Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (3) celebrates with forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Ejim joins Canada men's basketball team

It’s a busy summer for Melvin Ejim. After participating in the NBA Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs, Ejim joins the Canadian men’s national team and heads to Europe today.

The Toronto native joined the roster of 14 total players that will be playing in Europe for exhibitions between July 24th and August 12th. The team did not qualify for the FIBA World Cup that begins on August 30th. You know, the world cup event that the USA actually has a chance to win in.

Here’s the full roster for Canada (via Basketball.ca — and yes, the alternate spelling of center gets me everytime, too):

Name Position Hometown
Jordan Bachynski Centre Calgary, AB.
Jordan Baker Forward Edmonton, AB.
Junior Cadougan Guard Toronto, Ont.
Melvin Ejim Forward Toronto, Ont.
Carl English Guard St. John’s, Nfld.
Brady Heslip Guard Burlington, Ont.
Cory Joseph Guard Toronto, Ont.
Owen Klassen Forward Kingston, Ont.
Andrew Nicholson Forward Mississauga, Ont.
Kelly Olynyk Forward Kamloops, B.C.
Dwight Powell Forward Toronto, Ont.
Robert Sacre Centre North Vancouver, B.C
Philip Scrubb Guard Richmond, B.C.
Thomas Scrubb Guard Richmond, B.C.
Jevohn Shepherd Guard Toronto, Ont.

The head coach is Jay Triano, and he’s joined by assistant coaches Dave Smart, Phil Handy, and Greg Francis. Triano is the former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and is now an assistant on the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s also played twice on the Canadian men’s national team in the Olympics.

Since they missed the FIBA World Cup, they’ll have an 11-game exhibition slate through Canada that will prepare them for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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