago and Princeton. 

After being granted Olympic status in 2017, 3x3 basketball debuted four years ago at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Eight men's and eight women's teams will compete at the 3x3 event from July 30 to August 5, held at the iconic Place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris. Six teams, three countries per gender, have directly qualified for Paris 2024 based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking as of November 1, 2023.

The team qualified for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 as one of the top 14-16 teams (yet to qualify) in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking. Canada is currently ranked 15th in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Rankings.