Canada Basketball named Leo Rautins as the new head coach of the Canadian men's basketball team on Friday.

Rautins replaces Jay Triano who left the post in November.

Rautins, a television analyst for Raptors TV, got the job despite having less experience than Gord Herbert and Kevin Hanson. Herbert is currently coaching a pro basketball team in France, while Hanson is the University of British Columbia's coach.

Rautins, on the other hand, has no coaching experience. What he does have is popularity – which could be a useful tool in Canada Basketball's fund-raising efforts.

Aside from his broadcast career, Rautins was a successful player in American collage basketball.

In 1983, he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the draft after a promising stint at the University of Syracuse. He played 47 games in two years in the NBA.