Featuring 17 NBA players, Canada Basketball today announced the squad from which the team will be selected for the 2019 FIBA World Cup as well as the Boomers vs. Canada Basketball games in Perth at RAC Arena on August 16 and 17.
A finalised list of attendees will be announced prior to the training camp before Canada will begin exhibition play against Nigeria with a two-game series on August 7 and 9.
At the conclusion of the two-game series against Nigeria, Canada Basketball will then select their team for the FIBA World Cup that will travel to Australia for the exhibition games against the Boomers in Perth on August 16 and 17 at RAC Arena.
The squad includes 17 NBA players including R.J. Barrett (New York Knicks), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings), Trey Lyles (San Antonio Spurs), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks) and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Canada is returning to the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010 as one of the fastest rising basketball nations in the world.
“We’re excited about the group of athletes that we have invited to training camp next month in Toronto,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance.
“These athletes demonstrate the depth of talent we now have in our country, as we prepare to meet the challenge of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.”
The Canadian team will arrive in Perth for exhibition games against the Boomers on August 16 and 17 before travelling to Sydney for games against New Zealand and USA Basketball.
The Boomers announced their squad in May featuring nine NBA players from the past season in Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Aron Baynes (Phoenix Suns), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Mitch Creek (Minnesota Timberwolves), Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers) and Matthew Dellavedova and Deng Adel (Cleveland Cavaliers).
In addition, Bogut, Baynes, Mills, Ingles, Dellavedova, Chris Goulding (Melbourne United) and Brock Motum (Anadolu Efes) represented the Boomers at the Rio Olympics while Nick Kay (Perth Wildcats), Mitch McCarron (Melbourne United) and Nathan Sobey (Brisbane Bullets) competed in ten of the 12 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Canada Basketball’s list of invitees for the 2019 FIBA World Cup training camp:
|Name||Position||Height||Hometown||Previous / Current Club|
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker||Guard||6’5”||Toronto, ON||New Orleans Pelicans|
|R.J. Barrett||Guard||6’7”||Mississauga, ON||New York Knicks|
|Aaron Best||Guard||6’4”||Scarborough, ON||Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)|
|Khem Birch||Centre||6’9”||Montreal, QC||Orlando Magic|
|Chris Boucher||Centre||6’10”||Montreal, QC||Toronto Raptors|
|Oshae Brissett||Forward||6’8”||Mississauga, ON||Syracuse Orange (NCAA)|
|Dillon Brooks||Forward||6’7″||Mississauga, ON||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Brandon Clarke||Centre||6’8”||Vancouver, BC||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Aaron Doornekamp||Forward||6’7”||Napanee, ON||Valencia Basket (Spain)|
|Luguentz Dort||Guard||6’4”||Montreal, QC||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Guard||6’6”||Hamilton, ON||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Melvin Ejim||Forward||6’6″||Toronto, ON||BC UNICS (Russia)|
|Brady Heslip||Guard||6’2”||Burlington, ON||Istanbul BBSK (Turkey)|
|Cory Joseph||Guard||6’3″||Toronto, ON||Sacramento Kings|
|Mfiondu Kabengele||Forward||6’10”||Burlington, ON||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Naz Mitrou-Long||Guard||6’4”||Mississauga, ON||Salt Lake City Stars (G League)|
|Trey Lyles||Forward||6’10”||Saskatoon, SK||San Antonio Spurs|
|Jamal Murray||Guard||6’4”||Kitchener, ON||Denver Nuggets|
|Andrew Nembhard||Guard||6’5”||Aurora, ON||Florida Gators (NCAA)|
|Kelly Olynyk||Forward||7’0″||Kamloops, BC||Miami Heat|
|Kevin Pangos||Guard||6’2”||Newmarket, ON||FC Barcelona Basketball (Spain)|
|Dwight Powell||Forward||6’11”||Toronto, ON||Dallas Mavericks|
|Phil Scrubb||Guard||6’4″||Richmond, BC||Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)|
|Thomas Scrubb||Forward||6’7”||Richmond, BC||Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)|
|Marial Shayok||Forward||6’5”||Ottawa, ON||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Andy Rautins||Guard||6’4”||Syracuse, NY||Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (Turkey)|
|Nik Stauskas||Guard||6’6”||Mississauga, ON||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Tristan Thompson||Centre||6’10”||Brampton, ON||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Kyle Wiltjer||Forward||6’10”||Portland, OR||Unicaja Malaga (Spain)|
Canada Basketball warm-up schedule ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
Friday 16 August 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth. Tickets Available Via Ticketek
Saturday 17 August 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth. Tickets Available Via Ticketek