TORONTO, ON – Canada Basketball’s Men’s High Performance is pleased to announce the 12 athletes, coaches and staff who will represent Canada at the U19 FIBA World Championships in Heraklion, Greece.
“It is an honour to take this group of young men and an incredible staff to Greece for the World Championship. The commitment and character of this group has been impressive,” said Roy Rana, Head Coach of the 2015 U19 Men’s National Team. “We look forward to representing our country with great passion and developing the next wave of Canadian talent that will represent our men’s team in the future.
Rana (Ryerson University) is coaching the U18/19 Men’s National Team for the fourth consecutive season. He is joined by assistant coaches Jamie McNeilly (Virginia Tech), Kirby Schepp (University of Manitoba) and Scott Morrison (Maine Red Claws). Canadian Basketball Hall of Famer, Steve Konchalski (St. Francis Xavier University) is a mentor coach for the group.
Five athletes return from the 2014 squad who finished 2nd at the FIBA Americas in Colorado Springs – the best ever finish for a Men’s Age-Group team: Dillon Brooks (University of Oregon), Christopher Egi (Harvard University), Corey Johnson (Northern Kings), Nevell Provo (Pine Ridge High School); and Drew Urquhart (University of Vermont).
Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA Men’s Age-Group rankings.
The team will head to Europe to train, as well as compete in exhibition games in Spain ahead of the World Championships. A full team and staff roster below, as well as competition schedule. U19 World Championship Games will be streamed live at www.youtube.com/FIBA. Follow @CanBball for links and score updates.
CLUB TEAM OR SCHOOL
|Dillon Brooks||F||6’7||Mississauga, ON||University of Oregon|
|Brody Clarke||F||6’8||Toronto, ON||University of Alberta|
|Jadon Cohee||G||6’4||Langley, BC||Seattle University|
|Christopher Egi||F||6’8||Markham, ON||Harvard University|
|Jordan Henry||G||5’9||Toronto, ON||Pine Ridge High School (Pickering)|
|Justin Jackson||F||6’7||Ajax, ON||Findlay Prep High School (Nevada)|
|Corey Johnson||G||6’3||Ottawa, ON||Vermont Academy (Saxtons River)|
|Abu Kigab||G||6’6||St. Catharines, ON||Saint Francis (St. Catharines)|
|Matthew Neufeld||C||6’10||Victoria, BC||Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita)|
|Jalen Poyser||G||6’4||Mississauga, ON||Orangeville Prep|
|Nevell Provo||G||6’0||Halifax, NS||Pine Ridge High School (Pickering)|
|Drew Urquhart||F||6’8||Vancouver, BC||University of Vermont|
|Roy Rana||Head Coach||Ryerson University|
|Jamie McNeilly||Assistant Coach||Virginia Tech|
|Kirby Schepp||Assistant Coach||University of Manitoba|
|Scott Morrison||Assistant Coach||Maine Red Claws|
|Steve Konchalski||Mentor Coach||St. Francis Xavier|
|James DePoe||Manager||Humber College|
|OPPONENT||DATE & TIME (EST)||LOCATION|
|Spain||June 13 – TBC||Bilbao, Spain (Exhibition)|
|Croatia||June 14 – TBC||Bilbao, Spain (Exhibition)|
|Australia||June 15 – TBC||Bilbao, Spain (Exhibition)|
|Australia||June 27 – 8:15 a.m.||Heraklion, Greece|
|Tunisia||June 28 – 8:15 a.m.||Heraklion, Greece|
|Italy||June 30 – 11:15 a.m.||Heraklion, Greece|