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Canada Basketball has announced the 2016 U17 men’s national team which includes for the first time in a generation, two Manitobans on the same national team in Emmanuel Akot (left) and Daniel Sackey (right).  Eight members from the 2015 silver medal squad return to headline the 12-man team that will compete at the U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain.


Emmanuel Akot is coming off his attendance at the Bio-Steel All-Canadian Game in April and spent the last year in Utah at the Wasatch Academy and recently has been involved in the AAU circuit with teams throughout the US.  

Daniel Sackey spent the last year in Missouri and is currently at St. Louis Christian Academy and the Canada Elite club program based out of Toronto.  

“We’re pleased with the players’ progress and have put together a strong team,” said Dave DeAveiro, head coach. “We look forward to building off of last year’s silver medal finish in Argentina and representing Canada on the world stage.”

The squad will complete training camp in Toronto on June 10th and head to Toulouse, France for a three-game exhibition tournament against the French hosts, Australia and Argentina. The team will then head to Zaragoza to represent Canada at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships from June 23rd- July 3rd.

DeAveiro (McGill University) will be joined by assistants Michael Meeks (Canada Basketball), James Derouin (University of Ottawa) and apprentice coach, Nicky Davis (Sheridan College).

In 2015, the U17 team won a silver medal at the U16 FIBA Americas Championships - the programs best-ever finish. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA youth men rankings.

A full list of athletes and coaches can be found below. 
 
2016 U17 TRAINING CAMP INVITEES

NAMEPOSITIONHEIGHTHOMETOWNCLUB/SCHOOL
 Emmanuel AkotF6'6Winnipeg, MBWasatch Academy
 Andrew NembhardG6'3Aurora, ONVaughn
Rowan Barrett JrG6'6Mississauga, ONMontverde
 Jaden BediakoF6'9Brampton, ONSt. Marcellinus
Ignas BrazdeikisF6'7Oakville, ONOrangeville Prep
Danilo DjuricicF6'8Brampton, ONSaint Michael's
Quincy GuerrierF6'6Montreal, QCThetford
Noah KirkwoodF6'5Kanata, ONAshbury College
 Stefan SmithG6'0Ajax, ONBill Crothers
Grant ShephardF6'9Kelowna, BCKelowna High
Daniel SackeyG5'9Winnipeg, MBSt. Louis Christian
Simisola ShittuF6’9Burlington, ONMontverde
Emmanuel Miller
(Alternate)
F6'6Scarborough, ONU-Play
Joel Brown
(Alternate)
G6'2Brampton, ONCIA Bouce
 
2016 U17 COACHING & STAFF

NAMEPOSITIONHOMETOWNTEAM/CLUB
Dave DeAveiroHead CoachToronto, ONMcGill University
Michael MeeksAssistant CoachBrampton, ONCanada Basketball
James DerouinAssistant CoachOttawa, ONUniversity of Ottawa
Nicky DavisApprentice CoachToronto, ONSheridan College
Steve KonchalskiAdvisorHalifax, NSSt. Francis Xavier
Mary LalancetteTherapistToronto, ONCanada Basketball
Chris ChengManagerScarborough, ONNipissing University
Mark LeungDoctorToronto, ONUniversity of Toronto
 
2016 U17 SCHEDULE

DATEITEMLOCATION
June 4th – 10th 2016Tryouts & Training CampHumber College – North
June 15th, 2016Exhibition vs FranceToulouse, France
June 16th , 2016Exhibition vs Australia
June 17th , 2016Exhibition vs Argentina
June 23rd, 2016vs AustraliaU17 World Championships
Zaragoza, Spain
June 25th, 2016vs Finland
June 26th, 2016vs China
June 28th, 2016Round of 16
June 30th, 2016Quarter Finals
July 1st, 2016Semi-Finals
July 2nd, 2016Classification Games
July 3rd, 2016Finals
 
 




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