July 3, 2013, OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Canada Basketball, announced Wednesday the student-athletes and staff members who will represent the country in men’s basketball at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
Canada is the reigning silver medallist from the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China. In 20 all-time appearances at the biennial tournament, the Canadian men have reached the podium nine times, including their lone FISU title in 1983 in Edmonton.
The 2013 roster is comprised of guards Mangisto Arop of Edmonton, Melvin Ejim of Toronto, Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., and Philip Scrubb of Richmond, B.C.; forwards Murphy Burnatowski of Waterloo, Ont., Owen Klassen of Kingston, Ont., Daniel Mullings of Toronto, Dwight Powell of Toronto, Thomas Scrubb of Richmond and Kyle Wiltjer of Portland, Ore.; as well as 7-foot-2 centre Jordan Bachynski of Calgary.
The Scrubb brothers have led the Carleton University Ravens to the CIS national title in each of their three seasons with the team. Philip is the reigning two-time CIS player of the year, while Thomas was named MVP of the 2013 CIS championship.
Wiltjer helped the Kentucky Wildcats capture the NCAA banner in his freshman campaign in 2011-12. The 6-foot-9 forward, who holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship, is the son of Greg Wiltjer, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and represented Canada at the Los Angeles Olympics that same summer.
Klassen, the second tallest player on the line-up at 6-foot-10, was named a CIS all-Canadian each of the past two seasons. He is the only returning member from the 2011 FISU roster.
“Our student team has done well in their preparations thus far under the leadership of Jay Triano and his staff,” said Rowan Barrett, assistant general manager and executive vice-president of Canada’s Senior Men’s Program. “We look forward to our team being very competitive and representing Canada with great pride on the international stage.”
Triano, the senior national team head coach who played on the Universiade-winning squad in 1983, will be assisted in Kazan by CIS coaches Greg Francis (Waterloo), John Campbell (Toronto) and Shawn Swords (Laurentian).
Rounding out the staff are team manager Patrick Tatham, video coordinator Kade Beard, statistician Scottie Stats and athletic therapist Sam Gibbs.
Canada prepared for the Universiade competition by taking part in the Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament last month in China, where the team kept an unblemished 9-0 record against the host country, the United States and Latvia. The scores of the three wins over the USA were 75-73, 86-62 and 95-93 in double overtime.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013
Team Canada Twitter: @CDNUniversiade
Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en
In the preliminary round of the 24-team FISU tourney, the Canucks will battle in Pool C versus Sweden (July 7), the United Arab Emirates (July 8), Australia (July 10), the Czech Republic (July 11) and the USA (July 12).
The much-anticipated tilt against the United States will be webcast live on www.fisu.tv at 1 p.m. Kazan Time (5 a.m. Eastern Time).
Reigning two-time champion Serbia is in Pool B with Romania, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and Mongolia. Host Russia is in Pool A with Germany, Ukraine, South Korea, Estonia and Oman, while Lithuania, Finland, Brazil, China, Chile and Norway make up Pool D.