U17 Team Will Compete in 2016 FIBA World Championships in Spain

TORONTO, ON (June 4, 2016) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 22 athletes invited to the U17 men’s national team tryouts and training camp from June 4th-10th at Humber College – North Campus in Toronto, ON.

“We’re excited to bring this young group together. Last summer we had our best ever finish at this age-level and we look forward to seeing their development and representing Canada on the world stage,” said Dave DeAveiro, head coach.

DeAveiro (McGill University) will be joined by assistants Michael Meeks (Canada Basketball), James Derouin (University of Ottawa) and apprentice coach, Nicky Davis (Sheridan College).

Following training camp the final 12-man roster will head to France for an exhibition tournament en route to representing Canada at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain from June 23rd– July 3rd.

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 bwilliams@basketball.ca.


 Fardaws Aimaq F 6’7 Richmond, ON Steveston-London
 Emmanuel Akot F 6’6 Winnipeg, MB Wasatch Academy
 Andrew Nembhard G 6’4 Aurora, ON Vaughn
Rowan Barrett Jr G 6’5 Mississauga, ON Montverde
 Jaden Bediako F 6’8 Brampton, ON St. Marcellinus
Mason Bourcier G 6’2 Kelowna BC Kelowna S.S.
Ignas Brazdeikis F 6’6 Oakville, ON Orangeville Prep
Joel Brown G 6’2 Brampton, ON CIA Bounce
Isaiah Bujdoso G 6’1 Hamilton, ON Sir Allan MacNab
 Maurice Calloo F 6’8 Windsor, ON Spire Institute
Jake Cowley F 6’7 Langley, BC Delta
 Liam Courtney F 6’10 Cambridge, ON Saint John’s Kilmarnock
Danilo Djuricic F 6’8 Brampton, ON Saint Michael’s
Kaosi Ezeagu F 6’8 Brampton, ON Bishop Elite
Quincy Guerrier F 6’6 Montreal, QC Thetford
Noah Kirkwood F 6’5 Kanata, ON Ashbury College
Jaelin Llewellyn G 6’1 Mississauga, ON Orangeville Prep
Emmanuel Miller F 6’6 Scarborough, ON U-Play
 Lloyd Pandi G 6’3 Ottawa, ON Ashbury College
 Stefan Smith G 6’0 Ajax, ON Bill Crothers
Grant Shephard F 6’9 Kelowna, BC Kelowna High
Daniel Sackey G 5’10 Winnipeg, MB St. Louis Christian


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-17th Exhibition Tournament France
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

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

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