On May 2, 2016, the Toronto 3D men's team will be flying to China to represent Canada in an international basketball tournament. While in China, the 3D team will be traveling across three cities in three provinces and competing against three other teams, representing Lithuania, US, and China.
May 5-7: Yunyang, Chongqin
May 9-11: Wanyuan, Sichuan
May 13-15: Shenzhen, Guangdon
The Toronto 3D roster is built through invite-only opportunity for premier Canadians basketball players graduating from CIS and NCAA. This is a great opportunity to represent Canada country and compete internationally against high caliber international talent from Lithuania, US, and the China.
The Toronto 3D roster will be announced by April 25th.
In the meantime, here is a closer look at some of the players that make up teams from Lithuania and US.
Lithuania is known as a premier country for producing elite basketball talent. In fact, basketball is so popular in Lithuania, the sport is often refereed to as the country's “second religion and game of the nation”. Recently, Lithuania finished with a silver medal in the 39th annual FIBA Eurobasket 2015.
The Lithuania team competing in China this year consists of Lithuanian players from the first premier basketball division (LKL), 2nd division (NKL), also players from the Baltic League and 1st Liga Spain division. Some of the top players representing Lithuania in this tournament, include 6’10 centre Dominykas Milka of TLU Kalev (Estonia 1st Div) and the international Baltic League, 6’9 power forward Zygimantas Riaukaof El Olivar Zaragoza (Spain 1st Liga-Endesa), 6’11 centre Ignas Ramasauskas of Zornotza (Spain 1st Liga-Endesa), and 6’5 Gintautas Matulis of Suduva Mantinga, 1st place (33-5) of NKL Lithuania second division. Head Coach of the Lithuania team is Ralph Junge, who is currently coaching Nuernberg (Germany ProA 2nd Division) and has over ten years of experience coaching at the highest level, in Germany.
The United States team is stacked with talent ranging from NCAA I and NBA D-League. The team bolsters 6’9 forward Julius Brooks playing for BK Ogre (Latvia-LBL 1st Div) and vet from Loyola (NCAA I), 6’5 guard Thomas Bropleh currently playing for the Texas Legends (NBA D-League of Dallas Mavericks) and four year vet from Boise State (NCAA I), 6’11 center Will Artino playing forAvis Rapla (Estonia Alexela-KML 1st Div) and vet from Creighton (NCAA I), and 6’8 forward Javier Carter playing for Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League affiliate of Phoenix Suns) and four year vet from South Alabama (NCAA I).
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