TORONTO — Former NBA participant Andrew Nicholson highlights Canada’s males’s basketball staff roster for the upcoming FIBA AmeriCup 2021 qualifiers.
The 30-year-old is out there to play for Canada after the brand new coronavirus pressured the Chinese language Basketball Affiliation to postpone its season.
Nicholson, who performed 5 seasons within the NBA with Orlando, Washington and Brooklyn, was taking part in for the Guangzhou Loong Lions.
Canada faces the Dominican Republic in Oshawa, Ont., on Feb. 21 earlier than travelling to Santo Domingo for a rematch on Feb. 24.
Gord Herbert will coach the staff instead of Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.
“It’s all the time an important honour to signify Canada,” mentioned Herbert. “We’re trying ahead to going through the Dominican Republic in a home-and-away sequence which will probably be an important expertise for us as a staff. Rowan Barrett, Michael Meeks and David Grundman have achieved an important job assembling a terrific group and we hope that Canadian followers will come out subsequent Friday.”
The FIBA AmeriCup 2021 qualifiers characteristic 16 groups from the Americas zone divided into 4 teams. Groups play one another twice, residence and away, through the qualifying section with three home windows set for Feb. 21-24, 2020, November 2020 and February 2021.
Canada is in Group C together with Cuba, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The highest three ending groups in every group will earn a qualifying berth within the FIBA AmeriCup 2021. The FIBA AmeriCup was a qualifying occasion for the Olympics and World Cup.
Trae Bell-Haynes, Unionville, Ont., Helsinki Seagulls (Finland); Aaron Greatest, Toronto, Paok Thessaloniki (Greece); Kaza Kajami-Keane; Ajax, Ont., Syntainics MBC Weissenfels (Germany); Owen Klassen, Kingston, Ont.; Telenet Antwerp Giants (Belgium); Kyle Landry, Calgary, Ont., KK Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (Montenegro); MiKyle McIntosh, Pickering, Ont., Filou Oostende (Belgium), Conor Morganl, Victoria, B.C., Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona (Spain); Andrew Nicholson, Mississauga, Ont., Guangzhou Loong Lions (China); Duane Discover, Toronto, Raptors 905 (G League); Dyshawn Pierre, Whitby, Ont., Banco Di Sardegna Sassari (Italy); Kassius Robertson, Toronto, Ont., Lavoropiu Fortitudo Bologna (Italy); Phil Scrubb, Richmond, B.C., Movistar Estudiantes Madrid (Spain).
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 13, 2020