Basketball Manitoba High Performance Coach and new U of Manitoba Men's Coach Kirby Schepp is off to Toronto this week for a training camp with Canada's National Cadet team.  Schepp with then take the team along with head coach Roy Rana to represent Canada at the FIBA Americas Cadet Qualifier in Argentina later this month.


This team will comprise the first ever Cadet National Teams, representing the nation’s best under 16 years of age. Canada Basketball worked together with the provincial sport organizations to select Cadet athletes from the Centre for Performance program, a regional training centre concept intended to identify and develop elite-level Canadian basketball players at a young age. A key component of Canada Basketball’s national player and coach identification and development strategy, top male and female players were chosen from each of the six sites across Canada -- B.C., Alberta, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic.

The Cadet Teams’ inaugural competition will be the FIBA Americas zone championships leading to the first-ever FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010. The FIBA Americas U16 World Championship Qualification Tournament for Men takes place June 17-21 in Mendoza, Argentina. Eight countries -- Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Venezuela and Mexico -- will take part, with the top three nations advancing to the first ever FIBA U17 World Championship next year. Canada is placed in Group B and will play its first three games against Mexico, the Bahamas and Argentina.

Read more... Kirby Schepp Named to Cadet National Team Coaching Staff

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