TORONTO, ON (June 10, 2016) – Canada Basketball has announced a preliminary roster that will attend the 2016 national team tryout and training camp, tipping off today in Toronto, ON.

“We’re looking forward to getting into the gym and preparing for competition,” said Jay Triano, head coach. “We need to focus on the preparation – one practice at a time – and get ready for a tough tournament against some of the best in the world.”

The group will participate in a 6-day training camp from June 10th -15th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

“Given the time of year, player availability is always changing. We’re continuing to talk to teams and players may become available as the summer progresses,” said Steve Nash, general manager, men’s national team. “Playing for your country is an honour, we have a deep pool of talent who are committed to playing for Canada and we’re ready to get to work.”

They will then head to Italy on June 17th, where they will train and participate in a 5-game exhibition tournament against 12th-ranked Croatia, 14th-ranked China and 16th-ranked Puerto Rico. China qualified for the Games in 2015, and both Croatia and Puerto Rico will compete in OQTs in July. The group will then head to Manila from July 5th to 10th  to compete for a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The final 12-man OQT squad will be announced prior to competition. In Manila, Canada will play in Group A against 31st-ranked Senegal and 8th-ranked Turkey. The Philippines, France and New Zealand will play in Group B. Media accreditation for the OQT is open until June 24, 2016, details here.

Saturday, June 11
  • Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • Gym Opens: 12:45PM
  • Scrums: 1:00PM
Monday, June 13
  • Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • Gym Opens: 12:45PM
  • Scrums: 1:00PM
Wednesday, June 15
  • Practice: 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • Gym Opens: 12:45PM
  • Scrums: 1:00PM
In 2015, Canada finished 2nd at the Pan American Games in Toronto and 3rd at FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico. A full list of athletes can be found below.


Shai AlexanderG6'4Hamilton, ONHamilton Heights Christian Academy
Joel AnthonyF6'9Montreal, QCDetroit Pistons
RJ BarrettG6’7Mississauga, ONMontverde Academy
Sim BhullarF7'5Toronto, ONRaptors 905
Dillon BrooksF6'7Mississauga, ONOregon Ducks
Chris BoucherF6'10Montreal, ONOregon Ducks
Jason CallisteG6'2Toronto, ONBarons Kvartals Riga
Melvin EjimF6'6Toronto, ONReyer Venezia
Tyler EnnisG6'2Brampton, ONMilwaukee Bucks
Brady HeslipG6'2Burlington, ONPallacanestro Cantu
Tyson HinzF6’7Ottawa, ONLandstede Basketball
Cory JosephG6'3Pickering, ONToronto Raptors
Corey JohnsonG6’5Ottawa, ONHarvard University
Owen KlassenF6'10Kingston, ONPhoenix Hagen
Levon Kendall           F6'10Vancouver, BCMovistar Estudiantes
Naz Mirtou-LongG6’4Mississauga, ONIowa St. Cyclones
Dyshawn PierreG6'6Whitby, ONDayton Flyers
Philip ScrubbG6'3Ottawa, ONFraport Skyliners
Thomas ScrubbG6'6Ottawa, ONGiessen 46ers

June 10-16TrainingToronto, ON
June 17-29
Training & Exhibition
  • June 20: Game vs Croatia
  • June 23: Game vs Croatia
  • June 25: Game vs China
  • June 26: Game vs TBC
  • June 29: Game vs Puerto Rico
Croatia & Italy
July 5-10Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Manila, Philippines
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