TORONTO, Ont. (June 24, 2022) - Canada Basketball announced Friday the 16 athletes participating in Senior Men's National Team training camp next week ahead of the third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Canada will face the Dominican Republic on July 1 (7:00 p.m. ET) at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton before travelling to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a matchup on July 4 (5:00 p.m. ET), live on Sportsnet.
Tickets to see Canada-Dominican Republic clash on Canada Day are on sale now via Ticketmaster. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be Canada’s first game on home soil in over two years since February 2020 when the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers took place in Oshawa, Ont.
Training camp will take place next week, June 27-30, at OVO Athletic Centre in Toronto.
The players attending training camp and participating in the third 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 16 athletes participating, RJ Barrett, Oshae Brissett, Khem Birch, Luguentz Dort, Jamal Murray and Kevin Pangos, will attend training camp but will not participate in the third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. Cory Joseph received a team exemption due to family reasons and will not attend training camp next week.
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 is in Group C for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers and will face the Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands and Bahamas. Canada is undefeated through the first two windows with a 4-0 record and has successfully qualified for the second round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
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.