Canadian men's basketball team announced for Pan Am Games
Mix of international pros, college prospects round out roster
Canada Basketball announced its 12-man roster for men's basketball at the Pan Am Games on Saturday, a team that includes NBA players Anthony Bennett and Andrew Nicholson.
The squad looks promising on paper, with a deep and dynamic mix of veterans and rookies contenting for gold.
"Pan Am Games will serve as an important training ground for athletes competing in our Olympic qualifier in August," said Jay Triano, head coach of the men's national basketball team. "It's also an opportunity for our up-and-coming talent to gain important international games experience, helping to set the stage for future success."
As expected, Bennett and Nicholson, along with Sim Bhullar made the team.
"It's always an honour wearing the red and white and it will be even more meaningful playing at home in Toronto in front of family and friends," said Bennett, power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. "We're looking forward to good competition and excited to experience the Pan Am Games."
Brady Heslip, who joined try-outs a few days ago after playing for Bennett's team in the NBA Summer League, is a welcomed last-minute addition.
NCAA Division I players Dillon Brooks and Kyle Wiltjer join Bennett and Bhullar in their first appearances on the senior men's basketball team and Pan Am Games. So does University of Kentucky commit Jamal Murray, who is predicted to be the next Canadian household name.
Men's final basketball roster
- Anthony Bennett, PF (Minnesota Timberwolves), Toronto, Ont.
- Sim Bhullar, C (Sacramento Kings), Etobicoke, Ont.
- Dillon Brooks, SF, Mississauga, Ont.
- Junior Cadougan, PG, Toronto.
- Aaron Doornekamp, SF, Odessa, Ont.
- Melvin Ejim, SF, Toronto, Ont.
- Carl English, SG, Paradise, Nfld.
- Daniel Mullings, SG, Scarborough, Ont.
- Jamal Murray, PG, Kitchener, Ont.
- Andrew Nicholson, PF (Orlando Magic), Etobicoke, Ont.
- Kyle Wiltjer, SF, Portland, Ore.
- Brady Heslip, SG, Burlington, Ont.
All of the men's basketball contests for the Pan Am Games will be streamed on CBCSports.ca starting July 21. Canada tips off against Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. ET.