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Wednesday / May 22.
  • R.J. Barrett, Kentucky Signee Shai Alexander Headline Canadian U19 Tryouts

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    Kentucky-bound guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Class of 2019 star R.J. Barrett are among the Canadian players who will attend the country’s U19 Men’s National Team tryouts from June 13-14 at the University of Toronto – Mississauga.

    Iowa State-bound guard Lindell Wigginton and Oregon signee Abu Kigab are also in the mix.

    Several top Canadians are not involved in the tryouts, including  Emmanuel Akot (Arizona), Nickeil Alexander (Virginia Tech), Ignas Brazdeikis, Oshae Brissett (Syracuse), Luguentz Dort and Simi Shittu, per Peter Yannopoulous.

    “We look forward to a competitive tryout and training session as we look to field the best team to face the world in Egypt,” Canadian head coach Roy Rana said.

    Following tryouts the squad will train in Mississauga until June 20th and then travel to France for exhibition play en route to Cairo, Egypt for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 from July 1-9.

    The American team is coached by Kentucky coach John Calipari, who on Tuesday addressed security concerns in Egypt, which has suffered several terrorist attacks in recent months.

    The group of 28 American tryouts includes three Kentucky players in Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington, as well as five rising high school seniors, four of whom hold Kentucky offers.

    The 6-7 Barrett, who is being recruited by a Who’s Who of Division 1 programs, is considering reclassifying to 2018 from 2019.



    Bamba Amidou 6’9″ Scarborough, ON Coastal Carolina University Canada Elite
    Barrett RJ 6’7″ Mississauga, ON Montverde Academy Uplay Canada
    Bediako Jaden 6’10” Brampton, ON Ridley College Uplay Canada
    Bennett Khaleem 6’4″ Hamilton, ON Sunrise Christian Academy Uplay Canada
    Christie Alex 7’0″ Oakville, ON The MacDuffie School Boston Amateur Basketball Club
    Darling Nathan 6’5″ Sackville, NS University of
    Alabama Birmingham
    Basketball Nova Scotia
    Djuricic Danilo 6’8″ Brampton, ON Harvard University CIA Bounce
    Ezeagu Kaosi 6’10” Brampton, ON Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Uplay Canada
    Gilgeous-Alexander Shai 6’6″ Toronto, ON University of Kentucky Uplay Canada
    Gilgeous-Alexander Thomasi 6’5″ Hamilton, ON Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Uplay Canada
    Henry Jordan 5’10” Pickering, ON Pine Ridge SS Canada Elite
    Kigab Abu 6’7″ St. Catharines, ON University of Oregon Uplay Canada
    Kirkwood Noah 6’7″ Kanata, ON Ashbury College Brookwood Elite
    Longpre Anthony 6’9″ L’Assomption, QC Saint Joseph’s University Brookwood Elite
    Miller Emanuel 6’7″ Toronto, ON Bill Crothers SS Uplay Canada
    Oduro Prince 6’8″ Toronto, ON First Love Christian Academy Canada Elite
    Price-Noel Jahbril 6’7″ Toronto, ON Gould Academy Expressions Elite
    Shephard Grant 6’10” Kelowna, BC University of British Columbia Drive/Uplay Canada
    Uguak Aher 6’7″ Edmonton, AB Loyola University Chicago Drive
    Vrankic Josip 6’9″ Etobicoke, ON Santa Clara University Canada Elite
    Wagner James 6’7″ Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba Basketball Manitoba
    Wigginton Lindell 6’2″ Dartmouth, NS Iowa State University Stackhouse Elite
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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