For immediate release July 8, 1997
MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED
(OTTAWA, ON)...The training camp roster for the first phase of the 1997 Men's National Team season was announced today after three days of intense tryouts at Humber College in Toronto.
NAME HOMETOWN SCHOOL ELI PASQUALE SUDBURY VICTORIA Wayne Yearwood Montreal West Virginia Rowan Barrett Toronto St. John's Martin Keane Toronto Oklahoma/Washington ERIC HINRICHSEN VICTORIA VICTORIA Sherman Hamilton Toronto Virginia Commonwealth WILL NJOKU HALIFAX ST. MARY'S Brendan Graves Victoria Santa Clara JOEY VICKERY WINNIPEG BRANDON TITUS CHANNER HAMILTON MCMASTER Kevin Jobity Toronto Niagara David Daniels Toronto Colorado Christian Greg Francis Toronto Fairfield Phillip Dixon Willowdale Utah Michael Meeks Brampton Canisius KEITH VASSELL SCARBOROUGH BRANDON Jamaal Magloire Willowdale KentuckySeveral players, including the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash and Rick Fox of the Boston Celtics, are expected to join the Team later this summer.
The Team begins a ten day training camp today in Hamilton in preparation for participation in the Los Angeles Summer League from July 18-27th. The League involves 12 NBA teams in addition to the National Teams from the USA, Japan, Mexico and China.
"The next phase of the program will allow us to further evaluate our talent", stated Head Coach Steve Konchalski. "The coaching staff is extremely pleased with the outstanding work ethic and attitude of the players remaining in camp."
Rick Traer Basketball Canada
(OTTAWA, ON)...Basketball Canada announced today the list of athletes invited to tryout for the Men's National Team. The tryouts begin on July 5 and run through to July 7 at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.
The following are the athletes invited to the tryouts:
NAME HOMETOWN SCHOOL Bobby Allen Etobicoke ON Texas Pan American Hennssy Auriantal Montreal QC University of Wisconson Rowan Barrett Mississauga ON St. John's University Tim Beckett Mount Pearl NF Hofstra University Jason Brade Montreal QC George Washington University TITUS CHANNER HAMILTON ON MCMASTER UNIVERSITY Colin Charles Toronto ON St. John's University David Daniels Toronto ON Colorado Christian College Phillip Dixon Willowdale ON University of Utah Greg Francis Toronto ON Fairfield University Brendan Graves Victoria BC Santa Clara University Peter Guarasci Niagara Falls ON Simon Fraser University Sherman Hamilton Toronto ON Virgina Commonwealth University ERIC HINRICHSEN VICTORIA BC UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA Kevin Jobity Toronto ON Niagara University Jamaal Magloire Willowdale ON University of Kentucky Andrew Mavis Vancouver BC University of Northern Arizona Michael Meeks Brampton ON Canisius WILLIAM NJOKU HALIFAX NS ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY DAVID PICTON WELLAND ON BROCK UNIVERSITY Kirk Salesman Pickering ON Northeastern University Richard Shaw Toronto ON Marquette University Dave Thomas Toronto ON Michigan State University Peter VanElswyk Hamilton ON Stanford University KEITH VASSELL SCARBOROUGH ON BRANDON UNIVERSITY JOEY VICKERY WINNIPEG MB BRANDON UNIVERSITY Dwight Walton Montreal QC Florida I. of T. Wayne Yearwood Toronto ON West VirginaThe following individuals are expected to join the team later this summer.
Steve Nash Victoria BC Santa Clara / Phoenix Suns Mike Smrek Welland ON Canisius Greg Newton Niagara Falls ON Duke University Pascal Fleury Montreal QC Georgetown / UMBC Rick Fox Toronto ON UNC / Boston Celtics Martin Keane Toronto ON Oklahoma / WashingtonQualifying for the World Championships takes place from August 21-31 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Prior to this tournament, the team will play a series of exhibition games in Canada, the United States and Argentina.
NAME HOMETOWN SCHOOL Sherman Hamilton Malton ON Virginia Commonwealth Jamaal Magloire Toronto ON Kentucky Todd MacCullogh Winnipeg MN Washington Brendan Graves Victoria BC Santa Clara William Njoku Halifax NS Saint Mary's Micheal Meeks Brampton ON Canisius Kevin Jobity Toronto ON Niagara Kirk Salesman Pickering ON Northeastern Peter Guarasci Niagara Falls ON Simon Fraser Dave Thomas Brampton ON Michigan St Wayne Yearwood Montreal QUE West Virginia Bobby Allen Brampton ON Pan American Keith Vassell Toronto ON Brandon Joey Vickery Winnipeg MB Brandon David Picton Welland ON Brock
Steve Nash, Pascal Fleury and Martin Keane may join the team later.
For more information:
National Teams and Media Coordinator
The list of athletes identified to participate in the tryouts was determined after a seven city cross Canada tour performed by Coach Konchalski and Coach Ken Olynyk, Head Coach of the Men's Under 22 Team. Over 40 coaches from the CIAU, CCAA and provincial associations took part in the identification camps.
The National Men's Team will play their first exhibition game on July 9 in Hamilton at Copps Coliseum against the Croatian Olympic Team. This game is part of the Women's Pre-Olympic Challenge. The game will also be televised on TSN. The second game of the series will be played at the Barrie Molson Centre on July 11.
Invited to tryout are:
NAME HOMETOWN SCHOOL Sherman Hamilton Malton ON Virginia Commonwealth David Daniels Sisters OR Colorado Christian David Picton Welland ON Brock Richard Bohne Calgary AB Calgary *Henessey Auriental Montreal QU Wisconsin *Collin Charles Toronto ON St. John's *Grant Farmer Seattle WASH Williams *Steve Maga Hamilton ON Simon Fraser Bobby Allen Brampton ON Pan American Joey Vickery Winnipeg MB Brandon Ken Morris Saskatoon SK UBC Greg Francis Toronto ON Fairfield *Jason Braide Montreal QU George Washington Greg Devries Kelowna BC Alberta Keith Vassell Toronto ON Brandon *Dave Thomas Brampton ON Notre Dame S.S. Stanley Mitchell Toronto ON Dalhousie Micheal Meeks Brampton ON Canisius Brendan Graves Victoria BC Santa Clara Martin Keane Toronto ON Washington Peter Guarasci Niagara Falls ON Simon Fraser *David Morgan Vancouver BC Nevada @ Reno William Njoku Halifax NS St. Mary's Wayne Yearwood Montreal QU West Virginia *Blair Adderley Toronto ON Appalachian St Paul Williscroft Richmond BC Vancouver Community *Tim BeckettMount Pearl NF Hofstra *Dave Small Toronto ON American *Todd MacCullough Winnipeg MB Washington *Jamaal Magloire Toronto ON Kentucky Richard Shaw Windsor ON Marquette Kevin Jobity Toronto ON Niagara Wayne Simpson Toronto ON Eastern Michigan Kirk Salesman Pickering ON Northeastern Dean Thibideau Summerside PEI Dalhousie Titus Channer Hamilton ON McMaster*denotes athletes eligible for the Men's Under 22 Team
There was a men's basketball team named for the 1980 Olympics. The team qualified for the Olympics at the Pre-Olympics Qualifying Tournament held in Puerto Rico. They beat Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay to go 5-0 before losing to Puerto Rico in their last game.
Puerto Rico also finished the round-robin no-playoffs tournament at 5-1. Thus Puerto Rico was first and Canada came second.