TORONTO, Ont. (August 18, 2022) - Canada Basketball announced Thursday the 15 athletes participating in Senior Men's National Team training camp next week ahead of the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Canada will face Argentina on August 25 (7:40 p.m. PT) at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria before travelling to Panama for a matchup on August 29 (8:10 p.m. ET), live on Sportsnet. Tickets to see Team Canada take on Argentina are on sale now via Select Your Tickets.
Training camp will take place at the University of Victoria and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre from August 22-24. In addition to the training camp ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, Canada Basketball and the Senior Men’s National Team program will also host a FIBA AmeriCup 2022 training camp as well.
The players attending training camp and participating in the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers are part of a broader Senior Men’s National Team player pool that has committed to representing Canada internationally over the course of the next several years in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
In addition to the 15 athletes participating, RJ Barrett, Khem Birch, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort, and Jamal Murray will attend training camp but will not participate in the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Eighty national teams will play games across six qualifying windows to secure their place among the 30 teams who will join hosts Japan and the Philippines in the 32-team edition of FIBA's flagship event.
In the Americas region, 16 teams will face off over two rounds with the three best teams from each group, and the fourth-placed team qualifying for the FIBA Basketball 2023 World Cup. For additional information on the format of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, click here.
Canada was the only country in the Americas to go undefeated (6-0) in the First Round and is in Group E for the Second Round along with Venezuela (5-1), Argentina (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2), Panama (2-4), and Bahamas (2-4).
In this Second Round, the 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six. The teams that advanced from Groups A and C of the first phase, now make up Group E and those that come from Groups B and D, will make up Group F. The three best in each group and the best fourth place will move on to the World Cup.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, set to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023, will see the Group Phase take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. The Final Phase will follow in the Philippines capital city of Manila.
Canada is currently ranked 18th in the FIBA World Ranking presented by Nike.