Given the positive news that 6’11” Tristan Thompson will suit up for Canada for next week’s Manila OQT, Coach Jay Triano and staff needed to make one roster adjustment and unfortunately 7’5″ Sim Bhullar is the odd man out. Bhullar, who played well for Canada off the bench during last summer’s Pan-Am games but saw limited action this summer during the Senior team’s European tour – which closes today with a game against Puerto Rico – and will not be part of the OQT roster. This means that 6’10” veteran Levon Kendall will remain with the group as the staff decided that international experience was more important than promising potential for this tournament. There was also some talk that 6’4″ Jamal Murray, first round pick (7th overall) of the Denver Nuggets, may be available however the Nuggets are very likely to ask Murray to play for their Las Vegas summer league team that begins play on 6th July. Thus the probability is low that Murray will be available next week. However if Canada were to qualify for Rio, the possibility then opens up for Murray to join the team.
Canada’s 12 man roster:
Cory Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Phil Scrubb, Brady Heslip, Thomas Scrubb, Melvin Ejim, Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch, Tristan Thompson, Levon Kendall, Joel Anthony, Shai Alexander