Canada Basketball announces roster for men’s FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifier

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For every year that Team Canada disappoints in international men’s basketball play, the redeeming factor is that there is always another year. Well, the boulder has rolled all the way back to the bottom of the hill, and now it’s time for Team Canada to push it back up. The roster has been released for Window One of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, and it’s full of old faces.

Roster

Kyle Alexander – Forward
Anthony Bennett – Forward
Aaron Best – Guard
Kenny Chery – Point Guard
Kadre Gray – Guard
Owen Klassen – Centre
AJ Lawson – Guard
Kassius Robertson – Guard
Phil Scrubb – Shooting Guard
Thomas Scrubb – Small Forward
Kyle Wiltjer – Power Forward
Kalif Young – Forward

Coaches

Nate Bjorkgren – Associate Head Coach
Nate Mitchell – Assistant Coach
Michael Meeks – Assistant Coach

Many players across the roster have plenty of experience representing Canada in international play. Players like Bennett, Best, and Klassen were stars of the team during the race to qualify for the Olympics. The team has versatile scoring bigs in Bennett and Klassen, sweet-shooting wings in Best and Scrubb, and dynamic initiating guards in Chery and Gray. The roster has plenty of talent, if not the well-known NBA names for whom so many Canadian fans have pined. Alas, they remain in the NBA. When it comes to the qualification windows, the roster that Canada is bringing looks much like the one Canada has so often had. There’s still a huge amount of talent, so now it’s time for the fun to start.

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