Compare Rosters - USA vs. Canada
Joe JACKSON PG 6'0" 08/02/1992 Memphis, NCAA (USA)
Jahii CARSON PG 5'10" 31/08/1992 Arizona State, NCAA (USA)
Keith APPLING PG 6'1"13/02/1992 Michigan State, NCAA (USA)
Anthony BROWN SG 6'6"10/10/1992 Stanford, NCAA (USA)
Tim HARDAWAY JR. SG 6'5" 16/03/1992 Michigan, NCAA (USA)
Jeremy LAMB SF 6'5" 30/05/1992 Connecticut, NCAA (USA)
Khyle MARSHALL SF 6'7" 01/03/1992 Butler, NCAA (USA)
Doug MC DERMOTT SF 6'7"03/01/1992 Creighton, NCAA (USA)
James BELL SG 6'5" 07/01/1992 Villanova, NCAA (USA)
Tony MITCHELL JR. PF 6'9" 07/04/1992 North Texas, NCAA (USA)
Meyers LEONARD C 7'0" 27/02/1992 Illinois, NCAA (USA)
Patric YOUNG PF 6'9" 01/02/1992 Florida NCAA (USA)
Average height: 196cm/6'5"
Kevin PANGOS PG 6'1" 26/01/1993 Gonzaga University, NCAA (CAN)
Julian CLARKE SG 6'3" 12/10/1992 Santa Clara University, NCAA (USA)
Sim BHULLAR C 7'4" 02/12/1992 Huntington Prep, HS (USA)
Matthew LETKEMAN SF 6'7" 10/01/1992 University of Calgary, CIS (CAN)
Junior LOMOMBA SG 6'4" 14/01/1993 Madison Memorial, HS (USA)
Olivier HANLAN SG 6'2"15/02/1993 New Hampton, HS (CAN)
Dyshawn PIERRE SF 6'6" 17/11/1993 Anderson CVI, NCAA (CAN)
Philip SCRUBB SG 6'4" 27/11/1992 Carleton University, CIS (CAN)
Negus WEBSTER-CHAN PF 6'8" 07/01/1993 Huntington Prep, HS (USA)
Justin SHAVER SF 6'6" 11/04/1992 John McCrae Secondary School, HS
Braxston BUNCE PF 6'11" 19/01/1994 Kelowna Secondary School, HS (CAN)
Stephan JANKOVIC PF 6'9" 04/08/1993 Mississauga, Serbia Huntington Prep, HS (USA)
Average height: 199cm/6'6"
While it's unfair to compare to the States but there's some curious things to see in team composition. While this isn't the top notch US U19 players . . .
Everyone on the US is 19 y/o and is playing/will play D1 (High D1 with the exception of North Texas and Butler)
Good size - except PG, but very interchangable and flexible roster.
Canada - lots of 17 and 18 y/o's and mostly playing high school.
JT would be pleased to see Mississauga's reach goes to Serbia.
Sim is 19 and going into his last year of American High School. Hmmmm. Xavier doesn't seem to be such a bad fit - not only has he had the height advantage, but two years on the competition. That's going to be an issue for him in a year's time - but it's good to see he's actually competing with guys his own age.
A question remains - who composed this team? Clearly this is not the best U19 team Canada can produce - even just with CIS talent this team would be better constructed. It's safe to say that Kabongo, Wiltjer and Birch didn't get clearance to play - but the 19 y/o's on this team likely aren't moving up to senior nats. If that would be the case, then get the 17 and 18 y/o talent on the floor. Negus is in the doghouse - which is a shame - he's a stronger talent than Clarke (31% FG and 15% from three!)
If CB wanted to give the younger kids a bit more of a taste, then they should be played. I hope to see the minutes change - even Pangos needs to sit if he keeps shooting under 40 percent.