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    March 21, 2018

    Manitoba's Niyah Becker, Justus Alleyn & Kirby Schepp to Represent Canada at Commonwealth Games


    TORONTO, ON (March 20, 2018) - Canada Basketball has announced the the men's and women's rosters for the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018. The roster includes Manitobans Niyah Becker (Lincoln Prep - OSBA), University of Manitoba guard Justus Alleyn with the Canadian men's squad will be coached by Bison head coach Kirby Schepp.

    Both teams will make their Commonwealth Games debut on Friday, April 6 and fans in Canada can catch all the action streaming live on DAZN.

    Canada's men's team will open the tournament at 5:30 PM local (3:30 AM ET) against Australia at the Cairns Convention Centre, while the women will face England at 6:30 PM local (4:30 AM ET) from the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. Click here for a complete schedule. 

    Last month it was announced that Steve Baur, Assistant Coach with the senior women's national team, will lead the women's team, while University of Manitoba Head Coach Kirby Schepp will be behind the bench on the men's side.

    Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament), and Australia won both the men's and women's tournaments at those Games.

    Image result for we are team canada basketballmanitoba.caThe 2018 men's tournament includes four teams in Pool A: Australia, Nigeria, New Zealand and Canada and four teams in Pool B: England, Cameroon, India and Scotland. The Canadian women are also in Pool A, along with Australia, England and Mozambique, while Pool B features New Zealand, Jamaica, India and Malaysia.

    In addition to Basketball, Team Canada 2018 will be taking part in 17 sports and 7 para-sports at the Gold Coast Games, with over 260 athletes expected to be named to the team.  

    MEN'S 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES ROSTER
    Name
    Position
    Height
    Hometown
    Current Club
    Justus Alleyn
    Guard
    6'3"
    Winnipeg, MB
    University of Manitoba (U SPORTS)
    Mambi Diawara
    Guard
    6'4"
    Montreal, QC
    University of Calgary (U SPORTS)
    Ammanuel Diressa
    Guard
    6'4"
    Toronto, ON
    Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
    Mamadou Gueye
    Forward
    6'7"
    Quebec City, QC
    University of Alberta (U SPORTS)
    David Kapinga
    Guard
    5'11"
    Calgary, AB
    University of Calgary (U SPORTS)
    Conor Morgan
    Forward
    6'9"
    Victoria, BC
    University of British Columbia (U SPORTS)
    Jean-Victor Mukama
    Guard
    6'8"
    Hamilton, ON
    Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
    Erik Nissen
    Forward
    6'9"
    Quispamsis, NB
    Acadia University (U SPORTS)
    Jean-Pierre Charles
    Forward
    6'8"
    Ottawa, ON
    University of Ottawa (U SPORTS)
    Grant Shephard
    Forward
    6'10" 
    Kelowna, B.C.
    University of British Columbia (U SPORTS)
    Mike Shoveller   
    Centre
    6'11"
    Arnprior, ON
    Queen's University (U SPORTS)
    Munis Tutu
    Guard
    6'0"
    Windsor, ON
    Carleton University (U SPORTS)
    MEN'S 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAFF
    NAME
    POSITION
    HOMETOWN
    AFFILIATION
    Kirby Schepp
    Head Coach
    Winnipeg, MB
    University of Manitoba
    Dave Deaveiro
    Assistant Coach
    Toronto, ON
    McGill University
    Kevin Hanson
    Assistant Coach
    Vancouver, BC
    University of British Columbia
    Krisjon Vargas
    Athletic Therapist
    Toronto, ON
    Canada Basketball
    David Grundman
    Team Leader
    Toronto, ON
    Canada Basketball
    WOMEN'S 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES ROSTER
    Name
    Position
    Height
    Hometown
    Current Club
    Jacey Bailey
    Forward/Guard
    6'0"
    Burnaby, BC
    Northern Arizona University (NCAA)
    Niyah Becker
    Forward
    6'1"
    Winnipeg, MB
    Lincoln Prep (OSBA)
    Danielle Boiago
    Guard
    5'7"
    Hamilton, ON
    Unattached
    Shay Colley
    Guard
    5'9"
    Brampton, ON
    Michigan State University (NCAA)
    Paige Crozon
    Forward
    6'1"
    Humboldt, SK
    Saarlouis (Germany)
    Ruth Hamblin
    Centre
    6'6"
    Houston, B.C.
    Bourges (France)
    Alex Kiss-Rusk
    Centre/Forward
    6'4"
    Beaconsfield, QC
    McGill University (U SPORTS)
    Summer Masikewich
    Forward/Centre
    6'1" 
    Calgary, AB
    University of Saskatchewan (U SPORTS)
    Ceejay Nofuente
    Guard
    5'8"
    Toronto, ON
    Humber College (CCAA)
    Daneesha Provo
    Guard
    6'0"
    Darmouth, NS
    University of Utah (NCAA)
    Merissah Russell
    Guard
    5'11"
    Ottawa, ON
    Capital Courts Academy (OSBA)
    Catherine Traer
    Forward
    6'1"
    Chelsea, QC
    Carleton University (U SPORTS)
    WOMEN'S 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAFF
    NAME
    POSITION
    HOMETOWN
    AFFILIATION
    Steve Baur
    Head Coach
    Sackville, NS
    Canada Basketball
    Fabian McKenzie
    Assistant Coach
    Glace Bay, NS
    Cape Breton University
    Michelle Bell
    Athletic Therapist
    Brampton, ON
    Ryerson University
    Nick Deadder
    Performance Analyst
    Wolfville, NS
    Acadia University
    Denise Dignard
    Team Leader
    Port Cartier, QC
    Canada Basketball
    QUOTES
    "We look forward to optimize this opportunity to further develop athletes in our womenâ??s national team pool against top level competition as well as our staff." - Denise Dignard, Director of Women's High Performance
    "We are excited to have a women's basketball team participate in this amazing multi-sport major Games and being part of the Canadian delegation at the Commonwealth Games for the first time." - Steve Baur, Women's Head Coach
    "Having the opportunity to represent Canada is always a tremendous honour and to do so at the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be a great experience for our U SPORTS players." - Kirby Schepp, Men's Head Coach
    "With both the men's and women's teams ranked second in the Commonwealth, this strong group of athletes will surely contend for a medal.  We look forward to having basketball back at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, with Canada making its debut at these Games." - Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias
    ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES CANADA
    Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.
    ABOUT CANADA BASKETBALL
    Canada Basketball is the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. Canada Basketball is respected worldwide and is recognized by the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Government of Canada as the sole governing body of the sport of amateur basketball in Canada. Canada Basketball, a not-for-profit organization, represents all basketball interests, provides leadership, coordination and direction in all areas of the sport of basketball.
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