May 9, 2003

Broncos Named to Canada Basketball Training Camp

May 9, 2003

TORONTO, Ontario - Former Bronco men's basketball standouts Steve Nash and Steve Ross have been named among the 26 athletes invited to Team Canada's initial training camp to compete for a spot on the 2003 Senior Men's National Basketball Team (SMNT), Canada Basketball announced recently.

The team, coached by Jay Triano, will be competing at the FIBA Americas qualification tournament August 20-31, 2003 in San Juan, Puerto Rico in an attempt to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games, the team must finish in one of the top three positions at the FIBA Americas tournament.

"We are excited to return to Puerto Rico and recapture the magic of 1999 when we qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games," said head coach, Jay Triano. "The tournament will be very competitive as the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico will all be sending their best players, but we are confident that if we play to our capability we can qualify for Athens in 2004."

Training camps for the FIBA Americas tournament will begin in late June. The competitive schedule will begin with an exhibition tournament in early July and continue with the Pan American Games in early August. The 2003 SMNT schedule will run as follows:

DATES EVENT LOCATION FACILITY
June 26, 2003 - 6:00pm Open Tryout Toronto, ON University of Toronto
June 27 - 30, 2003 Tryouts & Training Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
July 1 - 12, 2003 Tournament TBD TBD
July 25 - 31, 2003 Training Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
August 1 - 11, 2003 Pan Am Games Santo Domingo, DR Olympic Center
August 12 - 19, 2003 Training Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
August 20 - 31, 2003 FIBA Americas San Juan, PR Roberto Clemente Coliseum

The following 26 athletes have been invited to the team's tryouts:

Name HtPos. School/Club Hometown Age
ANDERSON, Richard 6'6" F Angers, France Ottawa, ON 25
BARRETT, Rowan 6'5" F Hapoel Haifa, Israel Mississauga, ON 29
BROWN, Denham 6'5" F University of Connecticut Toronto, ON 20
DANIELS, David 5'10" G Athletes in Action Cincinnati, OH 32
ENGLISH, Carl 6'5" G University of Hawaii Patrick's Cove, NF 22
FOX, Rick 6'7" F Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles, CA 33
GUARASCI, Peter 6'9" F Cordivari Roseto, Italy Niagara Falls, ON 29
HAMILTON, Sherman 6'1" G Zalgiris, Lithuania Malton, ON 31
JOBITY, Kevin 6'10" F Sagesse, Lebanon Toronto, ON 28
JULIUS, Kyle 6'3" G University of Guelph Thunder Bay, ON 23
KARANGWA, Prosper 6'7" G Siena College Montreal, QC 25
KWIATKOWSKI, Andrew 6'6" F Frankfurt Skyliners, Germany Cambridge, ON 24
MacCULLOCH, Todd 7'0" C Philadelphia 76ers Winnipeg, MB 27
MAGLOIRE, Jamaal 6'11" C New Orleans Hornets Toronto, ON 24
MAVIS, Andrew 6'6" F Newcastle, England Richmond, BC 26
MEEKS, Michael 6'9" F Zadar, Croatia Brampton, ON 31
MENDEZ, Juan 6'7" F Niagara University Montreal, QC 21
NASH, Steve 6'3" G Dallas Mavericks Victoria, BC 29
NEWTON, Greg 6'11" C MM-Beer Cherno, Bulgaria Niagara Falls, ON 28
NOHR, Randy 6'2" G Sallen, Sweden Aldergrove, BC 25
ROSS, Steve 6'8" F Rodez, France Victoria, BC 22
RUSSELL, Kyle 6'2" G" University of British Columbia" Richmond, BC 24
SWORDS, Shawn 6'4" G Scafati, Italy Ottawa, ON 29
THOMAS, David 6'8" G Frankfurt Skyliners, Germany Toronto, ON 26
THOMAS, Novell" 6'0" G Buffalo City Thunder, USA Richmond, BC 27
YOUNG, Jesse" 6'10" F George Mason University Peterborough, ON 23

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada through the support and promotion of programs that expand the number of opportunities to "play the game." Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on preparing Canada's national teams for the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, World Junior Championships and World University Games. 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.