Recall that Canada’s FISU team, led by UBC Coach Kevin Hanson, has assembled and is in the midst of two-a-day practices in advance of Friday and Saturday games in Indiana against the Purdue Boilermakers, who will be USA’s representative team at the FISU Games in Taiwan in late August. Purdue finished 27-8 overall last season as one of the top teams in the Big 10, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing to Kansas. Boilermakers are coached by Matt Painter, a Purdue alumnus who has recruited another strong freshman class.
Team Canada will meet Team USA/Purdue for a pair of games on Friday night, August 11th (at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana at 7 PM ET) and also Saturday afternoon, August 12th (at Jefferson High School at Lafayette, Indiana at 4 PM ET). Both games are available live on the Purdue Athletics Facebook page.
Canada’s roster includes present or recently-graduated U-Sports players including reigning Moser Award winner 6’4″ Connor Wood (Carleton) and All-Canadians 6’9″ Conor Morgan (UBC), 6’7″ Kevin Bercy (St. FX), reigning Final 8 MVP 6’2″ Kaza Kajami-Keane (Carleton) and 6’6″ Jordan Jensen-Whyte (UBC).
6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles (Ottawa) and 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc (Laval) are also included – both will miss their team’s D1 games in August with Leclerc and Head Coach Jacques Paiement away last night from their game against Towson while uOttawa will not have Pierre-Charles in the lineup tonight against Alabama.
Other U-Sports stars include 6’9″ Erik Nissen (Acadia), 6’5″ Mambi Diawara and 5’10” David Kapinga (Calgary) – they and coach Dan Vanhooren will miss the Dinos two games at home against Montana State this weekend. UNB All-Canadian Javon Masters and Manitoba’s Justus Alleyne round out the roster.
Canada leaves for Taipei at the end of this weekend and are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on the 14th. Hanson’s troops will practice that day and the 15th and 16th with tentative exhibition games scheduled against Australia (Thursday, August 17th) and the Czech Republic (Friday, August 18th) just as those teams arrive in Taiwan.
Canada opens up their FISU men’s basketball tournament schedule on Sunday, August 20th vs. Norway and plays five games in six days before the championship quarter-finals.
Canada’s 2017 FISU Games Schedule
Sunday, August 20th vs. Norway
Monday, August 21st vs. Finland
Tuesday, August 22nd vs. Hong Kong
Thursday, August 24th vs. Japan
Friday, August 25th vs. Germany.
Top two teams in each of the 4 pools advance to the sudden death quarter-finals.