Canada basketball announced the 15 men’s basketball players who will participate in training camp for the Senior Men’s National Team in the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Three of the 15 athletes are former Gonzaga Bulldogs, another reminder of how Mark Few’s program has developed Canadian talent exceptionally well over the years.
Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Pangos, and Kyle Wiltjer are the Zag alumni included on the roster, which also features Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Oshae Brissett, Cory Joseph, and Zach Edey.
RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Lu Dort, and Jamal Murray are all listed on the roster but are not participating in the qualifying events.
Canada is ranked 18th among the eighty national teams set to participate across six different qualifying windows, where they will hope to secure their place among the 30 teams who will join Japan and Philippines in the 32-team edition of the FIBA tournament.
The Canadians will face Argentina on August 25 in Victoria, BC before heading to Panama for a matchup on August 29.
Gonzaga’s rich history of international stars includes many Canadians, and each of the three players on this roster should have a big impact on the countries success in the 2023 qualifiers and beyond.
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