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Canada announces training camp roster for next window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers

Canada Basketball has announced the names on their 15-man roster for training camp before the upcoming window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Trae Bell-Haynes, Oshae Brissett, Zach Edey, Melvin Ejim, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dwight Powell, Kelly Olynyk, Cory Joseph, Kevin Pangos, Kassius Robertson, Phil Scrubb, Thomas Scrubb, Kyle Wiltjer and Kalif Young were all named for the fourth window.

RJ Barrett, Khem Birch, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort, and Jamal Murray will also attend the training camp, but will not participate in the fourth window.

These players have committed to representing Canada for the next several years leading up to the World Cup as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as Canada has named both summer and winter rosters to compete at the international level.

Canada, who is currently ranked 18th in the FIBA World Rankings, will now play in Group E after being the only team to stay undefeated during the first three qualifying windows. They finished atop Group C with a 6-0 record.

Gilgeous-Alexander made his senior national team debut in front of a home crowd on July 1 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ont., where Canada defeated Dominican Republic.

Training camp will take place at the University of Victoria and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre from Aug. 22-24, and the senior men’s national team program will also host a FIBA AmeriCup 2022 training camp, as the competition will be happening from Sept. 2-11 in Recife, Brazil.

Group E for the second round of qualifying is made up of Canada along with Venezuela (5-1), Argentina (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2), Panama (2-4), and Bahamas (2-4).

Canada will face Argentina on Aug. 25 (10:40 p.m. ET/ 7:40 p.m. PT) at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C. before travelling to Panama for a matchup on Aug. 29 (8:10 p.m. ET/ 5:10 p.m. PT). Both games will be live on Sportsnet.

The three best teams in each group of the last three windows and the best fourth-place team will move on to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

That competition is set to take place from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, 2023, with three the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia sharing hosting duties.

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