Basketball: CIS players answer Canada's call

Canada Basketball announced tryout and final rosters for six of its national teams Friday (U16, U19 and development teams which will play at the July 1-12 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia. Here's a rundown of Canadian Interuniversity Sport content:

Junior men's national team (FIBA U19 World Championship, Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Two of the players who have followed Greg Francis from NEDA to the U of A, wing Rob Dewar and guard Jordan Baker, are attending the team's tryout camp.
  • First-year Alberta coach Greg Francis is the team's head coach, with Ottawa's Dave DeAveiro on staff as an assistant.
  • As a sidenote, Brampton native Tristan Thompson, who is considered one of the best high school players in the U.S., is listed on the tryout roster. Cory Joseph and Junior Cadougan, two point guards from the GTA who have been playing at prep schools in the U.S., are not, however.
Junior women's national team (FIBA U19 World Championship For Women, July 23-Aug. 2, Bangkok, Thailand)
Men's development team (World Student Games, Belgrade, Serbia, July 1-12)
  • Nine current Canadian university players are confirmed: Boris Bakovic (Ryerson), who had a good tournament with the U21 team two summers ago; Calgary big man Ross Bekkering; graduated Carleton forward Aaron Doornekamp; reigning CIS player of the year Jacob Doerksen (Trinity Western); graduated UBC guard Chris Dyck; graduated Windsor post player Greg Surmacz; fifth-year Ottawa guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe; Cape Breton combo forward Philip Nkrumah; and St. FX guard Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw.
  • Guelph's Chris O'Rourke is coach.
Women's development team (World Student Games, Belgrade, Serbia, July 1-12)
  • The long list for the women's team for the student games includes...
  • In the frontcourt, Simon Fraser's Laurelle Weigl and Robyn Buna; UVic's CIS player of the year, Kayla Dykstra; UBC's Leanne Evans and Zara Huntley; Laval's Marie-Michelle Genois;
  • Among the guards, Cape Breton's Kelsey Hodgson; Saskatchewan's Lindsay DeGroot; McMaster's Taylor Smith and Laval's Chanelle St-Amour.
  • UBC's Deb Huband and Laval's Linda Marquis are co-coaches, with Cape Breton's Fabian McKenzie as the assistant. Ottawa assistant coach Moriah Trowell will also be a team manager.
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  1. The Men's development team reads like a CIS All Star team. They should do well if they can get cohesive.

  2. The women's development team has a lot of big names, too. At least eight who were or are at the top of the CIS.

  3. Actually kind of surprised that Joseph and Cagougan are not going. Maybe Marquette doesn't want him to play? On the other hand, Josephs' stock is rising by the minute - he is having a huge weekend at the Tournament of Champions (AAU) in Raleigh/Durham this weekend.

  4. Looks like the men's team drew Italy and China in their pool. The schedule:

    July 2, 17:30 - Italy
    July 4, 17:30 - China

    July 6 and 7 they will play somebody in the second phase, then another on July 9. After that, who knows at this point.

    For the women, it's Austria-Slovakia-Japan in the first phase, some combination of Russia-"Chinese Taipei"-Hungary-Mozambique in round 2. If they're using IOC country codes that is.

    Schedule (same link):
    July 1, 12:30 - Slovakia
    July 2, 12:30 - Japan
    July 3, 12:30 - Austria

    Then July 5, 6, and maybe 7 for the second phase.