18 August 2003
(Toronto, ON) Canada Basketball officially announced today the final roster for the Senior Mens National Team which will represent Canada at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Steve Nash (Victoria, BC), a two-time National Basketball Association All-Star and Dallas Mavericks point guard, heads the list of 12 Canadians who will head to Puerto Rico with the goal of securing a berth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Other notable player selections by Head Coach Jay Triano include University of Connecticut freshman standout, Denham Brown (Toronto, ON) and veteran National Team member Rowan Barrett (Mississauga, ON). Barrett, a 65 guard, has played in 106 international games for Canada and was the countrys leading scorer at the 2003 Pan American Games with a 14.2 points per game average.
The following is the complete roster for the Senior Mens National Team.
9 BARRETT, Rowan 65 G Hapoel Haifa, Israel Mississauga, ON
5 BROWN, Denham 65 G University of Connecticut Toronto, ON
10 FRANCIS, Greg 62 G Macabi Hadrea, Israel Toronto, ON
13 GUARASCI, Peter 69 F Cordivari Roseto, Italy Niagara Falls, ON
6 KARANGWA, Prosper 67 G Siena College Montreal, QC
14 KING, Mike 68 F U. of Wisconsin Green Bay Guelph, ON
11 KWIATKOWSKI, Andy 66 F Opel Skyliners, Germany Cambridge, ON
7 NASH, Steve 63 G Dallas Mavericks, USA Victoria, BC
15 NEWTON, Greg 611 F MM-Beer Cherno, Bulgaria Niagara Falls, ON
8 SWORDS, Shawn 64 G Scafati, Italy Sudbury, ON
4 THOMAS, Novell 60 G Buffalo City Thunder, USA Richmond, BC
12 YOUNG, Jesse 69 F George Mason University Peterborough, ON
TRIANO, Jay Head Coach Toronto Raptors Niagara Falls, ON
KATZ, Mike Assistant Coach Humber College Toronto, ON
SCHMIDT, Gary Assistant Coach Memphis Grizzlies Waterloo, Iowa
GIBBS, Sam Therapist Toronto, ON
LEE, Jon Team Manager Richmond, BC
PIPE, Dr. Andrew Team Doctor Toronto, ON
CHOW, Ray Massage Therapist Toronto, ON
The Canadian Senior Mens National Team will depart for San Juan on Monday, August 18th and will begin play in Group A alongside Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Group B consists of the United States, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
Canada will have an off day on the opening night of the tournament and will play their first game on Thursday, August 20th against the host nation. The opening tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (EST).
Team Canadas preliminary FIBA
Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, August 20 OFF
Thursday, August 21 vs. Puerto Rico 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Friday, August 22 vs. Argentina 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Saturday, August 23 vs. Uruguay 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Sunday, August 24 vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. (EST)
At the end of the preliminary round, the bottom team in each group is eliminated. The remaining teams in Group A will then play the remaining teams in Group B. The top four teams at the end of the second round qualify for medal play.
To qualify for the Olympics, a country must finish the tournament in one of the top three positions.
Canada Basketball proudly dedicates the 2003 season to the Coach, Jack Donohue. We honour his pride, passion and commitment to the game of basketball.
Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada. Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canadas national teams for the Olympic, Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships. The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally.
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Andrew Cook Eric Michalko
Manager Mens Elite Performance Manager Communications and Public Relations
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