Our men’s team has arrived in China after the 12-hour flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhou. The team then flew to Chongqing City where they stayed the night. This morning there was a four-hour bus ride to Kai County where the first three games will be played starting tomorrow.
One of our opponents will be the Canadian Development National Team which is comprised of many star NCAA players. Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga will start at the point backed up by ACC Freshman of the Year Olivier Hanlan of Boston College. Brady Heslip of Baylor, Justin Edwards of Maine, Daniel Mullings of New Mexico State and Laurent Rivard of Harvard will man the off guard. The forwards include Manny Arop of Indiana State by way of Gonzaga, Kyle Wiltjer of Kentucky and Dwight Powell of Stanford. 7’2 Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State will man the middle.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars will depend on their depth and experience in playing the Canadians and the national teams of China and Latvia. The USA will feature three players from the NBL of Canada, making the games against Canada intriguing match-ups. All three players played for the Moncton Miracles. Oliver McNally was one of the top point guards in the league, Devin Sweetney was the MVP and leading scorer and Isaac Butts was the rookie of the year and leading rebounder.
The first series of three games will start on the evening of June 8th China time. We’ll be reporting the results each night after play.
Canada Development Men’s National Team
Mangisto Arop, G, 6-6, Edmonton, Alta. (Indiana State)
Jordan Bachynski, C, 7-2, Calgary, Alta. (Arizona State)
Murphy Burnatowski, F, 6-7, Waterloo, Ont. (Colgate)
Justin Edwards, G, 6-3, Whitby, Ont. (Maine)
Melvin Ejim, G, 6-6, Toronto, Ont. (Iowa State)
Olivier Hanlan, G, 6-3, Aylmer, Que. (Boston College)
Brady Heslip, G, 6-2, Burlington, Ont. (Baylor) Owen Klassen, F, 6-10, Kingston, Ont. (Carleton)
Daniel Mullings, F, 6-2, Toronto, Ont. (New Mexico State)
Grant Mullins, G, 6-3, Burlington, Ont. (Columbia)
Kevin Pangos, G, 6-1, Holland Landing, Ont. (Gonzaga)
Dwight Powell, F, 6-10, Toronto, Ont. (Stanford)
Laurent Rivard, G, 6-5, Saint-Bruno, Que. (Harvard)
Philip Scrubb, G, 6-3, Richmond, B.C. (Carleton)
Thomas Scrubb, F, 6-5, Montreal, Que. (Carleton)
Kyle Wiltjer, F, 6-9, Portland, Ore. (Kentucky)
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
China Tour 2013 – Men’s “Four Nations Challenge”
Derek Needham, PG, 5’11, 190 (Fairfield)
Oliver McNally, G, 6’3, 190 (Harvard, NBL Canada)
Derrick Rodgers, PG, 6’1, 210 (Portland)
Mike Moore, G, 6’5, 200 (Hofstra, Lithuania)
Devin Sweetney, G/F, 6’6, 205 (St. Francis-PA, NBL Canada)
Robert Crawford, G/F , 6’6, 210 (Central Arkansas)
Roger Franklin, F/G, 6’5, 225 (North Texas)
Jonathan Morse, F, 6’8, 240 (Metro State)
Isaac Butts, C, 6’10, 280 (Appalachian St., NBL Canada)
Mike Davis, C, 6’10, 265 (Seton Hall, Romania)
Jason Conrad, C/F , 7’0 , 255 (Chico State)