MEDIA RELEASE          

 

18 August 2003

 

CANADIAN BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES MEN’S NATIONAL

TEAM ROSTER FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

 

(Toronto, ON)  Canada Basketball officially announced today the final roster for the Senior Men’s 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 6’5” guard, has played in 106 international games for Canada and was the country’s 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 Men’s National Team. 

 

#    NAME                                      HT.    POS.             SCHOOL/CLUB                             HOMETOWN

9     BARRETT, Rowan                6’5”         G              Hapoel Haifa, Israel                         Mississauga, ON                 

5     BROWN, Denham                 6’5”         G              University of Connecticut                Toronto, ON                         

10   FRANCIS, Greg                     6’2”         G              Macabi Hadrea, Israel                    Toronto, ON                         

13   GUARASCI, Peter                  6’9”         F              Cordivari Roseto, Italy                      Niagara Falls, ON

6     KARANGWA, Prosper            6’7”         G              Siena College                                   Montreal, QC

14   KING, Mike                             6’8”         F              U. of Wisconsin – Green Bay         Guelph, ON                          

11   KWIATKOWSKI, Andy           6’6”         F              Opel Skyliners, Germany                Cambridge, ON

7     NASH, Steve                            6’3”         G              Dallas Mavericks, USA                    Victoria, BC

15   NEWTON, Greg                    6’11”       F              MM-Beer Cherno, Bulgaria            Niagara Falls, ON                           

8     SWORDS, Shawn                  6’4”         G              Scafati, Italy                                       Sudbury, ON

4     THOMAS, Novell                   6’0”         G              Buffalo City Thunder, USA              Richmond, BC

12   YOUNG, Jesse                       6’9”         F              George Mason University               Peterborough, ON

                                                                                                                                                   

COACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF___________________________________________________  

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 Men’s 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 Canada’s 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 Canada’s 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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For more information, please contact:

 

Andrew Cook                                                                         Eric Michalko

Manager – Men’s Elite Performance                               Manager – Communications and Public Relations

Canada Basketball                                                              Canada Basketball

Phone: (416) 614-8037, ext.  210                                     Phone: (416) 614-8037, ext. 202

Fax: (416) 614-9570                                                            Fax: (416) 614-9570

Email: acook@basketball.ca                                             Email: emichalko@basketball.ca