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SportsAndrew Wiggins not listed among 29 invited to Canada Basketball camp

22:30  16 july  2019
22:30  16 july  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

New head coach Nick Nurse preparing Canada for long FIBA World Cup run

New head coach Nick Nurse preparing Canada for long FIBA World Cup run TORONTO — Nick Nurse is going to prepare Canada's men's basketball team for a long haul. A group of 29 players — including 17 NBAers — were invited to Canada's training camp on Tuesday ahead of the FIBA World Cup. The Canadians will play a pair of exhibition games in Toronto and Winnipeg before five more games in Australia before travelling to China for the international tournament that will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Nurse, fresh off of an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, wants Canada to be in the final. "It's a talented group of guys. If these guys can gel, we can go as far as we want to go," said Nurse. "But there's some work to do.

Andrew Wiggins not listed among 29 invited to Canada Basketball camp© Eduardo Verdugo/AP andrew-wiggins-team-canada

Canada Basketball unveiled a list of 29 players on Tuesday who have been invited to participate in the senior men’s national team training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, but missing from the list will be one of the nation’s most talented hoopers.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins wasn’t included among the list which features NBA rookies R.J. Barrett and Nickeil Alexander-Walker along with NCAA players such as Andrew Nembard, EuroLeaguers like Kevin Pangos and the expected NBA suspects in Jamal Murray, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.

Andrew Wiggins no longer necessary for Canada Basketball to be successful

Andrew Wiggins no longer necessary for Canada Basketball to be successful Andrew Wiggins was a notable omission on Canada Basketball’s initial training camp roster invite list. While having Wiggins on the upcoming World Cup roster would be helpful, it’s no longer necessary as the talent pool gets deeper. The post Andrew Wiggins no longer necessary for Canada Basketball to be successful appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Wiggins hasn’t suited up for Canada since the 2015 FIBA AmeriCup.

A finalized list of training camp invitees will be announced prior to the start of camp, which takes place between Aug. 4-6 at OVO Athletic Centre.

Canada plays exhibition contests against Nigeria at Mattamy Athletic Centre on Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg before the team leaves the country for some more tune-up games in Australia beginning Aug. 16.

Canada begins its FIBA World Cup on Sept. 1 against Australia. The Canadians also play Lithuania and Senegal in Group H.

The full list of training camp invitees can be seen below:

Player Position Hometown Previous/Current Club
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Guard Toronto, ON New Orleans Pelicans
R.J. Barrett Guard Mississauga, ON New York Knicks
Aaron Best Guard Scarborough, ON Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Khem Birch Centre Montreal, QC Orlando Magic
Chris Boucher Centre Montreal, QC Toronto Raptors
Oshae Brissett Forward Mississauga, ON Syracuse Orange (NCAA)
Dillon Brooks Forward Mississauga, ON Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke Centre Vancouver, BC Memphis Grizzlies
Aaron Doornekamp Forward Napanee, ON Valencia Basket (Spain)
Luguentz Dort Guard Montreal, QC Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Guard Hamilton, ON Oklahoma City Thunder
Melvin Ejim Forward Toronto, ON BC UNICS (Russia)
Brady Heslip Guard Burlington, ON Istanbul BBSK (Turkey)
Cory Joseph Guard Toronto, ON Sacramento Kings
Mfiondu Kabengele Forward Burlington, ON Los Angeles Clippers
Naz Mitrou-Long Guard Mississauga, ON Salt Lake City Stars (G League)
Trey Lyles Forward Saskatoon, SK San Antonio Spurs
Jamal Murray Guard Kitchener, ON Denver Nuggets
Andrew Nembhard Guard Aurora, ON Florida Gators (NCAA)
Kelly Olynyk Forward Kamloops, BC Miami Heat
Kevin Pangos Guard Newmarket, ON FC Barcelona Basketball (Spain)
Dwight Powell Forward Toronto, ON Dallas Mavericks
Phil Scrubb Guard Richmond, BC Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Thomas Scrubb Forward Richmond, BC Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)
Marial Shayok Forward Ottawa, ON Philadelphia 76ers
Andy Rautins Guard Syracuse, NY Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (Turkey)
Nik Stauskas Guard Mississauga, ON Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson Centre Brampton, ON Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Wiltjer Forward Portland, OR Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

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