Canadian Junior National Team Training Camp Roster Released

The Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) training camp will begin on June 9 with 22 talented athletes. The 10-day camp will be held at Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall Gymnasium following the junior age-group open tryout on June 8. On June 11, JMNT hopefuls will be split into two groups to compete against one another in the 2013 edition of the Red and White intrasquad game.

Andrew Wiggins Above the Rim
Andrew Wiggins Above the Rim

Head coach Roy Rana will once again take the helm of the JMNT as it prepares for the competitive season ahead. The native of Toronto, Ont. will serve as the team’s bench boss for the second consecutive season. He will be joined by assistants Jamie McNeilly and Scott Morrison.

Coach Rana will look to improve upon last summer’s impressive third-place finish at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men. “We have a tough task ahead of us, but I believe in the strength, ability and athleticism of the group that we have assembled. Last summer was an excellent learning experience for these young men. Now it’s time to focus that growth with hard work and prepare for this summer”.

Canada Basketball’s assistant general manager and executive vice-president of the Senior Men’s Program, Rowan Barrett, echoed the coach’s sentiments. “These athletes have shown tremendous skill for their respective teams and in the past with the National Team program. We’re very excitied that they are taking the next step in their development with this team.”

Following training camp, the JMNT’s first test will come in the form of a pair of exhibition games against two solid opponents: Brazil and the United States. The two tune-up contests will lead directly into this summer’s FIBA U19 World Championship in the Czech Republic. The premiere competition for the U19 age-group will begin on June 27 and finish on July 7 where one team will be crowned world champions.

For additional information regarding the FIBA U19 World Championship, please visit the tournament’s official site.

2013 Junior Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster

Name Position Height Hometown
Matthew Atewe Post 6-9 Brampton, Ont.
Manroop Clair Guard 6-2 Vancouver, B.C.
Jabari Craig Post 6-10 Toronto, Ont.
Joey De Cimon Wing 6-5 Regina, Sask.
Chris Egi Post 6-8 Markham, Ont.
Tyler Ennis Guard 6-2 Brampton, Ont.
Justin Jackson Wing 6-6 Ajax, Ont.
Miroslav Jaksic Post 6-9 Windsor, Ont.
Kaza Keane Guard 6-2 Ajax, Ont.
Trey Lyles Post 6-10 Saskatoon, Sask.
Mikyle McIntosh Wing 6-6 Pickering, Ont.
Conor Morgan Wing 6-8 Victoria, B.C.
Duane Notice Guard 6-3 Woodbridge, Ont.
Agunwa Okolie Post/Wing 6-8 Ajax, Ont.
Emmanuel Owootoah Guard 5-10 Toronto, Ont.
Marko Pirovic Post 6-7 Bolton, Ont.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Wing 6-4 Scarborough, Ont.
Jamal Reynolds Wing 6-4 Pickering, Ont.
Marial Shayok Wing 6-5 Ottawa, Ont.
Denzell Taylor Post 6-7 Brampton, Ont.
Andrew Wiggins Wing 6-7 Concord, Ont.
Kevin Zabo Guard 6-1 Gatineau, Que.

2013 Junior Men’s National Team Staff

Name Position
Roy Rana Head Coach
Jamie McNeilly Assistant Coach
Scott Morrison Assistant Coach
Steve Konchalski Mentor Coach
Jesse Young Apprentice Coach
Mike Meeks Guest Coach
Kirby Schepp Guest Coach
Krisjon Vargas Athletic Therapist
James DePoe Team Manager
David Cox Sports Psychologist
Pat Traynor Stats & Analysis
Borko Popic Stats & Analysis
Matt McDonald Video Co-ordinator
John Philpott Doctor
Mikeala Berza Camp Assistant

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