Nine Ontario Athletes Named to Men’s U19 Exhibition Roster Ahead of FIBA U19 World Cup
Canada Basketball has announced the 13 athletes selected to participate in upcoming exhibition games in preparation for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.
Team Canada will face New Zealand on June 22nd and France on June 23rd in Compiegne, FR. Following these exhibition games, Canada will finalize its roster for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Heraklion, Greece June 29 to July 7. Canada will compete in Group B with Mali, Australia, and Latvia.
Canada earned its first gold medal in this event in Cairo, Egypt in 2017. This was the team’s first gold medal and highest placement since a fifth place finish in 2015. The team will looks to continue their success in Greece this summer.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 19, 2019
Of the thirteen players named to the roster, 9 athletes are from Ontario:
|Name||Height||Hometown||Current School Team|
|Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe||6'6"||Lakeshore||Orangeville Prep (OSBA)|
|Keon Ambrose-Hylton||6'8"||Whitby||Andrews Osborne Academy|
|Charles Bediako||6'11"||Brampton||Andrews Osborne Academy|
|Jaden Bediako||6'10"||Brampton||Ridley College (OSBA)|
|Joel Brown||6'2"||Brampton||Brewster Academy|
|Thomas Kennedy||6'9"||Windsor||University of Windsor|
|AJ Lawson||6'6"||Toronto||University of South Carolina|
|Jahcobi Neath||6'4"||Toronto||Crestwood Prep|
|Josh Primo||6'4.5"||Mississauga||Huntington Prep|
* Four athletes are also current and former OSBA athletes:
- Jaden Bediako – Ridley College – Committed to Santa Clara University (NCAA – Division I)
- Thomas Kennedy – Southwest Academy – University of Windsor
- Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe – Orangeville Prep – Uncommitted
- Tyrese Samuel (from LaSalle, QC) – Orangeville Prep – Committed to Seton Hall University (NCAA – Division I)
Additionally, seven team coaches and staff are from Ontario:
|Dave DeAveiro||Assistant Coach||Toronto, ON||McGill University|
|Chris Cheng||Assistant Coach||Scarborough, ON||University of Windsor|
|Nate Philippe||Assistant Coach||Toronto, ON||York University|
|Scott Waithe||Team Manager||Scarborough, ON||Seneca College|
|Krisjon Vargas||Athletic Therapist||Toronto, ON||Canada Basketball|
|Onika Green||Team Psychologist||Oakville, ON||University of Ottawa|
|Dr. Fahim Merali||Team Physician (France)||Toronto, ON||University of Toronto|
Good luck to all Ontario players and coaching staff heading to France with Team Canada this weekend.
View the full Canada Basketball release here.