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.
The 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.