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Canada releases preliminary list for FIBA qualifiers

Better than expected!

Canada Basketball released its preliminary list ahead of next week’s FIBA World Cup 2019 qualifiers. The team’s roster for the two-game set will be composed of players from this list.

First Name Last Name DOB Height Position Hometown Current Club
Richard Amardi 1990-10-16 6’9″ F Toronto, Ont. Raptors 905 (G-League)
Jermaine Anderson 1983-03-08 6’2″ PG Toronto, Ont. Free Agent
Joel Anthony 1982-08-09 6’9″ C Montreal, Que. Free Agent
Olu Ashaolu 1988-04-18 6’7″ PF Toronto, Ont. Sendai 89ers (Japan)
Anthony Bennett 1993-03-14 6’8″ F Toronto, Ont. Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Aaron Best 1992-01-09 6’4″ SG Scarborough, Ont. Raptors 905 (G-League)
Sim Bhullar 1992-12-02 7’5″ C Toronto, Ont. Dacin Tigers (Taiwan)
Melvin Ejim 1991-03-04 6’7″ F Toronto, Ont. Unics (Russia)
Joel Friesen 1990-08-16 6’4″ SG Abbotsford, B.C. London Lightning (NBL of Can)
Grandy Glaze 1992-03-04 6’7″ C Toronto, Ont. St. John’s Edge (NBL of Can)
Olivier Hanlan 1993-02-15 6’4″ SG Aylmer, Que. Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip 1990-06-19 6’2″ SG Burlington, Ont. Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kris Joseph 1988-12-17 6’7″ SF Montreal, Que. Free Agent
Kaza Keane 1994-01-27 6’1″ PG Ajax, Ont. Raptors 905 (G-League)
Levon Kendall 1984-07-04 6’10” PF Vancouver, B.C. Free Agent
Owen Klassen 1991-10-31 6’10” C Kingston, Ont. PAOK (Greece)
Duane Notice 1994-09-07 6’2″ SG Woodbridge, Ont. BM Slam Stal (Poland)
Adika Peter-McNeilly 1993-04-17 6’3″ SG Toronto, Ont. Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Dyshawn Pierre 1993-11-17 6’6″ SF Whitby, Ont. Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes 1994-04-29 6’3″ PG Scarborough, Ont. Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb 1992-11-27 6’3″ PG Richmond, B.C. Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb 1991-04-08 6’6″ SF Richmond, B.C. Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini 1990-06-21 6’9″ C Vancouver, B.C. Hokkaido L. (Japan)
Warren Ward 1989-11-16 6’6″ G/F London, Ont. Caceres (Spain)

The team will be lead by head coach Roy Rana and assistants Dave Smart, Nathaniel Mitchell, Michael Meeks, and Jack Sikma.

Raptors 905 stand to lose more than just Mitchell, a key assistant under Jerry Stackhouse. Kaza Keane is expected to be named to Canada’s roster, and Kennedy Meeks will be suiting up for the U.S. Aaron Best and Richard Amardi are also listed here, though it doesn’t sound as if they’ll be in Halifax.

Canada will play Bahamas on Nov. 24 in Halifax and then play Dominican Republic on Nov. 27 in Santiago de los Caballeros. This marks stage one of a three-part qualifying process under the new FIBA guidelines, so Canada will be back in action again in February and June to complete the trio of home-and-home sets (U.S. Virgin Islands are also in their group).

The top three teams from each group of four then advance to further qualifiers next September through February. Future qualification rounds may run even deeper, as David Pick reported Tuesday that FIBA and EuroBasket are in conversations to allow greater flexibility for international players to suit up in the qualifiers. (The new system is…something.)

A final roster is expected to be announced later this week.

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