Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce that Manitoba's James Wagner has been selected to join the Canadian U18 National Team as part of the 12-man squad.  The team will compete at the U18 FIBA Americas in Valdivia, Chile and will look to qualify for the 2017 U19 World Championships.  He will join fellow Manitoban Kirby Schepp who is part of the national squad's coaching staff. 

FOLLOW TEAM CANADA IN CHILE


James was selected as the AAAA Boys Player of the Year in Manitoba back in April as part of the Basketball Manitoba Awards after a stand out year with the Provincial Champion John Taylor Pipers.  He will be suiting up for the Manitoba Bisons this fall with Coach Schepp and he attended the National Team Identification Camp back in early June.  James is now the 5th Manitoban athlete who is currently active in the Canadian National Team program.  He joins Emily Potter, Emmanuel Akot, Daniel Sackey and Niyah Becker.  


James at the Basketball Manitoba Awards
All-Star Game
“We’re pleased with the passion and commitment that this group of young men brought to camp and we look forward to representing Canada in Chile,” said Roy Rana, head coach.

The squad will complete training camp tomorrow at Humber College in Toronto and head to Valdivia to represent Canada at the 2016 U18 FIBA Americas from July 19th-July 23.
Kirby Schepp

Rana (Ryerson University) will be joined by assistants Jamie McNeilly (Virginia Tech), Kirby Schepp (University of Manitoba), Craig Beaucamp (University of Victoria) and mentor coach, Steve Konchalski (St. Francis Xavier University).


In 2015, the U19 team placed 5th at the U19 FIBA World Championships - the programs best-ever finish. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA youth men rankings





2016 U18 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM


NAMEPOSITIONHEIGHTHOMETOWNCLUB/SCHOOL
Jaden BediakoF6'11Brampton, ONSt. Marcellinus
O’Shae BrissettF6'8Pickering, ONFindlay Prep
Nate DarlingG6'3Halifax, NSDeMatha Catholic
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderG6'5Hamilton, ONHamilton Heights Christian
Jahvon Henry-BlairG6'3Brampton, ONOrangeville Prep
Jordan HenryG5’9Pickering, ONPine Ridge High School
Abu KigabF6'6St. Catharine, ONProlific Prep
Grant ShephardF6'9Kelowna, BCKelowna SS
Josip VrankicF6’8Etobicoke, ONWasatch Academy
James WagnerF6'7Winnipeg, MBJohn Taylor Collegiate
Nickeil WalkerG6’6Scarborough, ONHamilton Heights Christian
Lindell WiggintonG6'3Dartmouth, NSOak Hill Academy

2016 U18 COACHING & STAFF
NAMEPOSITIONHOMETOWNTEAM/CLUB
Roy RanaHead CoachToronto, ONRyerson University
Jamie McNeillyAssistant CoachToronto, ONVirginia Tech University
Kirby ScheppAssistant CoachWinnipeg, MBUniversity of Manitoba
Craig BeaucampAssistant CoachBurnaby, BCUniversity of Victoria
Krisjon VargasTherapistToronto, ONCanada Basketball
James DePoeManagerToronto, ONHumber College
Ian CohenDoctorToronto, ONUniversity of Toronto

2016 U18 SCHEDULE
DATEITEMLOCATION
July 15th - 18th, 2016TrainingValdivia, Chile
July 19th, 2016Vs. ArgentinaU18 FIBA Americas, Valdivia, Chile
July 20th, 2016Vs. Dominican Republic
July 21st, 2016Vs. Brazil
July 22nd, 2016Semi-Finals
July 23rd, 2016Finals
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