Anthony, Scrubb brothers headline Canada roster for FIBA qualifiers

Canada's Philip Scrubb (4) drives to the basket past Bahamas' Michael Carey (11) during first half FIBA World Cup qualifying basketball action in Halifax on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Ted Pritchard/CP)

Canada Basketball has announced the 12-man roster for the fifth window of the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

Leading the way for Canada will be returning centre Joel Anthony, a former NBA player whose 10-year career saw him play with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.

Joining him are the Scrubb brothers, Thomas and Philip. The Carleton University alumni enjoyed dominant collegiate careers, winning five straight CIS national championships. Philip was a three-time MVP during that stretch, and both brothers were a part of the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifying team that lost to France in the finals.

Roy Rana will return as head coach and will be joined by assistant coaches J.D. Jackson, Patrick Tatham, and Michael Meeks.

“We are developing a culture of sacrifice and this group embodies the spirt of giving unconditionally to something that is greater than themselves. We are excited for the opportunities ahead in Caracas, Venezuela and Sao Paulo, Brazil,” Rana said in a press release.

Through eight games of FIBA World Cup qualifying competition so far, Canada sits atop Group F with a 7-1 record. They will take on second-place Venezuela on Nov. 30 in a battle for the group’s top spot, then travel to Brazil to wrap up the fifth window.

The three highest-placed teams from each group and the best fourth-placed team between Group E and Group F will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The top seven teams at the end of that tournament will automatically be given Tokyo 2020 Olympic berths.

Canada roster:

Name Position Hometown Current club
Joel Anthony Centre Montreal, Que. San Lorenzo
Aaron Best Guard Scarborough, Ont. Riesen Ludwigsburg
Brady Heslip Guard Burlington, Ont. Fraport Skyliners
Kaza Kajami-Keane Guard Ajax, Ont. Landstede Zwolle
Kyle Landry Centre Calgary, Alta. Buducnost
Conor Morgan Forward Victoria, B.C. Divina Seguros Joventut
Duane Notice Guard Woodbridge, Ont. Raptors 905
Dyshawn Pierre Forward Whitby, Ont. Banco di Srd
Xavier Rathan-Mayes Guard Markham, Ont. AEK Athens
Phil Scrubb Guard Richmond, B.C. Zenit St. Petersburg
Thomas Scrubb Forward Richmond, B.C. Pallacanestro Varese
Kyle Wiltjer Forward Portland, OR Unicaja Malaga

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