U18 MEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM ANNOUNCED | Canada Basketball

U18 MEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON (July 14, 2016) - Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 2016 U18 men's national team. The 12-man squad will compete at the U18 FIBA Americas in Valdivia, Chile and will look to qualify for the 2017 U19 World Championships.

"We're pleased with the passion and commitment that this group of young men brought to camp and we look forward to representing Canada in Chile," said Roy Rana, head coach.
 
The squad will complete training camp tomorrow at Humber College in Toronto and head to Valdivia to represent Canada at the 2016 U18 FIBA Americas from July 19th-July 23.
 
Rana (Ryerson University) will be joined by assistants Jamie McNeilly (Virginia Tech), Kirby Schepp (University of Manitoba), Craig Beaucamp (University of Victoria) and mentor coach, Steve Konchalski (St. Francis Xavier University).

In 2015, the U19 team placed 5th at the U19 FIBA World Championships - the programs best-ever finish. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA youth men rankings.
 
A full list of athletes and coaches can be found below. For media requests, please contact bwilliams@basketball.ca.

2016 U18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

NAMEPOSITIONHEIGHTHOMETOWNCLUB/SCHOOL
Jaden BediakoF6'11Brampton, ONSt. Marcellinus
O’Shae BrissettF6'8Pickering, ONFindlay Prep
Nate DarlingG6'3Halifax, NSDeMatha Catholic
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderG6'5Hamilton, ONHamilton Heights Christian
Jahvon Henry-BlairG6'3Brampton, ONOrangeville Prep
Jordan HenryG5’9Pickering, OntarioPine Ridge High School
Abu KigabF6'6St. Catharine, ONProlific Prep
Grant ShephardF6'9Kelowna, BCKelowna SS
Josip VrankicF6’8Etobicoke, ONWasatch Academy
James WagnerF6'7Winnipeg, MBJohn Taylor Collegiate
Nickeil WalkerG6’6Scarborough, ONHamilton Heights Christian
Lindell WiggintonG6'3Dartmouth, NSOak Hill Academy

2016 U18 COACHING & STAFF
NAMEPOSITIONHOMETOWNTEAM/CLUB
Roy RanaHead CoachToronto, ONRyerson University
Jamie McNeillyAssistant CoachToronto, ONVirginia Tech University
Kirby ScheppAssistant CoachWinnipeg, MBUniversity of Manitoba
Craig BeaucampAssistant CoachBurnaby, BCUniversity of Victoria
Krisjon VargasTherapistToronto, ONCanada Basketball
James DePoeManagerToronto, ONHumber College
Ian CohenDoctorToronto, ONUniversity of Toronto
 
2016 U18 SCHEDULE
DATEITEMLOCATION
July 15th - 18th, 2016TrainingValdivia, Chile
July 19th, 2016Vs. ArgentinaU18 FIBA Americas, Valdivia, Chile
July 20th, 2016Vs. Dominican Republic
July 21st, 2016Vs. Brazil
July 22nd, 2016Semi-Finals
July 23rd, 2016Finals