The Canadian basketball Junior national team now sits at #3, according to the latest FIBA World Rankings, behind only the USA and Serbia.
For a full list of the 94 ranked countries, visit FIBA.
FIBA World Ranking – Junior Mens National Team
Canada, previously ranked sixth, has moved up the ladder after a second-place finish at last summers FIBA Americas–a program best.
Canada defeated Brazil (101-59), Dominican Republic (79-67), Puerto Rico (91-70) and Argentina (91-82) before losing to the U.S 113-79.
This summer, the JMNT will compete in the FIBA World Championships in Greece, with a wider talent pool to choose from, including players like Jamal Murray, Justin Jackson, Eddie Ekiyor & Nolan Narain to name a few.
If you aren’t familiar, that is BIG TIME talent mentioned above, which will make it that much tougher to make this team.
That being said, will success at the boys level translate to the men?
Comparatively, the senior national team is much lower in the world ranks, currently sitting at #25 after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Championships.
Expectations are higher than ever, with the plethora of current and upcoming NBA talent that is feeding the national program.
At the PAN AM games this summer in Toronto, the senior program will have an opportunity to compete against international competition on home soil.
An exciting time for Canadian basketball fans across the country!