61 games between NCAA D1 vs. U Sports Men’s Basketball this summer: Composite Schedule (as of 17 July 17)

For 29 consecutive days beginning in early August, there will be at least one game daily between U Sports and NCAA teams either here in Canada or in two southern climate countries (Costa Rica and U.S. Virgin Islands) – in all a total of 61 games between NCAA Division 1 teams and U Sports programs.

With events in Calgary, Windsor, St. Catharines, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Lennoxville and Ste. Foy, much of the country will have access to these games that provide wonderful exposure for our programs.

Heading south are Laurentian, UBC and McGill (Costa Rica) and Carleton and Brock (U.S. Virgin Islands).  Interleaved with games in North and Central America are the FISU Games schedule in Taipei, Taiwan and the Sr. Men’s National team tournament in South America.

Another exciting summer of international basketball.

Saturday, August 5th:  Laurentian vs. Montana (Costa Rica)

Sunday, August 6th:  Towson at UQAM 3 PM (Montreal)

Monday, August 7th:  Towson at Carleton 7 PM (Ottawa); Alabama at McGill (Montreal).

Tuesday, August 8th:  Southern Methodist at McGill; Townson vs. Montreal All-Stars at Brebeuf (both games in Montreal); Laurentian vs. Western Kentucky (Costa Rica)

Wednesday, August 9th:  Towson at Laval (Ste. Foy, PQ); Alabama at Carleton (Ottawa); Binghamton at Brock (St. Catharines)

Thursday, August 10th:  Southern Methodist at Ryerson (Kerr Hall, Toronto); Towson at McGill (Montreal); Alabama at Ottawa (Ottawa); Binghamton vs. Laurier (at Brock in St. Catharines); Montana State at Calgary (Calgary); Laurentian vs. Western Kentucky (Costa Rica)

Friday, August 11th:  Jacksonville at Windsor (Windsor); Montana State vs. Alberta (at Calgary)

Saturday, August 12th:  Montana State at Calgary (Calgary); Doubleheader in Toronto:  2PM Binghamton at Ryerson & 4 PM Southern Methodist vs. Crown League All-Stars (both games at Kerr Hall, Ryerson); Laurentian vs. Kent State (Costa Rica)

Sunday, August 13th:  Jacksonville at Brock (St. Catharines); Montana State vs. Alberta (at Calgary); Binghamton vs. McMaster (Noon at Kerr Hall in Toronto)

Monday, August 14th:  Carleton vs. Vanderbilt (U.S. Virgin Islands tournament); Kent State vs. McGill (Costa Rica)

Tuesday, August 15th:  Carleton vs. Northern Colorado (U.S. Virgin Islands); Lamar vs. McGill (Costa Rica)

Wednesday, August 16th:  Brock vs. Vanderbilt (U.S. Virgin Islands); UTEP vs. McGill (Costa Rica)

Thursday, August 17th:  Carleton vs. Vanderbilt (U.S. Virgin Islands); UTEP vs. McGill (Costa Rica)

Friday, August 18th:  Carleton vs. James Madison (U.S. Virgin Islands); UBC vs. Nevada (Costa Rica)

Saturday, August 19th:  Canisius at Queen’s (Kingston); Notre Dame College (NDC- NCAA Division II) at Toronto (Toronto); UBC vs. UTEP (Costa Rica)

Sunday, August 20th:  New Hampshire at Laval (Ste. Foy); Brock vs. James Madison; Canisius vs. Bishop’s (in Montreal); ALSO:  Canada vs. Norway (FISU Games in Taiwan)

Monday, August 21st:  New Hampshire at Ottawa (in Montreal); Brock vs. James Madison; Canisius at Concordia (Montreal); UBC vs. Nevada (Costa Rica);  Notre Dame College (NDC – NCAA Division II) at York;  ALSO:  Canada vs. Finland (FISU Games in Taiwan)

Tuesday, August 22nd:  New Hampshire at Carleton (Ottawa); Canisius at Ottawa (Ottawa); ALSO:  Canada vs. vs. Hong Kong (FISU Games in Taiwan)

Wednesday, August 23rd:  New Hampshire at UQAM (Montreal); Canisius at Carleton (Ottawa); Northeastern at Concordia (Montreal).

Thursday, August 24th:  New Hampshire at Concordia (Montreal); ALSO:  Canada vs. Japan (FISU Games in Taiwan)

Friday, August 25th:  Northeastern vs. Bishop’s (at Raven’s Nest, Carleton in Ottawa); ALSO:  vs. Germany (FISU Games in Taiwan)

Saturday, August 26th:  St. Francis Brooklyn at UQAM (Montreal); Northeastern at Carleton (Ottawa)

Sunday, August 27th:  St. Francis Brooklyn at Carleton (3 PM in Ottawa); ALSO:  Canada Sr. Men’s vs. U.S. Virgin Islands (FIBA Americup 2017 in Argentina)

Monday, August 28th:   Ramapo (NCAA DIII from New Jersey) at Ottawa (Ottawa); Siena at Carleton (in Montreal at a location to be determined); St. Francis Brooklyn at McGill (7 PM in Montreal).  ALSO Canada Sr. Men’s vs. Argentina (FIBA Americup 2017 in Argentina)

Tuesday, August 29th:  Hofstra at UQAM (7 PM in Montreal); Siena at McGill (7 PM in Montreal); St. Francis Brooklyn at Concordia (7 PM in Montreal); ALSO Canada Sr. Men’s vs. Venezuela (FIBA Americup 2017 in Argentina)

Wednesday, August 30th:  Hofstra at Carleton (Scrimmage Only in Ottawa)

Thursday, August 31st:  Siena at Concordia (6 PM in Montreal)

Friday, September 1st:  Hofstra at Concordia (7 PM in Montreal)

Saturday, September 2nd:  Hofstra at McGill (3 PM in Montreal)



U Sports-laden group to tour China this week


Led by Nipissing Head Coach Chris Cheng, a group of recent U Sports graduates and alumni currently playing professionally are in the middle of two-a-day practices ahead of their trip to China later today for the Guizhou Kaili International Men’s Basketball tournament between 21st-23rd July, 2017.  Training camp in Toronto concludes today and the team flies out in time for more training in China between 18th-20th before opening the tournament on 21st.

This international trip has been put together by ACE Sports and Entertainment and Canada’s coaching staff will include Ajay Sharma, Humber College women’s basketball Head Coach and the following 11 players:

6’3″ Jordan Campbell, wing entering his 5th and final season at Nipissing University, 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh, a two-time OUA All-Star who graduated this past season as the all-time leading scorer in the history of Queen’s Gaels basketball, 6’4″ Jonathan Tull (Regina), who this past season played professionally in Spain, Windsor grad 6’2″ Khalid Abdel-Gabar, who played professionally in Morocco this past season, 6’5″ Christian Casimier (Nipissing), 6’5″ Devin Johnson, a three-time OUA All-Star at the University of Toronto who averaged over 20 ppg this past season, 6’7″ Nick Tufegdzic (York), who has enjoyed several successful professional seasons in Germany, 6’7″ Theon Reefer (Saint Mary’s), 6’6″ Matt Marshall (Brock) who has professional experience in Slovakia and in National Basketball League of Canada, 6’7″ Ryan Ejim of the U Sports National Champions Carleton Ravens and 6’7″ Denzell Taylor, a native of Brampton, ON who finished his collegiate career as the #10 all-time leading rebounder at Old Dominion (NCAA D1).

Guard play is always important internationally and with Abdel-Gabar the likely starter at the point, Canada has a crafty, well-coached veteran who can create for the likes of Singh, Campbell and Johnson.  Up front, Canada has 4 solid bigs led by Tufegdzic, the slick veteran along with Ejim and solid rebounder Taylor.

The four-team tournament includes China’s Bayi Shuanglu Dianchi Rockets (Chinese Basketball Association) and teams from Serbia and USA.

Coach Cheng is excited about the trip and has some understanding of the opposition “(Serbia’s) Head Coach is an Assistant with their Senior National team.  USA has a bunch of current pro players well into their 3-5th years of pro – we will definitely be the youngest team there”

Canada’s Schedule:

Friday, July 21st  Canada vs. KK Dynamic Belgrade (Serbia pro league)

Saturday, July 22nd  Canada vs. USA

Sunday, July 23rd  Canada vs. Bayi Rockets (China).

Good luck to Coach Cheng and our solid group in this international tournament.


Wood leads way with 26 as Canada romps Iraq

Shooting a sizzling 14 for 29 from three point range and breaking off on a 33-11 second quarter run, Canada moved to 3-0 at the Jones Cup in Taiwan with a 99-48 pasting of previously-undefeated Iraq earlier today in Taipei.  6’4″ Connor Wood and 6’3″ Diego Kapelan (Vancouver/McNeese State) combined to go 13 for 20 from downtown.

Wood led all scorers with 25 points – including 6-12 threes, adding 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Kapelan, the 30 year old two-man who has enjoyed a solid career in Europe after graduating from McNeese State in 2009-10, was a sizzling 7 for 8 from three as Canada moved to 3-0 on the tournament.

The tournament format is a straight nine-game round robin with the team finishing first in the standings declared the champions.  6’7″ Joel Friesen had 13 points while UBC’s All-Canadian 6’9″ Conor Morgan added 9 points and 5 rebounds for Canada, who next meets Republic of China-Blue tomorrow (7 AM ET), one of two local Taiwanese teams in the tournament, 1-1 and currently playing India.  China-Blue was defeated 88-72 by the Philippines, which Canada knocked off 90-77 on the opening day of play.

Canada romps Australia for 5th place at Maccabiah Games

6’3″ Sage Usher had 19 points while 6’1″ Ave Bross added 14 and 6’0″ Mor Menashe 13 as Canada finished 5th at the 2017 Maccabiah Games with a 85-61 pasting of Australia as the men’s basketball tournament concluded on Sunday in Jerusalem.  Great job by coach Allon Bross and Assistant Muddy Trivedi as Canada finished 5-2 for the tournament, their only losses coming to France and USA.  The Americans captured the tournament championship today with a 75-67 victory over the French.

https://twitter.com/Madh_Trivedi/status/886630807653072896  Muddy pays tribute to Allon in a tweet sent earlier today.

Video courtesy of 3D Canada from today’s win over Lithuania

Wood leads win over Lithuania as Canada now 2-0 at 39th William Jones Cup in Taiwan


Canada is off to a strong start at the 39th Jones Cup in Taiwan after a pair of victories this weekend to sit at 2-0 atop the preliminary round standings in the 10 team, international tournament in Taipei, Taiwan.  Recall that Canada’s entry, coached by former Guelph Gryphon All-Canadian Kyle Julius, is officially entered as 3D Global Sports Canada 150 and includes the following U Sports stars both past and present: 6’4″ Connor Wood, Carleton, 6’9″ Conor Morgan, UBC, 6’5″ Joel Friesen, Alberta, 6’5″ Shaquille Keith (Cape Breton) and 6’2″ Joey Haywood, Saint Mary’s.

Earlier today, Canada came back from an early double digit deficit to outlast Lithuania 102-99 as Wood came off the bench to lead Canada with 18 points (12 after halftime in 17 minutes) including 6-10 from downtown, adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists.  Canada trailed by double digits early in the third quarter before Wood and Friesen, who started for Canada and finished with 12 points, combined to go 4 for 4 from downtown to give Canada the lead.  Keith had 8 points in 8 minutes while Morgan added 6 in 12 minutes.

On Saturday – the first day of the round robin – Canada drew an early tough opponent in the Philippines, with several naturalized players with U.S. backgrounds on the roster, pulling away midway through the second quarter for a 90-77 victory.  Canada had 4 players in double figures including Haywood with 12 points.  Wood came off the bench to knock down 3 of 7 threes to finish with 9 points in 16 minutes while Friesen added 8 and Morgan with 2 points and 3 boards in 9 minutes.

Canada (2-0) meets 2-0 Iraq tomorrow as preliminary round play continues in Taiwan.

Current Standings

Canada 2-0

Iraq 2-0

South Korea 2-0

Lithuania 1-1

Philippines 1-1

China Blue 1-1

Iran 1-1

Japan 0-2

China White 0-2

India 0-2

Monday’s Games:

Lithuania vs. Japan

Iraq vs. Canada 13:00 CST (12 hours ahead of Eastern time i.e. 1 AM ET Monday)

Philippines vs. China White

Iran vs. South Korea

China Blue vs. India


Canada knocks off Greece; will play for 5th place at Maccabiah Games on Sunday

6’0″ Ave Bross had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while 6’6″ forward Adam Halpern added 19 points and 8 boards as Canada defeated Greece 78-58 and will play the winner of Australia/Mexico game for fifth place at the 20th Maccabiah men’s basketball tournament, the game to take place on Sunday.  6’0″ Mor Menashe had 17 points while 6’3″ Sage Usher added 15 points with 4 assists as Canada won convincingly after the disappointing late-game loss to France on Tuesday.

FIBA Americup 2017 highlights Sr. Men’s summer campaign

For the first time in recent memory, Canada’s Senior Men’s team has a comparatively slower summer schedule-wise however the FIBA Americup 2017 does provide an opportunity for the coaching staff and roster to assemble in August, not to mention the opportunity to potentially atone for one of the more disappointing losses in Canadian basketball history (yes, Venezuela is on the schedule this summer).

Newly minted U-19 World Championship gold medalist coach Roy Rana will very likely be part of this summer’s coaching staff which is set to include Head Coach Jay Triano, long-time Carleton mentor Dave Smart and Raptors 905 Assistant Nate Mitchell.

The twelve-nation tournament breaks down into three groups of 4 teams with Canada in Group B with U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela and host Argentina, where all Group B games will be played (Bahia Blanca, Argentina).  Interestingly, the USA entry in this tournament and throughout the qualifying series will be former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Head Coach and current NBA television analyst Jeff Van Gundy.

No word yet on the make-up of our roster although it is likely that Canada will start to plan for the new World Cup and Olympic qualifying format which, for the World Cup 2019, has games played throughout the winter months in direct conflict with NBA and other professional leagues.

To that end, an initial, somewhat-large list of candidates was considered some weeks ago that contained numerous current and former U Sports names.  Expect the staff to flush out a more comprehensive list in time for a pre-tournament camp, likely in early August.  While we cannot confirm any names, it is widely expected that few if any NBA players will participate in what amounts to an exhibition tournament.  More practically, existing professionals playing in Europe and other countries are strong candidates, especially given that Canada’s FISU games campaign – consisting of a roster with 12 existing and graduated U-Sports players – will begin play in Taiwan on 20th August through late August, overlapping FIBA Americup 2017.

Still, expect some U Sports-affiliated talent to potentially be considered with names like 6’3″ Ryerson All-Canadian Adika Peter-McNeilly and 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa (not named to FISU team) and potentially other recently-graduated stars to garner consideration.  As a side note, expect Peter-McNeilly to announce shortly the signing of his first professional contract; one of several U-Sports grads from last season to do so.

For recent grads like Peter-McNeilly, this tournament occurs at a time in the year when European professional leagues are starting up and could create some potential scheduling conflicts, especially for players who just signed their first contract and are in the first stages of establishing their professional careers, putting them in what should be considered a difficult spot – whether to play an exhibition tournament for your country or begin your career.

We hope to have more details on the make-up of the roster in the coming weeks.

Canada’s Group B schedule at FIBA Americup 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017  vs. U.S. Virgin Islands

Monday, August 28, 2017 vs. Argentina

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 vs. Venezuela

(all games in Bahia Blanca, Argentina).

Group A consists of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia and a team to be named – these games are in Medellin, Columbia.

Group C consists of USA, Dominican Republic, Panama and Uruguay with games in Montevideo, Uruguay.

World Cup 2019 Qualifying… As most know by now, the era of the qualifying tournament has been replaced by a FIFA-like qualification during which teams are slotted in regional groups and play home-and-home games with group winners advancing to the next round of qualification.

The qualifying windows for the FIBA World Basketball Cup 2019 will be:

  • November 20-28, 2017
  • February 19-27, 2018
  • June 25 to July 3, 2018
  • September 10-18, 2018
  • November 26 to December 4, 2018 and
  • February 20-28 (2019).

Canada was drawn into Group D of the first qualifiers window along with the Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, and will open its Qualification campaign against Bahamas on November 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Here is Canada’s six-game schedule:

November 24th, 2017:  Bahamas at Canada (Halifax)

November 27th, 2017:  Canada at Dominican Republic

February 22nd, 2018:  Canada at U.S. Virgin Islands

February 25th, 2018:  Canada at Bahamas

June 29th, 2018:  Dominican Republic at Canada

July 2nd, 2018:  U.S. Virgin Islands at Canada

There are three other four-team pools in FIBA Americas (16 teams total in Round 1).

In the second round, the top three teams from each group will be placed in a group with three other top teams, resulting in two groups of six teams each (Group E and F – Canada will likely reside in Group F). All results from the first qualification round are carried over to the second round. Games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top three teams in each group along with the better placed fourth team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup proper.  After the six windows, the top seven teams from the Americas will reserve a spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China from August 31 – September 15.  Got it ?

Louis adds another dynamic guard to Ravens stable

One of the top graduating guards in Canada, 6’0″ Alain Louis, has officially been accepted into Carleton and will add to the Ravens impressive stable of young guards.  Louis, ranked #24 in the Class of 2017 by North Pole Hoops brings tremendous on-the-ball “d” with a mix of quickness, long arms and strong wide shoulders.  Louis prepped at Thetford Academy in Quebec and expects to see immediate time in the Ravens rotation and eventually at the high end as his perimeter shooting improves.

The Ravens have scheduled a busy summer with several NCAA Division 1 games in Ottawa plus a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands in August for other games against U.S. schools.

Carleton expects to officially announce the signings of likely two more players in the coming weeks as Ravens look to replace top-end-of-the-rotation regulars 6’4″ Moser winner Connor Wood, 6’2″ Kaza Kajami-Keane, 6’7″ Ryan Ejim and 6’4″ Joe Rocca in their quest for a 14th national championship in the past 16 seasons.

Swords welcomes 3 more recruits; Vees prepare for Costa Rica trip in early August

Coming off one of the more encouraging seasons of his coaching career at Laurentian, Coach Shawn Swords and the Voyageurs are getting an early start to their season as the program heads to Costa Rica in early August for 4 games against NCAA Division 1 teams.  The group is assembling in Sudbury with informal runs and will ramp up preparations for the Costa Rica trip with a mini camp in late July, early August before departing for the beautiful Central America island on August 3rd.

The Voyageurs, who return the entire core of their rotation from last season that finished 11-15 overall and 9-10 in OUA league play – winning their first-round OUA playoff game at home 88-72 before bowing 93-81 at uOttawa in an OUA quarter-final playoff game – have tried to address their need for some size and bulk inside with the arrival of 6’10” Vitaly Goroshko (Vaughan ’12) who was born in Russia but grew up in Canada and brings size and strength – he has not played for several years since high school and it will likely take some time to re-adjust but his size is imposing.

Swords looks to add to his perimeter shooting prowess with the arrival of 6’3″ Curtis Gordon (Guelph J.F. Ross), a Guelph all-star this past season while likely immediate impact talent arrives with 6’3″ Haroun Mohamed, a transfer from Seneca where scoring wing averaged 11.6 points in 20 minutes per game for the Sting this past season.  Mohamed has the skills to break defenders down off the dribble and is a proven scorer at the post-secondary level.

Laurentian returns 6’1″ Kadre Gray, Canada’s Freshman-of-the-Year this past season as well as senior talent in 6’0″ David Aromolaran, 6’5″ Nelson Yengue and 6’4″ O.J. Watson among a strong group of developing talent for a program that is definitely on the upswing.

Laurentian’s Costa Rica Schedule

Saturday, August 5th vs. Montana

Tuesday, August 8th vs. Western Kentucky

Thursday, August 10th vs. Western Kentucky

Sunday, August 12th vs. Kent State