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Canada Basketball unveils preliminary list for FIBA WC qualifier

Sportsnet logo Sportsnet 2017-11-14 Steven Loung

The preliminary list of players has been revealed for Canada’s senior men’s national team that will participate in the first window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

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The list is comprised of mostly Euroleague and NBA G-League players as this first stage qualifier will played while the NBA season is going on, meaning Canada will be without its top talent for the event.

Included on this list are returning members from Canada’s eighth-place FIBA Americup squad from this past summer such as Jermaine Anderson, Joel Anthony and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Roy Rana will take the reigns as head coach of the team.

“We are excited and honored to begin our journey towards the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China,” said Rana in a statement. “This group of young men embody the passion and sacrifice needed to be successful in international competition.”

Canada kicks off its FIBA World Cup qualifying mission in Halifax against the Bahamas on Nov. 24 and then travels to play the Dominican Republic on Nov. 27 to close out this first window. The second window begins on Feb. 22 in Canada against the U.S. Virgin Islands.

These four teams make up Group D of the Americas region qualifier. The top three teams of this group will advance to the second round of qualification.

For more info on how FIBA World Cup qualification works see this FAQ.

Below is the preliminary list of players:

PlayerHeightPositionHometownTeam
Richard Amardi6’9″FToronto, Ont.Raptors 905 (G-League)
Jermaine Anderson6’2″PGToronto, Ont.Free Agent
Joel Anthony6’9″CMontreal, Que.Free Agent
Olu Ashaolu6’7″PFToronto, Ont.Sendai 89ers (Japan)
Anthony Bennett6’8″FToronto, Ont.Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Aaron Best6’4″SGScarborough, Ont.Raptors 905 (G-League)
Sim Bhullar7’5″CToronto, Ont.Dacin Tigers (Taiwan)
Melvin Ejim6’7″FToronto, Ont.Unics (Russia)
Joel Friesen6’4″SGAbbotsford, B.C.London Lightning (NBL of Can)
Grandy Glaze6’7″CToronto, Ont.St. John’s Edge (NBL of Can)
Olivier Hanlan6’4″SGAylmer, Que.Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip6’2″SGBurlington, Ont.Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kris Joseph6’7″SFMontreal, Que.Free Agent
Kaza Keane6’1″PGAjax, Ont.Raptors 905 (G-League)
Levon Kendall6’10”PFVancouver, B.C.Free Agent
Owen Klassen6’10”CKingston, Ont.PAOK (Greece)
Duane Notice6’2″SGWoodbridge, Ont.BM Slam Stal (Poland)
Adika Peter-McNeilly6’3″SGToronto, Ont.Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Dyshawn Pierre6’6″SFWhitby, Ont.Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes6’3″PGScarborough, Ont.Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb6’3″PGRichmond, B.C.Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb6’6″SFRichmond, B.C.Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini6’9″CVancouver, B.C.Hokkaido L. (Japan)
Warren Ward6’6″G/FLondon, Ont.Caceres (Spain)

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