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Rana to lead Canada for FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO - The coaching staff and training camp roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers was announced by Canada Basketball on Tuesday, and it will feature four past or present Rams.

Coach Roy Rana will serve as head coach for Team Canada while former Rams assistant coach (and current McMaster Marauders head coach) Patrick Tatham will join Rana as an assistant.

"Honoured once again to represent our country as the head coach of our national team in the next three qualifying windows for the 2019 World Cup," said Rana. "I feel incredibly fortunate to have such high character guys on my team, a talented and committed staff, and a tremendously supportive university who have all encouraged me to go for it! I am grateful for all of their support."

Graduates of the Rams basketball program Aaron Best (2016) and Manny Diressa (2018) have both been named to the training camp roster as they compete for the opportunity to represent Canada.

Canada resumes its FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers on Thursday, September 13 when they host Brazil at Place Bell in Laval. Following Thursday's game, Canada will travel to Valdivia to face Chile on Monday, September 17 to conclude the fourth qualifying window.

Training camp will take place September 6-11 in Montreal, Que. on the campus of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Senior Men's National Team September 2018 Training Camp Roster
Joel Anthony - Centre - Montreal, Que. - San Lorenzo Basket (Argentina)
Trae Bell-Haynes - Guard - Toronto, Ont. - Fraport (Germany)
Aaron Best - Guard - Scarborough, Ont. - Raptors 905 (G-League)
Khem Birch - Centre - Montreal, Que. - Orlando Magic
Dillon Brooks - Forward - Mississauga, Ont. - Memphis Grizzlies
Manny Diressa - Guard - Toronto, Ont. - KK FMP (Serbia)
Melvin Ejim - Forward - Toronto, Ont. - BC UNICS (Russia)
Joel Friesen - Guard - Abbotsford, B.C. - London (NBL Canada)
Brady Heslip - Guard - Burlington, Ont. - Fraport (Germany)
Justin Jackson - Forward - Scarborough, Ont. - Orlando Magic
Cory Joseph - Guard - Toronto, Ont. - Indiana Pacers
Kaza Kajami-Keane - Guard - Ajax, Ont. - Landstede Zwolle (Netherlands)
Kyle Landry - Centre - Calgary, Alta. - Buducnost (Montenegro)
Duane Notice - Guard - Woodbridge, Ont. - BM Slam Stal (Poland)
Kelly Olynyk - Centre - Kamloops, B.C. - Miami Heat
Kevin Pangos - Guard - Newmarket, Ont. - FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
Dyshawn Pierre - Forward - Whitby, Ont. - Banco di Srd (Italy)
Tristan Thompson - Forward - Brampton, Ont. - Cleveland Cavaliers

Coaching Staff
Roy Rana - Head Coach
Nathaniel Mitchell - Assistant Coach
Patrick Tatham - Assistant Coach
J.D. Jackson - Assistant Coach
Michael Meeks - Assistant Coach


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