JMNT: Roster Trimmed To 16
Source close to the Junior Men’s National Team has told Hoops Hype Canada that the 21 man roster chosen for their nine day camp being held at Humber College in Toronto has been trimmed to 16 entering the camps final weekend stretch.
6’10” Oleksandr Otzyv, 6’9″ Kyle Alexander, 6’3″ Kamar McKnight, 6’3″ 6’3″ Kareem South, 6’3″ Michael Asemota & 6’1″ Chase Vassell were among a have dozen players let go Monday evening.
With the U18 FIBA Americas set to take place June 20-24 in Colorado Springs the JMNT coaching staff have four more cuts to make before camps ends on Sunday.
The following is a list of the remaining 16 fighting for an opportunity to wear the red and white later this month.
6’2″ G Ben Miller of Winnipeg, MB
6’9″ C Biniam Ghebrekidan of Gatineau, QC
6’9″ C Chris Egi of Markham, ON
6’5″ G Corey Johnson of Ottawa, ON
6’6″ F Dillon Brooks of Mississauga, ON
6’8″ F Drew Urquhart of Vancouver, BC
6’5″ G Jadon Cohee of Langley, BC
6’5″ G Jalen Poyser of Mississauga, ON
6’5″ G Jamar Ergas of Toronto, ON
6’10” C Matt Neufeld of Victoria, BC
6’6″ F Montaque Gill-Ceasar of Vaughan, ON
6’0″ G Munis Tutu of Windsor, ON
6’0″ Nevell Provo of North Preston, NS
6’4″G Stefan Duric of Burlington, ON
6’9″ C Tristan Etienne of Abbotsford, BC
Also in the mix for the final twelve but not originally part of the 21 names released is Sault St. Marie native Jonah Fogg who stands six-foot-10 and weighs in at 300 pounds.
Fogg in 2013-14 played high school ball for Team Ontario head coach Jeff Giovanatti who also is bench boss of the Korah Colts senior boys basketball team.
Fogg’s footwork, soft hands and touch impressed Canada’s basketball brass a source told Hoops Hype Canada.
This year’s installment of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship will be hosted by USA Basketball at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 20-24. It will also serve as the qualifier for next year’s FIBA world championships.
This year Canada’s pool includes Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. On the other side are the USA, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. More info can be found on the FIBA Americas website.
Canada is expected to have their list of chosen few, twelve to be exact, finalized by Monday morning.