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Just two days after announcing the Development Women’s National Team player invites Canada Basketball has announced the Development Men’s National Team that will be representing the Red and White at the FISU Games in Korea.

The DMNT list is full of some big time basketball talent but do you notice a difference between the two? In almost stark contrast from the women, the men’s team this time around is made up of exclusively all CIS players.

All CIS, No Canadian NCAA Content

Incidentally this is pretty cool but it’s a very different make up from the last FISU men’s team from 2013. The last team Canada sent to the FISU Games featured names like Pangos, Wiltjer, Bachynski, Ejim, Powell and Heslip.  The CIS players on that squad were Acadia’s Owen Klassen and Carleton’s Phil and Thomas Scrubb.  Ironically, Scrubbs will not be on this team even though they are eligible to play (and there may be a reason for that,  ahem, Senior Men’s camp).  The lone player who’s played on this team in the past is Ryerson’s Jahmal Jones.

Oakville, ON's Chris McLaughlin. (PHOTO:  Victoria Vikes Athletics)

Oakville, ON’s Chris McLaughlin. (PHOTO: Victoria Vikes Athletics)

Even though there are a few names from the NCAA level that could easily be considered for the DMNT this is still a pretty impressive set of players.  Going through the resumes you can count 11 of the 12 being named to a conference all star team this past season with five making All CIS honors (Johnny Berhanemeskal, Chris McLaughlin on the First Team, Jones, Tommy Nixon and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson on the Second Team) plus the CIS Player of the Year in Berhanemeskal. The one player who didn’t make a team this year, Bishop’s Mike Andrews, was a former all conference first teamer and defensive player of the year the previous season.  Even though you could have theoretically just put the ten guys on the All CIS Teams onto the roster this is still a very good set to go to basketball war with.

Since we’re talking about players, this list of players is it.  There isn’t a tryout process like with the women’s side so these guys were likely on a list before this the official announcement.  I’m sure the pool for this team could easily be expanded to double or triple the size if the tryout process was in effect.  There will be no fat trimming here, what you see is what you get with this DMNT.

Mississauga, ON's Jahmal Jones. (PHOTO: OUA)

Mississauga, ON’s Jahmal Jones. (PHOTO: OUA)


No AUS Representation?

The other note is that there isn’t a representative from the AUS conference. Of course there are a lot of players that we can make cases for to be on this team (Javon Masters, Meshack Lufile, Ty Scott, etc) but it just seems a little odd that not even one player from the AUS wasn’t selected.  I’m not sure if there were any players invited that maybe declined (and that is indeed possible) or could be injured (also possible) but not having a guy from out east on the team just doesn’t look right.

With that all being said the Development Men’s National Team, like the DWNT, has been a training ground for players that could potentially be in the Senior Men’s talent pool going forward so maybe there is purpose behind the selection.

Even though this is an international competition it’s not on the same prestige level as a FIBA championship or even the Commonwealth Games (which didn’t even have a basketball event the last time around) so it would makes sense for the National Program to put together a team of CIS players that have shown some interest and potential to wear the Red and White that haven’t already been selected to training camps in the past.  This is a great setting to see where there needs improvement and if these players would be reasonable additions to the player pool.

Ray Bala

Written by Ray Bala

Can Ball Ray has been a freelance writer for a few years and Canadian basketball junkie since the he found out Rowan Barrett was heading to St. John's on a full ride. He's spent many sleepness nights and many billable hours searching and tracking the many Canucks that play basketball online. When he's not writing about the game in Canada he's looking for new basketball sneakers or searching for vintage Nike Flight suits online ... or changing diapers.


11 thoughts on “FISU Roster: All CIS, No Scrubb Brothers & No AUS Representation

  1. Robert Bertuzzi says:

    What is Canada Basketball thinking? What are the likes of Dyshawn Pierre, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Justin Edwards, etc going to do this summer vis-a-vis national team programs?

    Looks absolutely ridiculous to me. What could the rationale possibly be especially given the composition of the women’s team along with the men’s roster fielded in 2013. Just when you think things are getting better something like this happens.

  2. WS says:

    Careful now – they got a Silver in 2011 ago with only a CIS team.
    The NCAA team two years ago (2013) – stacked with most of our best NCAA players – only finshed 4th.

    This is merely a development team trying to Id a variety of players that could help the SMNT. Mixing it up has its merits.

    1. Darin Frandsen says:

      That 2013 team played lights out. Beat the US three times but messed up in the semis. They should have won the whole thing.

  3. WS says:

    PS: The US is sending the Kansas Jayhawks as their representations…take that into consideration.

  4. WS says:

    PPS – Expect some of the names you mentioned to be on the PanAm games team instead.

  5. skinny says:

    not enough shooting.

  6. EC HOOPS says:

    No AUS Representation, Good luck to them. Another slap in the face to East Coast Basketball

  7. WJF says:

    Word is Meshack Lufile was included as an alternate but had passport issues and could not commit, so the AUS was considered.

  8. EC HOOPS says:

    No disrespect, but Lufile isn’t even the best forward in the AUS let alone best player.

    1. WJF says:

      Please tell me what player at the 4/5 position is better. Make an argument for someone at least, tell me you take. Cursic at Memorial is nice, an Barrie at SMU shows flashes, but I would never say they are better. There are guys that play more minutes, guys that shoot from distance better, guys that block shots better, guys that rebound better, but as a total package there is not one big-man in the AUS that is as complete a player as Meshack.

  9. Aus fan says:

    The top two scorers in the country are in the AUS ? …neither are there ? Wondering why they not considered ?

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