Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Morrison Back with Canadian Juniors for FIBA Americas

Media Release
Lakehead University Athletics Department
Morrison Enters 3rd Campaign With Canadian JMNT
Canadian U18's to compete at FIBA Americas in Colorado Springs, June 20-24
June 11, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
For the third year in a row, men's basketball head coach Scott Morrison will be taking on an assistant's role with Canada's Junior Men's National Team (JMNT).

For the past two summers, Morrison has served as an assistant with the U18 JMNT program that placed 3rd at the FIBA Americas in Brazil ('12) and the subsequent U19 group that earned a 6th place finish at the FIBA world championships in Turkey ('13).

This year's instalment of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship will be hosted by USA Basketball at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 20-24. It will also serve as the qualifier for next year's FIBA world championships.

"It is a major honour to be asked to work with the nation's best for a third consecutive summer," Morrison states. "Just like the previous years, training camp has been a grind, but an unparalleled experience working with a great staff and a top notch group of kids."

Morrison re-joined JMNT head coach Roy Rana and fellow assistant coach Kirby Shepp a few weeks back for initial workouts with the team in Toronto, as the roster comes into shape heading towards the FIBA tournament in 'The Centennial State'.

This year Canada's pool includes Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. On the other side are the USA, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. More info can be found on the FIBA Americas website.

Some high-profile names expected on this year's JMNT roster include 6'9" forward Chris Egi (Markham, Ont.) who is attending Harvard next year, and Montaque Gill-Caesar (Vaughan, Ont.), who attends famed Huntington Prep in West Virginia and will graduate in 2015.

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Morrison is grateful to be a part of a quickly-evolving scene around Canadian basketball that is getting more and more attention globally, and south of the border.

"Canada basketball is hot on the international scene right now and I am extremely excited to play a small part of the movement."

The Canadian JMNT has featured several high profile players in recent years during Morrison's tenure with the team, some of whom (A. Wiggins, T. Ennis) have taken their game all the way to the NCAA tournament and are poised to enter the NBA on draft day in 2 weeks.

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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .

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