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Canada announces roster for final window of FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers
MIAMI (United States) - Canada Basketball announced their roster for the third and final window of the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers, with the team playing on February 17th and 18th to make up missed games from the second window in November.
The team is in group C along with Cuba, Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, sitting in fourth with a 1-1 record. The group will face off in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Canada playing both Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands twice.
Noteable players on the roster include Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted No. 1 overall. Bennett was also part of the 2015 Pan Am games roster that saw Canada take home a silver medal.
Brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb both currently play overseas in France, and are veterans on the Canadian national team. After winning a collegiate level national title together in 2015 for Carleton University, the duo was part of the 2017 Americas world cup qualifier roster that brought home a gold medal. Phil led the team with 20 points per game during the February 2020 campaign.
Kadre Gray, currently of the Hamilton Honey Badgers in the CEBL after being drafted sixth overall in 2020, had his first appearance for team Canada during the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers or Canada, subbing in for Xavier Rathan-Mayes after an injury days before the first game.
Kaza Kajami-Keane and Owen Klassen both are no stranger to the national team, also being part of the 2019 squad, with Klassen ranking third on the roster for rebounds, averaging 4.6 a game during the tournament while Kajami-Keane has the second-highest points average during last years Olympic qualifiers with 13.5ppg.
Adika Peter-McNeilly, a reigning CEBL champion with the Edmonton Stingers, the team that lead the CEBL in points, assists and blocks per game. Peter-McNeilly was third on the team for steals per game, and fifth in both rebounds and assists, while averaging 10.6 points per game.
Jadon Cohee made the Canadian national team roster for the first time in 2015 for the U19 FIBA World Championships in Greece, after getting cut from the team on three occasions. Cohee accumulated 42 points during the tournament.
MiKyle McIntosh, Johnny Berhanemeskel and Aaron Best join the Scrubb brothers playing overseas in France currently, while Conor Morgan is the lone Canadian player to currently reside in Spain, with all players except Best having played in the CEBL for teams like Fraser Valley, Ottawa BlackJacks and
Other names on the roster include CEBL talents Kyle Landry and Junior Cadougan, UBC’s Grant Shephard of the Canada Universiade team, and Jermaine Haley, formerly of West Virginia University who declared for the NBA draft in 2020.
In total, sixteen players were named to the AmeriCup roster to play for Team Canada. The team went 1-2 during the 2017 AmeriCup and did not make it past the group stage, but will be looking to turn things around in 2021.