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Canada Basketball releases updated training camp roster with several omissions

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Canada Basketball continues to update its roster ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The new list sees several notable changes from the initial 21-man roster released last month. Some absences include Dillon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk, Khem Birch, Oshae Brissett, and Tristan Thompson not being involved with the program for this year as the Canadian men's team looks to qualify for their first Olympics since Sydney 2000. The new list is below:

Aaron Doornekamp

Forward

6’7”

Napanee, ON

Tenerife (Spain)

Andrew Nembhard

Guard

6’5”

Aurora, ON

Gonzaga Bulldogs (NCAA)

Andrew Nicholson

Forward

6’9”

Mississauga, ON

Fujian Sturgeons (China)

Andrew Wiggins

Forward

6’7”

Vaughan, ON

Golden State Warriors

Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8”

Toronto, ON

Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico)

Bennedict Mathurin

Guard

6’7”

Montreal, QC

Arizona Wildcats (NCAA)

Charles Bediako

Centre

6’10”

Brampton, ON

Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA)

Cory Joseph

Guard

6'3"

Toronto, ON

Detroit Pistons

Dwight Powell

Forward

6'11"

Toronto, ON

Dallas Mavericks

Isiaha Mike

Guard

6’8”

Toronto, ON

Niners Chemnitz (Germany)

Luguentz Dort

Guard

6’4”

Montreal, QC

Oklahoma City Thunder

Melvin Ejim

Forward

6'6"

Toronto, ON

Buducnost VOLI (Montenegro)

Mychal Mulder

Guard

6’3”

Windsor, ON

Golden State Warriors

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Guard

6’6”

Toronto, ON

New Orleans Pelicans

Owen Klassen

Centre

6'10"

Kingston, ON

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France)

R.J. Barrett

Guard

6'6”

Mississauga, ON

New York Knicks

Trae Bell-Haynes

Guard

6'2”

Toronto, ON

Crailsheim Merlins (Germany)

Trey Lyles

Forward

6’10”

Saskatoon, SK

San Antonio Spurs

Zach Edey

Centre

7’4”

Toronto, ON

Purdue Boilermakers (NCAA)

Although those absences are significant, this is still shaping up to be the most talented roster that Canada has put together in quite some time. The remaining group will still be headlined by Andrew Wiggins, Dwight Powell, Cory Joseph, Lu Dort, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Mychal Mulder, and R.J. Barrett in addition to a number of experienced players from acclaimed leagues outside of the NBA.

However, it would appear that Canada won't have the depth of experience in the frontcourt as initially expected. Powell is the most likely to start, although he is undersized as a center, while Trey Lyles is a versatile player who can fill in at center or at power forward, but the depth behind them is relatively thin. The roster was supplemented with two teenagers in camp between 6-foot-11 center Charles Bediako and 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey. 

Canada Basketball is hosting training camp in Tampa at the Toronto Raptors' temporary facilities from June 16 to 24 before travelling to Victoria, B.C. for the qualifying tournament. Canada needs to win both the semifinals and the finals in one-game playoffs among a six-team pool to secure an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020. 

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