Universiade (men’s basketball): Heslip keeps shining for Canada
KAZAN, Russia (Courtesy of Kelsey Wright – FISU Young Reporter) - For the second night in a row, Canada’s Brady Heslip banked 22 points to assist in Canada’s second straight men’s basketball win of the 27th Summer Universiade.
On the first night of Ramadan, Canada beat the fasting United Arab Emirates team 137-43, completely dominating each facet of the game; out-rebounding the UAE by 39 and going on a 23-0 run in the fourth quarter.
Heslip, the Burlington, Ont., native, had Canada’s first six points of the game after sinking two deep three’s, and scoring nine of Canada’s first 14 points. He finished with 12 from beyond the arc.
The shooting guard from Baylor University knows his role on the team is bigger than simply scoring.
“I lead by example off the floor too,” he said. “It’s important with crucial games this weekend. My role is to stay focused myself so other guys see I’m focused and follow me.”
The 23-year-old has been representing Canada for four years, taking him places like China, Poland, Germany, Spain and France while competing for his nation.
“I’ve been really lucky,” he said. “Representing Canada and being able to do it [in Kazan] is amazing. I couldn’t be happier.”
Heslip’s dream growing up was always to play for his nation because his uncle, and now head coach, Jay Triano, always pushed the idea.
“He was always saying Canada, Canada, Canada,” said Heslip. “It wasn’t about the NBA, obviously that’s a goal, but it’s about representing your country.”
Heslip was also the leading scorer Sunday night in Canada’s victory over Sweden. Tonight, both Heslip and Kyle Wiltjer added 22 points to the contest.
The Canadian team will play again on Wednesday afternoon against Australia at the Miras Stadium.