Sunday August 7 2011 – 11:57pm Eastern – Toronto, ON

The final score of the championship game still hasn’t rolled in yet (the game is in progress as I type this) but for those that aren’t aware … Canada is trying to knock off the USA/Midwest team for the crown.

What is the NIKE Global Challenge?

It’s an 8-team, 12-game tournament (over 3 days) that features the top 30 high school players in the U.S. and elite international ballers from around the globe.

Competing for Canada:

Kevin Zabo - PG -  6’03 - 180 – Montreal
Tyler Ennis - PG - 6’03 - 182 – Brampton
Nazareth Long - PG - 6’03 - 195 – Mississagua
Xavier Rathan-Mayes - SG - 6’04 - 185 – Toronto
Dyshawn Pierre - SF - 6’06 - 193 – Whitby
Negus Webster-Chan - SG - 6’07 - 186 – Toronto
Andrew Wiggins - SF - 6’07 205 1995 Vaughn
Anthony Bennett - PF - 6’08 - 220 – Brampton
Isaiah Watkins - PF - 6’08 - 210 – Toronto
Tanveer Bhullar – C - 7’03 - 240 – Toronto
Sim Bhullar - C - 7’05 - 300 - Toronto
Olivier Hanlan - SG - 6’03 - 195 – Gatineau

Joining Canada in the tournament were:

Brazil, Germany, Chinese-Taipei, Puerto Rico, and clubs from USA/East and USA/West (in addition to the USA/Midwest team already mentioned above).

The three American teams were heavily-favoured heading into the tournament but many believed that if there was one team that could make some noise and possibly upset any of the U.S. squads … it was Canada.

This is the 5th year for the NIKE Global Challenge and success at a tournament like this is certainly another fine example of the young basketball talent that Canada is producing these days (NOTE:  Canada is ranked 6th in the world (Boys) by FIBA (the Senior Men’s Team is ranked 23rd)).

Players who have competed in this tournament in the past include:

John Wall
DeMarcus Cousins
Kyrie Irving
Anthony Davis
Austin Rivers
Kemba Walker
Tristan Thompson
Brandon Knight
Greg Monroe
Tyreke Evans
….. and Toronto Raptors swingman, DeMar DeRozan

E. Smith


NOTE:  Canada was up by 2 at the half, 57-55 when this blog was posted.


NOTE:  Around 12:15am on Monday August 8 2011 … Canada led at the end of 3 QRTs (81-78)


NOTE:  8:20am on Monday August 8 2011 … Canada lost the championship game, 99-94.  Anthony Bennett led the Canadians in the loss with 20 points


2 Responses to “NIKE Global Challenge”
  1. 1.

    Eric, Thanks for the ongoing information on the exciting Basketball Canada programs.

    Just curious however as to why you let the caller from Burlington a couple weeks ago rant on about how poor our development program is and how political the make up of the teams are.
    Pure rubbish and the fact he mocked the level og High School ball in the GTA is a joke.
    Check out the last 20 years of Ontario Champions!

    - Paul Lewicki
  2. 2.

    Andrew Wiggins of Canada was International MVP.

    Good to see Cory Joseph will try out for Team Canada.

    - Chas
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