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Canada Basketball – TORONTO, ONT. (June 19, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 13 athletes selected to participate in exhibition games ahead of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

Click here for the U19 Men’s National Team exhibition roster.

Canada will face New Zealand (June 22) and France (June 23) in Compiègne, France as the team continues to prepare for the World Cup.

Following this two-game exhibition series, Canada will finalize their roster for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019 in Heraklion, Greece (June 29-July 7).  Canada is in Group B along with Australia, Latvia and Mali.

Head Coach Dan Vanhooren (University of Calgary) will joined by assistants Dave DeAveiro (McGill University), Chris Cheng (University of Windsor) and Nate Phillippe (York University).

Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Canada earned a historic gold medal at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.  The gold was Canada’s first in an international FIBA competition and their highest placement at the tournament since a fifth place finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2015.  This will be Canada’s eleventh appearance at the event since the 1979 World Championship for Junior Men.

Canada is currently ranked 2nd worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

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