U-19 Team Wins Gold for Canada
The U-19 Men’s National Team, coached by Ryerson U.’s Roy Rana, defeated Italy 79 – 60 earlier this week, to capture the gold medal in the U-19 World Cup, played in Cairo, Egypt. Canada were led by R. J. Barrett of Mississauga, ON, with 18 pts/ 12 rebs, and Abu Kigab of St. Catharines, ON adding 12 pts/ 10 rebounds. The big team effort allowed Canada to dominate the Italians, as they had done in their 99 – 87 semi-final victory over the U.S.A.
This was the 1st – ever gold medal for any Canadian team in a FIBA World Championship, and signals a continuing rise for Canada’s prospects on the International basketball front. Here is the team roster for Canada
Most of these players will play in U.S. college programs. Some are already committed, as you can see from their profiles. Canada West followers will note that there was only one Western Canadian player on this team. Ontario really does have the lion’s share of basketball talent!
Congratulations to Coach Rana and his staff and team. An amazing accomplishment!
Shephard Plays Valuable Role for Canada
Grant Shephard of Kelowna played a key role for the winning U-19 Canada squad, as he came off the bench to provide timely scoring and rebounding (5.3 ppg/ 4 rebs in 14 mins/game) in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo this past week.
Shephard was part of the 2016 Kelowna Owls B.C. 4A high school championship team as a grade 11. He played his grade 12 year at Monteverde Academy in Florida, and recently signed with Coach Kevin Hanson’s UBC Thunderbirds. More on Shephard’s success in this story from Kelowna Capital News