NBA star Gilgeous-Alexander leads Canada’s squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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TORONTO — Oklahoma City Thunderstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander The 16-man roster for Canada men’s national team training camp is making headlines next week ahead of the third window of qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup.

The Hamilton guard is one of four NBA players who will attend training camp June 27-30 at the OVO Athletic Center in Toronto.

Toronto Utah guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Dallas power forward Dwight Powell from Toronto and Detroit center Kelly Olynyk from Kamloops, BC are also on the list, released Friday by Basketball Canada.

RJ Barrett (New York), Oshae Brissett (Indiana), Khem birch (Toronto), Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City), Jamal Murray (Denver) and Kevin Pangos (CSKA Moscow) will be at camp but will not be participating in the qualifying window.

Kory Joseph (Detroit) will not be attending the camp due to family reasons.

Absent from the squad are forward Andrew Wiggins from Vaughan, Ontario, making a standout as part of the Golden State Warriors’ championship run, and central Montreal Chris Boucherwho will be given full free rein after four seasons with the Raptors.

Phil Scrubb of Richmond, BC, a 55-caption veteran for the national team, was also added to the roster along with brother Thomas Scrubb (23 caps).

Gilgeous-Alexander is recovering from an ankle injury that kept him out of the final 10 games of the Thunder season. He was limited to 56 competitions in 2021-22 due to injuries.

When he played, Gilgeous-Alexander was impressive, setting career highs with 24.5 points, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game and setting a career high with a 5.9 assist average.

Alexander-Walker averaged 10.6 points per game last season, which he split between New Orleans and Utah.

Olynyk, a 41-appearance national team regular, had 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in a game against Detroit in 2021-22.

Powell averaged 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his eighth season with Dallas.

Canada meets the Dominican Republic at the FirstOntario Center in Hamilton on July 1 before heading to the US Virgin Islands for a matchup on July 4.

The Canadians are unbeaten in the first two windows with a 4-0 record and have already secured a place in the second round of World Cup qualifiers.

CANADA:

Kyle Alexander, forward, Milton, Ont.; Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Guard, Toronto; Trae Bell-Haynes, Guard, Toronto; Aaron Best, Guard, Toronto; Kenny Chery, Warden, Montreal; Zach Edey, Center, Toronto; Melvin Ejim. forward, Toronto; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Guard, Hamilton; Kaza Kajami-Keane, Guard, Ajax, Ontario; Conor Morgan, forward, Victoria; Jean-Victor Mukama, Guard, Hamilton; Kelly Olynyk, centre. Kamloops, BC; Dwight Powell, forward, Toronto; Kassius Robertson, Guard, Toronto; Phil Scrubb, Warden, Richmond, BC; Thomas Scrubb, forward, Richmond.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.

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