U17 Boys Team Ontario Nationals Roster Revealed
The countdown is on until the U17 Boys National Championships! The tournament tips off on August 6 in Kamloops, B.C.
While Team Ontario earned silver at the last National Championships in 2016, the team won gold at Canada Games last summer with a dominant 108-65 win over Alberta.
The players’ journey to Nationals this year has been a long one with open tryouts starting in February followed by multiple selection camps beginning in May and culminating in a final selection camp over the Canada Day weekend in July. The final 15 players are currently training in London to get ready for Nationals.
“Team Ontario has been focusing on becoming a team that works hard and plays smart together. The players have done a great job buying into what the coaches have asked of them and gelling with one another,” said Head Coach Jamie Campbell. “We’re looking forward to getting to Nationals and playing hard for six days for our shot at winning the tournament.”
The team should be a strong contender for the top spot with a roster that includes many previous Team Ontario athletes as well as players from the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA).
U17 Boys Team Ontario Roster for 2018 National Championships
|Josh Bascoe||Milton||Vermont Academy|
|Kordell Charles*||Ajax||Bill Crothers (OSBA)|
|Darius DeAveiro*||Ottawa||TRC Academy (OSBA)|
|Tyler Delevante*||Mississauga||Our Lady of Mount Carmel|
|Okay Djamgouz||Toronto||London Basketball Academy|
|Kobe Elvis||Brampton||St. Edmund Campion|
|Ben Li||Markham||Thornlea (OSBA)|
|Ryan Nembhard*||Aurora||Vaughan (OSBA)|
|Alex Nwagha||Milton||King's Christian (OSBA)|
|Justice Prentice*||Toronto||Bill Crothers (OSBA)|
|Josh Primo||Mississauga||Lincoln Prep (OSBA)|
|Sam Thomson*||Halton Hills||King's Christian (OSBA)|
|Bennett Grumbach (Alternate)||Toronto||Bloor C.I.|
|Tomi Johnson (Alternate)||Milton||Ridley College (OSBA)|
|Jerred Kinstler (Alternate)||Kingston||Regiopolis-Notre Dame C.S.S.|
The 2018 U15 & U17 Boys National Championships takes place at Thompson Rivers University from August 6–11. Ontario is seeded first in Pool A with Alberta (2), Quebec (3), and British Columbia (4). Team Ontario’s first game is against British Columbia on August 6 at 6:45 p.m. ET (3:45 p.m. PT). Their second game of pool play will be on August 7 at either 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT) or 2:15 p.m. ET (11:15 a.m. PT), depending on the result of their first match.
While the Team Ontario Boys teams are in Kamloops, the girls’ provincial teams will be in Fredericton for the U15 & U17 Girls National Championships. Learn more about U15 Girls roster and U17 Girls roster and their preparation this summer for Nationals.
#TeamO won 🥇 at the 2017 Canada Summer Games & enter this year's National Championships as the No. 1 overall seed.
— Ontario Basketball (@OBABBall) August 1, 2018
Keep an eye out on Ontario Basketball’s website and social media channels for the U15 Boys roster announcement tomorrow.
About Team Ontario
Team Ontario consists of the top male and female basketball players in the province in the U15 and U17 age categories, and the teams are a continual medal favourite at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships. Team Ontario’s coaching staff also represents some of the top coaches in Ontario. Between the four teams, Team Ontario has won gold at nearly 75% of the national championships since 2002.