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Canada Basketball – U17 Team Will Compete in 2016 FIBA World Championships in Spain

TORONTO, ON (June 9, 2016) –Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 2016 U17 men’s national team. Eight members from the 2015 silver medal squad return to headline the 12-man team that will compete at the U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain.
“We’re pleased with the players’ progress and have put together a strong team,” said Dave DeAveiro, head coach. “We look forward to building off of last year’s silver medal finish in Argentina and representing Canada on the world stage.”
The squad will complete training camp in Toronto on June 10th and head to Toulouse, France for a three-game exhibition tournament against the French hosts, Australia and Argentina. The team will then head to Zaragoza to represent Canada at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships from June 23rd– July 3rd.
DeAveiro (McGill University) will be joined by assistants Michael Meeks (Canada Basketball), James Derouin (University of Ottawa) and apprentice coach, Nicky Davis (Sheridan College).
In 2015, the U17 team won a silver medal at the U16 FIBA Americas Championships – the programs best-ever finish. Canada is currently ranked 3rd worldwide in the FIBA youth men rankings.
A full list of athletes and coaches can be found below. For media requests, please contact


 Emmanuel Akot F 6’6 Winnipeg, MB Wasatch Academy
 Andrew Nembhard G 6’3 Aurora, ON Vaughn
Rowan Barrett Jr G 6’6 Mississauga, ON Montverde
 Jaden Bediako F 6’9 Brampton, ON St. Marcellinus
Ignas Brazdeikis F 6’7 Oakville, ON Orangeville Prep
Danilo Djuricic F 6’8 Brampton, ON Saint Michael’s
Quincy Guerrier F 6’6 Montreal, QC Thetford
Noah Kirkwood F 6’5 Kanata, ON Ashbury College
 Stefan Smith G 6’0 Ajax, ON Bill Crothers
Grant Shephard F 6’9 Kelowna, BC Kelowna High
Daniel Sackey G 5’9 Winnipeg, MB St. Louis Christian
Simisola Shittu F 6’9 Burlington, ON Montverde
Emmanuel Miller
F 6’6 Scarborough, ON U-Play
Joel Brown
G 6’2 Brampton, ON CIA Bouce


Dave DeAveiro Head Coach Toronto, ON McGill University
Michael Meeks Assistant Coach Brampton, ON Canada Basketball
James Derouin Assistant Coach Ottawa, ON University of Ottawa
Nicky Davis Apprentice Coach Toronto, ON Sheridan College
Steve Konchalski Advisor Halifax, NS St. Francis Xavier
Mary Lalancette Therapist Toronto, ON Canada Basketball
Chris Cheng Manager Scarborough, ON Nipissing University
Mark Leung Doctor Toronto, ON University of Toronto


June 4th – 10th 2016 Tryouts & Training Camp Humber College – North
June 15th, 2016 Exhibition vs France Toulouse, France
June 16th , 2016 Exhibition vs Australia
June 17th , 2016 Exhibition vs Argentina
June 23rd, 2016 vs Australia U17 World Championships
Zaragoza, Spain
June 25th, 2016 vs Finland
June 26th, 2016 vs China
June 28th, 2016 Round of 16
June 30th, 2016 Quarter Finals
July 1st, 2016 Semi-Finals
July 2nd, 2016 Classification Games
July 3rd, 2016 Finals