We have been remiss in celebrating the outstanding achievements of Canada’s U-18 FIBA Americas campaign, led by Ryerson Rams Head Coach Roy Rana, this past July in Valdivia, Chile. The Canadian group ripped through the preliminary and championship rounds en route to the tournament championship game vs. USA. Canada led for much of the contest before succumbing late and the entire staff which includes Rana, Kirby Schepp (Manitoba) and Craig Beaucamp (Victoria) deserves accolades for leading Canada to the world championships next summer. Included on Canada’s roster was 6’7″ Winnipeg native James Wagner, who has committed to Manitoba and will start his freshman season with the Bisons this coming season. Wagner, the lone player on Coach Rana’s roster likely to play at the CIS level, came alive in the championship game against the USA with 8 fourth-quarter points including a dunk with under 4 minutes to play that got the game back to within 2 at 82-80. Wagner finished with 11 points on 5-5 shooting in the game in only 15 minutes, the majority of which came at crunch time late. Expect Wagner to emerge as one of the top freshmen in the entire CIS this coming season – we are planning to do a comprehensive piece on all the new faces across the country in the coming weeks. Expect Wagner to play a role next summer as Canada has qualified for the FIBA World U-19 championships in Cairo, Egypt.