Canadian Cadet National Team Roster Released! Features Kevin Zabo, Chris Egi, Justin Jackson

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Canadian Cadet National Team

Canadian Cadet National Team | Courtesy: Canada Basketball

TORONTO – Canada Basketball announced the 12 athletes who will represent Canada at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania from June 29 – July 8. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1995. Canada has been placed into Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Korea, Lithuania and Spain.

“It was an extremely difficult process selecting our final roster,” said head coach, David DeAveiro. “We feel fortunate to have depth at the cadet age group.”

“Our final roster will reflect the depth, combining size and speed. We are comfortable playing multiple players in each position in many of our games,” added DeAveiro.

                                                             2012 CADET MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

# Name Position Height Hometown School (2011/12)
4 Kevin Zabo Guard 6’1 Gatineau, QC Montrose Christian
5 Jake Babic Guard 6’5 Oakville, ON St. Ignatius of Loyola
6 Tanveer Bhullar Centre 7’2 North York, ON Huntington Prep
7 Jordan Robinson Forward 6’7 Toronto, ON Quality Education Academy
8 Anthony Pate Guard 6’3 Oakville, ON St. Patrick’s
9 Malcolm Duvivier Guard 6’1 Toronto, ON St. Michael’s College
10 Patrick Steeves Guard 6’7 Montreal, QC Hotchkiss Prep
11 Marial Shayok Guard 6’5 Ottawa, ON St. Patrick’s
12 Justin Jackson Guard 6’6 Scarborough, ON Charles Gordon
13 Chris Egi Forward 6’8 Markham, ON St. Andrew’s College
14 Tyrell Bellot-Green Forward 6’6 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate
15 Chris McComber Forward 6’7 Nepean, ON John McCrae

Canada qualified for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship by placing third in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Prior to arriving in Lithuania, Canada will train and compete June 19-25, in Douai, France. During that time the Canadian Team will participate in the 26th World Douai Tournament, featuring U17 teams from Argentina, China, Croatia, Egypt, and France June 21-24.

Opening 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, Canada will play on June 29 against host country Lithuania; Canada will then face Croatia on June 30, Argentina on July 1 and Spain on July 3, before closing preliminary play against Korea on July 4. The top four finishing teams from each group will advance to the medal round with the quarterfinals staged on July 6, the semifinals on July 7 and the finals on July 8.

FIBAtv.com will be broadcasting the games from the quarter-finals to the finals.

The Canadian boys program is currently ranked fifth in the FIBA world rankings. These rankings combine both junior and cadet men’s national teams.

In the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men which was held in 2010, Canada won a bronze medal and had a record of 5-3. Gonzaga standout, Kevin Pangos was named to the All-Tournament Five, as the best point guard in the tournament.

                 26th World Douai Tournament – Canadian Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (EDT)

Thursday, June 21

China

14:00

Friday, June 22

France

11:30

Saturday, June 23

Egypt

9:00

Sunday, June 24

TBD – based on placement

2012 FIBA U17 World Championship – Canadian Preliminary Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (EDT)

Friday, June 29

Lithuania

11:35

Saturday, June 30

Croatia

8:45

Sunday, July 1

Argentina

13:25

Tuesday, July 3

Spain

2:00

Wednesday, July 4

Korea

2:00

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