Cadet National Team Tryouts Have Kicked off…Tryout Roster Released

Team Canada Cadet Tryouts have begun
Team Canada Cadet Tryouts have begun

I walked into the gym last night in Toronto for Cadet National tryouts to a group of familiar faces; most from Ontario but also some from around the country. “Household names” such as Justin Jackson (Ajax, ON) and Jamal Murray (Kitchener, ON) were in attendance and out of towners included Jermaine Haley (British Columbia), Julian Roche (New Brunswick) Jerome Desrosiers (Quebec) Lindell Wigginton (Nova Scotia), along with a quartet from the nation’s capital.

“You have Justin [Jackson] whose had that international experience as well as Jamal [Murray] so those two will probably be our leaders moving forward,” said Head Coach Dave DeAveiro.

“A lot of raw talent here and athleticism…we’re just trying to harness it and slow them down a little bit. It’s going to be a difficult time selecting 12 athletes to represent Canada.”

Difficult would be an understatement. With twelve roster spots, there will undoubtedly be some high level talent left out of the mix. In the meantime, the twenty or so players battling for these spots will have to do just that.

“Overall we’re pleased, the effort level was tremendous…I think a lot of kids are still feeling their way through, not quite sure of themselves of what to do and what not to do,” continued DeAveiro.

The one-on-one drills had great intensity as players were split up by position, while the coaching staff stressed floor spacing in the scrimmages.

“We’re looking for kids who can shoot the ball, agile big guys that can run the floor, finish around the basket, and defend the basket.”

Coach DeAveiro will be focusing on implementing their defence throughout the rest of the camp and building chemistry for the team on both ends of the floor.

“When you bring this talent together in one gym, they come from programs where they are ‘the man’. It’s getting these guys to trust each other, share the ball, support each other and play for each other…that will be the biggest project.”

Team Canada hopefuls will have until next week to grow as one unit, before flying out to Maldonado, Uruguay for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 11-15.

“The most important thing is to qualify for the world championships next year and I  think we have the group to do this.”

Highlighting this athletic group is arguably the most explosive player on this list in Marcus Ottey. Remember what he did at the NPH Platform?

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2013 Cadet Men’s National Team Tryout Roster

Name Position Height Hometown
Marcus Anderson Guard 6-1 Brampton, Ont.
Jauquin Bennett Boire Guard 6-2 Abbotsford, B.C.
Maxime Boursiquot Forward 6-4 Ottawa, Ont.
Daniel Cummings Forward 6-5 Scarborough, Ont.
Brandon Cyrus Forward 6-4 Oakville, Ont.
Jerome Desrosiers Forward 6-6 Montreal, Que.
Eddie Ekiyor Forward 6-8 Ottawa, Ont.
Quinton Gray Guard 6-2 Richmond Hill, Ont.
Jermaine Haley Guard 6-4 Burnaby, B.C.
Kevin Hamlet Forward 6-6 Scarborough, Ont.
Justin Jackson Forward 6-6 Ajax, Ont.
Nelson Kaputo Guard 6-0 Toronto, Ont.
Tyrell Leotaud Forward 6-5 Ajax, Ont.
Jaques Lukusa Guard 5-11 Ottawa, Ont.
Koby McEwen Guard 6-2 Toronto, Ont.
Jamal Murray Guard 6-3 Kitchener, Ont.
Nolan Narain Centre 6-9 Hamilton, Ont.
Marcus Ottey Guard 6-1 Ajax, Ont.
Tyler Plummer Forward 6-4 Vaughan, Ont.
Julian Roche Centre 6-10 Saint John, N.B.
Malick Turenne Forward 6-5 Gatineau, Que.
Lindell Wigginton Guard 5-10 Dartmouth, N.S.
Kalif Young Forward 6-7 Toronto, Ont.

2013 Cadet Men’s National Team Staff

Name Position
Dave DeAveiro Head Coach
Barnaby Craddock Assistant Coach
Stephan Barrie Assistant Coach
Darrell Glenn Apprentice Coach
Peter Campbell Mentor Coach
Mary Lalancette Therapist
Chris Aim Manager
Mark Leung Doctor


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