TORONTO- Ryerson Rams men's basketball coach Roy Rana has been named Head Coach of the 2012 Junior Men's National Team, who will participate in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil from June 16-20.

Rana led the National Cadet Team to unprecedented success from 2009-2011, guiding the U17's to three podium-finishes which included a bronze medal at the FIBA U17 World Championship. The Americas will serve as a qualifier for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship. The top four finishers in the tournament will clinch a place in the global event.

In just his third season at the helm of the Ryerson squad, Rana's Rams grabbed a spot in the CIS Final 8 for the first time since 1998-99. After finishing second in the OUA East division and moving on to the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four, the Rams shocked Lakehead in the semifinals and would go on to garner an OUA silver medal as well as sixth place at the national championships.

Most recently, Rana coached the World Selects to a thrilling victory over Team USA at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. It was his second year taking the reins of the global youths, who won for just the fourth time since the annual event began in 1995.