Monday, 12 July 2010

Strong CIS Flavour to Canada's Development Squad

At least six current or former CIS stars highlight the 19 man tryout/training camp roster for the 2010 Development Men’s National Team (DMNT) announced by Canada Basketball earlier today. The DMNT provides another team from which Canada Basketball coaching and managing staff can evaluate talent for the current and future Senior Men's National team (SMNT). The camp runs from July 11-16 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont, followed by a competition tour in Europe consisting of a series of exhibition games against Cote D’Ivoire, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, Netherlands and Spain. Expect several players from DMNT to be invited to the main National team camp that begins in August in preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Basketball championships in Turkey.

Training camp invitees with CIS backgrounds:

6'4" Casey Archibald, an All-Canadian guard who starred at UBC, who has range beyond the 3 point line and gets to the rim as a big guard. Archibald has spent the past 3 seasons in Europe including last season's stint with Noerdlingen Giants in the Germany Regionalliga (one division below Bundesliga).

6'7" Jordan Baker, combo guard from Alberta Golden Bears who was the Canada West Rookie-of-the-Year this past season and has excellent perimeter offensive skills for a young player just one season removed from high school.

6'4" Ryan Bell, another big guard who is regarded as a very strong defender and can run the point efficiently. Bell, who played professionally in Europe for the past 2 seasons after graduating from Carleton where he was part of four CIS National championship teams with the Ravens. He also has been part of multiple Sr. Men's National team rosters over the past several summers.

6'9" Tyler Fidler A skilled perimeter player who has led the Dinos to consecutive CIS Final Four appearances, Fidler's size, range out to the 3 point line and ability to create off the bounce augers well for a big man in the international game.

6'8" Troy Gottselig Strong, bruising with solid hands and good finishing ability around the rim, Gottselig was the perfect complement inside to Saskatchewan Huskies athletic forwards and wings in the program's first-ever CIS National title this past March.

6'8" Michael Lieffers Author of several highlight reel slams in transition and off the offensive glass, Lieffers ability to get out on the break and finish hard and get the ball off the glass makes this athletic wing forward an intriguing possibility for Canada going forward. Another key element in Saskatchewan's CIS title.

Also, Alberta Head Coach Greg Francis is part of the coaching staff for this team. Another CIS player, former Moser Award winner 6'8" Aaron Doornekamp (Carleton), who spent his first professional season in the Italian First Division and make two key shots late in Canada's final game in last summer's qualifying tournament, will be invited to the main Sr. Men's camp.

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