Canadian Senior National Team Trims Roster to 14 En Route to Brazil

TORONTO, ON– The Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) has cut the roster down to 14 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2011 Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in Foz de Iguazu, Brazil from August 24 – 26.

The tournament will be a tune-up for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship which will take place from August 30 – September 11 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

At the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup the SMNT will begin tournament play on August 24 against Brazil, followed by Puerto Rico and conclude on August 26 against the Dominican Republic.

The SMNT roster for the Tuto Marchand Cup is an impressive list of 14 players, featuring professionals who have played all over the world. It is highlighted by eight athletes from last summer’s team including the NBA’s Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC). Anthony recently completed his fourth season in the NBA, all of them with the Miami Heat.

Adding more talent from the NBA is Andy Rautins (Syracuse, N.Y.), who spent his rookie season with the New York Knicks and Cory Joseph (Pickering, ON), who was recently selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Other members of the team include European professionals Carl English (St. John’s, NL), Jesse Young (Peterborough, ON), Jermaine Anderson (Toronto, ON), Denham Brown (Toronto, ON), Levon Kendall (Vancouver, B.C.), Aaron Doornekamp (Odessa, ON) and Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, ON). Rounding out the returning players is Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.), who played for Gonzaga University last year.

The SMNT have already played a number of tune-up games during phase one and two of their training camp, which included games in Europe and more recently, two games versus Belgium at the 2011 Jack Donohue International Classic. The SMNT beat Belgium both games in front of packed gymnasiums at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) and McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). Rautins was named Canada’s Player of the Game in game one of the series; while Olynyk garnered the honour in game two.

The Tuto Marchand Continental Cup will be broadcasted online at Boxscores and game stories of the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup and the FIBA Americas Championship will be posted at

Attached below are the SMNT roster and schedule for the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup as well as the preliminary round schedule for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

2011 SENIOR Men’s National Team Roster

Name  | Position | Height | Hometown | School/Club (2010/11)

Jermaine Anderson | Guard | 6’2 | Toronto, ON | Panionios (Greece)
Joel Anthony | Centre | 6’9 | Montreal, QC | Miami (NBA)
Denham Brown | Guard | 6’5 | Toronto, ON |Dnipro (Ukraine)
Murphy Burnatowski | Forward | 6’6 | Waterloo, ON | University of Maine (NCAA)
Aaron Doornekamp | Forward | 6’7 | Odessa, ON | Caserta (Italy)
Carl English | Guard | 6’5 | Paradise, NL | DKV Joventut (Spain)
Jeff Ferguson | Forward | 6’11 | Toronto, ON | Edmonton (IBL)
Alex Hartman | Forward | 6’7 | Portland, OR |Vancouver (Washington) (IBL)
Cory Joseph | Guard | 6’3 | Pickering, ON | University of Texas (NCAA)
Levon Kendall | Forward | 6’10 | Vancouver, BC | Obradorio (Spain)
Kelly Olynyk | Forward | 6’11 | Kamloops, BC | Gonzaga University (NCAA)
Andy Rautins | Guard | 6’5 | New York, NY | New York (NBA)
Jevohn Shepherd | Forward | 6’6 | Toronto, ON | Frankfurt (Germany)
Jesse Young |Forward | 6’10 | Peterborough, ON | Banca Tercas (Italy)

2011 Senior Men’s National Team Staff

Name | Position

Leo Rautins | Head Coach
Renato Pasquali | Assistant Coach
Scott Roth | Assistant Coach
Greg Francis | Assistant Coach
Sam Gibbs | Athletic Therapist
Dr. Andrew Pipe | Team Physician
Fatih Akser | Video Coordinator
Mat Yorke | Team Manager
Maurizio Gherardini | Managing Director

Foz de Iguazu, Brazil
Wednesday, August 2419:00 UTC (8:00 pm ET)CANADA vs. Brazil
Thursday, August 2519:00 UTC (8:00 pm ET)CANADA vs. Puerto Rico
Friday, August 2619:00 UTC (8:00 pm ET)CANADA vs. Dominican Republic

Mar Del Plata, Argentina
DATE | Time | Event

Tuesday, August 3120:30 ART (7:30 pm ET)CANADA vs. Brazil
Wednesday, September 118:00 ART (5:00 pm ET)CANADA vs. Dominican Republic
Thursday, September 211:30 ART (10:30 am ET)CANADA vs. Cuba
Wednesday, September 311:30 ART (10:30 am ET)CANADA vs. Venezuela

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