OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Canada Basketball, announced Wednesday the student-athletes and staff members who will represent the country in men’s basketball at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
Canada is the reigning silver medallist from the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China. In 20 all-time appearances at the biennial tournament, the Canadian men have reached the podium nine times, including their lone FISU title in 1983 in Edmonton.
The 2013 roster is comprised of guards Mangisto Arop of Edmonton, Melvin Ejim of Toronto, Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., and Philip Scrubb of Richmond, B.C.; forwards Murphy Burnatowski of Waterloo, Ont., Owen Klassen of Kingston, Ont., Daniel Mullings of Toronto, Dwight Powell of Toronto, Thomas Scrubb of Richmond and Kyle Wiltjer of Portland, Ore.; as well as 7-foot-2 centre Jordan Bachynski of Calgary.
The Scrubb brothers have led the Carleton University Ravens to the CIS national title in each of their three seasons with the team. Philip is the reigning two-time CIS player of the year, while Thomas was named MVP of the 2013 CIS championship.
Wiltjer helped the Kentucky Wildcats capture the NCAA banner in his freshman campaign in 2011-12. The 6-foot-9 forward, who holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship, is the son of Greg Wiltjer, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and represented Canada at the Los Angeles Olympics that same summer.
Klassen, the second tallest player on the line-up at 6-foot-10, was named a CIS all-Canadian each of the past two seasons. He is the only returning member from the 2011 FISU roster.
“Our student team has done well in their preparations thus far under the leadership of Jay Triano and his staff,” said Rowan Barrett, assistant general manager and executive vice-president of Canada’s Senior Men’s Program. “We look forward to our team being very competitive and representing Canada with great pride on the international stage.”
Triano, the senior national team head coach who played on the Universiade-winning squad in 1983, will be assisted in Kazan by CIS coaches Greg Francis (Waterloo), John Campbell (Toronto) and Shawn Swords (Laurentian).
Rounding out the staff are team manager Patrick Tatham, video coordinator Kade Beard, statistician Scottie Stats and athletic therapist Sam Gibbs.
Canada prepared for the Universiade competition by taking part in the Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament last month in China, where the team kept an unblemished 9-0 record against the host country, the United States and Latvia. The scores of the three wins over the USA were 75-73, 86-62 and 95-93 in double overtime.
In the preliminary round of the 24-team FISU tourney, the Canucks will battle in Pool C versus Sweden (July 7), the United Arab Emirates (July 8), Australia (July 10), the Czech Republic (July 11) and the USA (July 12).
The much-anticipated tilt against the United States will be webcast live on www.fisu.tv at 1 p.m. Kazan Time (5 a.m. Eastern Time).
Reigning two-time champion Serbia is in Pool B with Romania,
Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and Mongolia. Host Russia is in Pool
A with Germany, Ukraine, South Korea, Estonia and Oman, while
Lithuania, Finland, Brazil, China, Chile and Norway make up Pool
The gold-medal final is set for July 16.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
|9||Mangisto Arop||Guard||6-6||Indiana State University||Edmonton, Alberta|
|13||Jordan Bachynski||Centre||7-2||Arizona State University||Calgary, Alberta|
|14||Murphy Burnatowski||Forward||6-7||Colgate University||Waterloo, Ontario|
|7||Melvin Ejim||Guard||6-6||Iowa State University||Brampton, Ontario|
|5||Brady Heslip||Guard||6-2||Baylor University||Waco, Texas|
|15||Owen Klassen||Forward||6-10||Acadia University||Ottawa, Ontario|
|10||Daniel Mullings||Forward||6-2||New Mexico State||Toronto, Ont.|
|4||Kevin Pangos||Guard||6-1||Gonzaga University||Holland Landing, Ontario|
|12||Dwight Powell||Forward||6-9||Stanford University||Toronto, Ontario|
|11||Philip Scrubb||Guard||6-3||Carleton University||Ottawa, Ontario|
|8||Thomas Scrubb||Forward||6-5||Carleton University||Richmond, British Columbia|
|6||Kyle Wiltjer||Forward||6-9||University of Kentucky||West Linn, Oregon|
Position - Name - Affiliation
Head Coach Jay Triano Canada Basketball
Assistant Coach Greg Francis University of Waterloo
Assistant Coach John Campbell University of Toronto
Assistant Coach Shawn Swords Laurentian University
Athletic Therapist Sam Gibbs -
Video Coordinator Kade Beard -
Team Manager Patrick Tatham -
Statistician Scottie Stats -
UNIVERSIADE POOLS & SCHEDULE:
Pool A: Russia, Germany, Ukraine, South Korea, Estonia, Oman
Pool B: Serbia, Romania, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Mongolia
Pool C: CANADA, USA, Czech Republic, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Sweden
Pool D: Lithuania, Finland, Brazil, China, Chile, Norway
July 7: Canada vs. Sweden
July 8: Canada vs. United Arab Emirates
July 10: Canada vs. Australia
July 11: Canada vs. Czech Republic
July 12: Canada vs. USA (1 pm Kazan Time / 5 am ET - live webcast on www.FISU.tv)
July 14: Quarter-finals
July 15: Semifinals
July 16: Final
CANADA’S ALL-TIME UNIVERSIADE RESULTS IN MEN’S BASKETBALL:
2011 Shenzhen, China: 2nd / 23 teams (champions: Serbia)
2009 Belgrade, Serbia: 9th 25 (champions: Serbia)
2007 Bangkok, Thailand: 3rd / 24 (champions: Lithuania)
2005 Izmir, Turkey: 8th / 30 (champions: USA)
2003 Daegu, South Korea: 3rd / 19 (champions: Serbia & Montenegro)
2001 Beijing, China: 6th / 26 (champions: Yugoslavia)
1999 Palma, Spain: 5th / 23 (champions: USA)
1997 Sicily, Italy: 2nd / 16 (champions: USA)
1995 Fukuoka, Japan: 3rd / 17 (champions: USA)
1993 Buffalo, USA: 2nd / 22 (champions: USA)
1991 Sheffield, England: 2nd / 17 (champions: USA)
1989 Duisburg, Germany: 4th / 16 (champions: USA)
1987 Zagreb, Yugoslavia: 7th / 29 (champions: Yugoslavia)
1985 Kobe, Japan: 3rd / 16 (champions: USSR)
1983 Edmonton, Canada: 1st / 21 (champions: CANADA)
1981 Bucharest, Romania: 5th / 29 (champions: USA)
1979 Mexico City, Mexico: 5th / 31 (champions: USA)
1977 Sofia, Bulgaria: 4th / 31 (champions: USA)
1975 Rome, Italy: No tournament -
1973 Moscow, USSR: 4th / 28 (champions: USA)
1970 Turin, Italy: 11th / 29 (champions: USSR)
1967 Tokyo, Japan: Canada DNP (champions: USA)
1965 Budapest, Hungary: Canada DNP (champions: USA)
1963 Porto Alegre, Brazil: Canada DNP (champions: Brazil)
1961 Sofia, Bulgaria: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
1959 Turin, Italy: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
DNP: Did not participate
About the Summer Universiade
The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
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