The 2015 FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico kicks off today and Canada plays their first game of the preliminary round on Tuesday at 3:30 pm ET. Basketball Canada announced the 12 man roster for the Olympic qualifier as follows:
Anthony Bennett, Aaron Doornekamp, Melvin Ejim, Brady Heslip, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell, Robert Sacre, Phil Scrubb, Nik Stauskas, and Andrew Wiggins.
22-year-old guard Olivier Hanlan who plays professionally for BC Zalgiris in Lithuania didn’t make the cut from the Tuto Marchand Cup warm-up tournament team that played last week. Head Coach Jay Triano said the preliminary tournament was a good learning experience.
“The Tuto Marchand was a good learning experience for us as we were able to play some very good competition,” said Head Coach Jay Triano after the team went 4-0 in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “We still have work to do and know the importance of the games in Mexico.”
The only top players Canada is missing at this tournament are Tristan Thompson, in contract negotiations with the Cavaliers, and Jamal Murray, had to return to the University of Kentucky.
TSN will be showing all of Team Canada’s games. Basketball Canada has the complete TV broadcast schedule.
- Canada vs Argentina – Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5
- Cuba vs Canada – Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5
- Canada vs Venezuela – Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:55 p.m. ET on TSN4
- Puerto Rico vs Canada – Friday, Sept. 4 at 6:55 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5
Canada’s opener will feature the Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph facing off against his teammate from Argentina Luis Scola.
The top two finishers at this tournament will secure a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.