Canada Basketball announces 2008 Senior Men's National Team



    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - Canada Basketball announced today the 12-members
of the Canadian Senior Men's National Team who will represent Canada at the
FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece from July 14-20, 2008. At
stake is a berth in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games, which will be granted to
the top three finishers in the Athens tournament.
    Named to the 2008 Canadian Senior Men's National team are: Joel Anthony
(Quebec), Jermaine Anderson (Ontario), Rowan Barrett (Ontario), Samuel
Dalembert (Quebec), Carl English (Newfoundland and Labador), Olu Famutimi
(Ontario), Levon Kendall (British Columbia), Tyler Kepkay (British Columbia),
Juan Mendez (Quebec), Andy Rautins (Ontario), Dave Thomas (Ontario), and Jesse
Young (Ontario). Further roster details are attached.
    Former Canadian National Team member Leo Rautins will serve as the head
coach for the 2008 Canadian National Team. The assistant coaches are Cleveland
Cavaliers assistant coach Mike Malone, Carleton University head coach Dave
Smart and Dawson College head coach Wayne Yearwood.
    "We're very excited about this team," said Rautins. "The guys have all
been working extremely hard and we're just looking forward to getting things
started."
    Canadian fans will get their first chance to see the Senior Men's Team in
action June 30-July 5, when Canada will face the national teams of Lebanon and
New Zealand during the Jack Donohue International Classic (JDIC), a three-team
exhibition series hosted in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.
    Tickets for the JDIC are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ca (keyword:
Canada Basketball) or by visiting the Ricoh Coliseum and McMaster University
box offices.

    Canada Basketball (www.basketball.ca) is a private, not-for-profit
corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada. Just as
important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of
Canada's national teams for the Olympic; Pan American and FISU Games as well
as the World Championships. The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill
the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the
development of basketball across the country and internationally.
    The schedule for 2008 Canadian Senior Men's National team is as follows:
Jack Donohue International Classic vs. New Zealand and Lebanon, Hamilton &
Toronto (CAN) June 30-July5: International Exhibition vs. Germany, Manheim
(GER) July 9-11: FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men Athens (GER) July
14-20: 2008 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge Las Vegas (USA) July 25:
Olympic Games Men's Tournament Beijing (CHN) August 10-24 2008 (upon
qualification). The schedule for 2008 Canadian Senior Women's National team is
as follows: International Exhibition vs. Mali, Strasbourg (FRA) July 19-23:
France Basketball Federation Tournament vs. France, Belarus, Poland,
Geispolsheim (FRA) July 25-27: 2008 Grand Prix Slovakia vs. Slovak Republic,
Italy, Germany, Kosice, (SVK).

    
    2008 Canadian Senior Men's National Team Roster

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    Player        Pos. Ht.  D.O.B    07-08 Team                Yrs Hometown
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    Anthony, Joel F/C 6'9"  08/09/82 Miami Heat (NBA)           1  Montreal,
                                                                   QC
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    Anderson,     G   6'2"  02/08/83 Tuebingen Tigers (Germany) 4  Toronto,
    Jermaine                                                       ON
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    Barrett,      G   6'5"  11/24/72 Chalon-Sur-Saone (France)  10 Toronto,
    Rowan                                                          ON
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    Dalembert,    C   6'11" 05/10/81 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)   1  Montreal,
    Samuel                                                         QC
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    English, Carl G   6'5"  02/02/81 Gran Canaria (Spain)       3  Patrick's
                                                                   Cove, NF
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    Famutimi, Olu F   6'6"  02/21/84 Khimik (Ukraine)           1  Toronto,
                                                                   ON
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    Kendall,      F   6'9"  07/04/84 Panionios (Greece)         6  Vancouver,
    Levon                                                          BC
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    Kepkay, Tyler G   6'0"  06/19/87 University of Utah (NCAA)  -  Vancouver,
                                                                   BC
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    Mendez, Juan  F   6'8"  09/23/81 Rishon, LZ (Israel)        3  Montreal,
                                                                   QC
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    Rautins, Andy G   6'5"  11/02/86 Syracuse University (NCAA) 3  Toronto,
                                                                   ON
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    Thomas, Dave  F   6'8"  12/04/76 Melbourne Tigers           2  Brampton,
                                     (Australia)                   ON
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    Young, Jesse  F   6'10" 04/29/80 Estudiant (Spain)          5  Peterbo-
                                                                   rough, ON
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    Head Coach: Leo Rautins
    Assistant Coaches: Dave Smart, Mike Malone, Wayne Yearwood
    






For further information:

For further information: Tanya Phillipps, Manager, Marketing & Events,
Canada Basketball, Tel: (416) 614-8037 x 219, Fax: (416) 614-9570, e-mail:
tphillipps@basketball.ca, Website: www.basketball.ca; Simon Yau,
Communications, Canada Basketball, Tel: (416) 614-8037 x248, Fax: (416)
402-4586, e-mail: communications@basketball.ca, Website: www.basketball.ca

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